Low-Maintenance Plants for Landscaping

Create a vibrant, low-maintenance landscape by growing unfussy plants. Available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors, each with its own distinct growing requirements, easy-to-care-for plants help create a long-lasting design with little effort. Low-maintenance plants are often heat and drought-tolerant and can withstand a wide range of soil types and climates, creating an ideal plant for those with little time to garden.

Purple Coneflower

Bright star purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea 'Bright Star') are a low-maintenance perennial flower with a moderate growth rate. Their upright shape and clumping habit makes an ideal flower to grow along a flower border for color and texture. The daisy-like flowers on bright star coneflowers bloom from summer to early fall, creating a long-lasting blooming season. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, bright star coneflowers have red to purple rays that grow 5 inches wide to contrast with their copper to orange cones. A winged wildlife attractant, purple coneflowers attract butterflies and birds to the garden. Bright Star purple coneflowers require full sun to part shade and well-drained, deep soil. Drought-tolerant, bright star coneflowers tolerate a wide range of conditions, including poor soil, high heat and humidity. To ensure a long blooming season, deadhead or remove the spent blooms as soon as you notice them. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 3 to 9.

American Aloe

American aloe (Agave Americana), also called a century plant, is a succulent variety with a moderate growth rate and striking foliage. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide, American aloe plants have a clumping growth habit, ideal for planting in a rock or desert garden. The broad, rosette-shaped leaves are sword-like with a green edge and pale cream strip running down the center of each leaf. American aloe plants don't require a lot of moisture, yet thrive in full sun only, making for a low-maintenance landscape plant. The zones or planting are 9 to 11.

Carissa Holly

Carissa holly (Ilex cornuta 'Carissa') is an evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate and course texture. The compact, rounded form is ideal planted along a front patio or backyard border. Drought and heat-tolerant, Carissa holly tolerates periods of limited moisture, creating an easy-to-care-for shrub. Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, Carissa holly shrubs have dark green to olive green leaves that grow 2 to 3 inches long. As an evergreen, Carissa holly shrubs retain their foliage and color throughout the winter to provide a constant burst of vibrancy to the often colorless landscape. Carissa holly requires full sun to part shade and tolerates a wide range of soil varieties. The zones for planting are 7 to 9.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.