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.
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 (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 (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.