Beginner’s Guide: Stunning, Low Maintenance Garden

Feeling Overwhelmed? Want low-maintenance beginner gardening tips? We have the Beginners Guide that will make that easy enough to accomplish. 

Do you feel as though your garden just doesn’t look as good as it could? If so then now is the time for you to try and do something about that. If you put in the work now then you should find that your garden looks great for the summer, which is ideal if you plan on hosting friends and family. 

Start With Smart Planning

 Take some time to carefully plan your garden layout. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil type, and drainage. Opt for low-maintenance plants that thrive in your specific conditions. Group plants with similar needs together to simplify watering and care.

Limit Your Lawn Area

Reduce the size of your lawn or eliminate it altogether to cut down on mowing and maintenance. Replace grass with ground covers, gravel paths, or hardscaping features like patios and decks for a more visually interesting landscape.Just because you happen to have a garden, doesn’t mean that you are locked into having a lawn. There are a great deal of alternatives out there and they are great if you want to have a low-maintenance garden. Decking and wooden deck boards are a great solution here as they last for a very long time and they are also suited if you have a big family. If you want to make sure that your decking lasts then simply make sure that you scrub it down from time to time and that you also keep it coated with a protective sealant. If you can do this, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get the result you are going for. 

What Are The Best Plants?

You also need to make sure that you choose the right plants. French lavender is a great option and if you have free-draining soil then that’s even better.  If you are having a hard time knowing which plants are going to thrive and which ones aren’t then one of the best things you can do is talk with your local garden center. When you do have a chat with them, you can feel confident knowing that they are going to advise you on the plants that they have as well as which ones are the lowest maintenance, so make sure that you keep that in mind. 

In a low-maintenance garden, it’s best to choose flowers that are hardy, drought-tolerant, and relatively pest-resistant. Here are some good options:

Lavender (Lavandula)**: Lavender is not only beautiful but also drought-tolerant and attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. This is my most favorite but I have never had luck with it. I’m going to try again this year on the balcony and see if I do better, wish me luck.

Sedum: Also known as stonecrop, sedum is a succulent with colorful, low-growing foliage and clusters of tiny flowers. It requires little water and thrives in sunny locations.

Coreopsis: These cheerful daisy-like flowers come in a variety of colors and bloom profusely throughout the summer. They are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance.

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia): Black-eyed Susans are hardy perennials with bright yellow or orange flowers that bloom from summer to fall. They are drought-tolerant and attract butterflies.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)**: Russian sage is a drought-tolerant perennial with silvery foliage and tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers. It thrives in sunny, dry conditions.

Daylilies (Hemerocallis): Daylilies are reliable perennials with vibrant blooms that come in a range of colors. They are drought-tolerant and require minimal care once established.

Coneflower (Echinacea): Coneflowers are sturdy perennials with colorful daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees. They are drought-tolerant and thrive in full sun.

Yarrow (Achillea): Yarrow is a tough perennial with feathery foliage and clusters of flat-topped flowers in shades of pink, yellow, or white. It is drought-tolerant and attracts butterflies.

Catmint (Nepeta): Catmint is a low-maintenance perennial with aromatic foliage and spikes of lavender-blue flowers. It is drought-tolerant and attracts bees and butterflies.

These flowers are not only beautiful but also relatively easy to care for, making them perfect choices for a low-maintenance garden. If you are looking for a vegetable garden, we have you covered.

Go Big or Go Home

You also need to make sure that you go large with your plants where possible. Most plants come in generous containers, and this means that they need less water when compared to smaller patio pots. As a general rule, it’s important to know that big pots are much easier to take care of when compared to smaller ones. Group plants together if you want and use raised planters if you do not have a lot of garden soil. You’ll find these in urban gardens quite often, so try and keep that in mind. 

For the urban gardeners: Here are some options for large container plants that also offer beautiful flowers:

Dwarf Patio Trees: Varieties of dwarf fruit trees or ornamental trees are suitable for large containers and provide seasonal interest with their blooms. Look for compact varieties of apple, pear, cherry, or ornamental flowering trees like crabapple or ornamental cherry.

Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas are popular shrubs with large, showy flower clusters that bloom from summer to fall. Choose compact varieties like ‘Little Lime,’ ‘Cityline Paris,’ or ‘Bobo’ for containers. These are my FAVORITES real or faux.

Hibiscus: Hardy hibiscus varieties, such as the Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), have large, colorful blooms that add a tropical feel to urban gardens. They do well in containers and thrive in sunny locations. I always had those on the Patio at The Cottage House on Sylvan Lane.

Canna Lilies: Canna lilies are bold and tropical-looking plants with large, colorful flowers and lush foliage. They can be grown in large containers and provide a dramatic focal point in urban gardens.

Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia): Dwarf varieties of butterfly bush, such as ‘Blue Chip’ or ‘Lo & Behold,’ are compact and well-suited for containers. They attract butterflies with their fragrant flowers and bloom from summer to fall. Who doesn’t love these? 

Oleander (Nerium oleander): Oleander is a Mediterranean shrub with large, colorful flowers that bloom throughout the summer. It is heat-tolerant and does well in containers but be cautious as all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Not Pet Friendly.

Bougainvillea: Bougainvillea is a climbing plant with vibrant, papery bracts that surround small white flowers. It thrives in containers and adds a splash of color to urban gardens, especially in sunny locations.

Dwarf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum): Dwarf varieties of Japanese maple are perfect for containers, offering delicate foliage and stunning fall colors. They are ideal for adding height and visual interest to urban gardens.

These large container plants not only provide beautiful flowers but also add greenery, texture, and visual appeal to urban gardens, even in limited spaces.

Keep It Simple

Keeping it simple is also very important. Hardy shrubs and even evergreens are great, but at the same time, you can also plant fewer varieties in bigger numbers. If you can do this then you will soon find that you can have a nice, full garden without constantly having jobs to do. Hedges tend to be good all year round and if you can avoid deciduous plants then you won’t have to worry about raking leaves all the time either. Groundcover plants are also a fantastic choice as they are tough and weave together, so you can keep weeds down with ease. If you can keep this in mind, it’ll work to your advantage. 


You are well on your way to creating a stunning, low-maintenance garden that will be a rewarding endeavor that brings joy, tranquility, and a connection to nature right to your doorstep. Hope you found these tips and suggestions outlined in this guide helpful and encouraging. Remember, gardening is not just about the end result, but also about the joy found in the process. So, grab your gardening gloves, unleash your creativity, and let’s cultivate something beautiful together. Happy gardening!

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge and inspiration to create your own stunning, low-maintenance garden, it’s time to put your green thumb to work! Choose a plant or project to tackle, and don’t forget to leave a comment below sharing your plans or progress. Feel free to share this post with a friend who could use some gardening inspiration too! 

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