Easy to grow flowering plants create vibrant blooms without the hassle of daily maintenance. Unfussy plants can be found in a wide range of sizes and shapes. The flowers, shrubs and vines are often drought- and heat-tolerant. They also tolerate wide ranges of soil varieties, including poor soils. Tucked along a flowerbed or lining a garden path, easy to care for plants are a gardener's dream.
The white coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan') is tolerant of heat, poor soils ad humidity, making for an unfussy plant. White coneflower is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate and clumping, upright form. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, white coneflowers have daisy-like, white blooms that emerge in summer to last into fall. The copper to green cones are flanked by the large white rays of petals that measure 4 1/2 inches long. Drought-tolerant white coneflowers are easy to grow, withstanding arid climates where moisture is limited. White coneflowers grow best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained, deep soil. To promote a long blooming season, deadhead the spent blooms as soon as they are visible. Plant white coneflowers in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 3 to 9.
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a perennial shrub with a vigorous growth rate and medium to coarse texture. Growing 5 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, butterfly bushes have an upright rounded form with arching branches. Attached to the branches are the clusters of small, fragrant flowers. Growing 4 to 10 inches wide, the flowers come in a wide range of colors including, purple, pink, white, yellow and lilac. Emerging in summer and lasting through fall, butterfly bushes have a long flowering season. Butterfly bushes are drought-tolerant and easy to transplant, making for a low maintenance flowering plant. Their foliage is blue to green and ranges from 4 to 10 inches long. They grow best in full sun and well-drained, moist soils but tolerate a wide range of soil varieties. Prune butterfly bushes in winter to ensure a healthy plant the following year. Plant in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is an evergreen vine with a moderate to rapid growth rate. Growing 10 to 20 feet long, they have a twining clumping method and wiry stems. The fragrant yellow flowers on Carolina jasmine emerge in spring to light up the garden. Wind- and drought-tolerant, Carolina jasmine has shiny green foliage that bronzes in winter. As an evergreen, Carolina jasmine keeps its foliage and color year round. They grow best in full sun to part shade. Plant in USDA zones 7 to 9.