Low maintenance plants like perennial blooms and native grasses create brilliant flowers year after year. These long-lived and unfussy plants help to keep watering down to a minimum and thrive in high heat environments. Planting low maintenance plants ensures a gorgeous garden throughout the seasons and one that provides enjoyment for many years to come. To keep the flowers blooming, deadhead or remove the spent blooms as soon as they are noticeable.
Ornamental grasses are heat-tolerant and drought-resistant. They do well in arid climates where water is limited. Ornamental grasses are perennial, meaning they come back each year fuller and taller. Their foliage grows vertically for a showy plant among the landscape. Fountain grass, a type of ornamental grass, grows in a mound-like form and has pinkish flowers called plumes that bloom each summer. The arching stems are narrow and long and hold the foxtail-like plumes. Fountain grass reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and almost 3 feet wide. These hardy plants are ideal planted along a perennial border or covering a bank or slope.
Like the fountain grass, coreopsis requires little water. A member of the sunflower family, coreopsis is a low maintenance perennial flower that produces a plethora of colorful blooms. The colors include orange, yellow, crimson and red. Coreopsis tends to self-seed and spread around the landscape with their bright bursts of color. They grow 1 to 2 feet in height and their foliage grows out 3 feet wide, making this a lovely plant inside a flower bed or lining a front walk. The coreopsis has dark green leaves and long slender stems that hold the layered flowers. These long-lasting flowers bloom all summer long for a brilliant sea of color to the landscape.
Another unfussy and low maintenance flower is the coneflower. This perennial blooms year after year and has bright purple to pink flowers. Their coppery centers resemble a small beehive and attract bees and butterflies alike. The coneflower grows up to 2 feet tall with flowers that are 4 inches wide. Coneflowers should be planted in the fall or spring and when the temperatures are mild so as to help them become properly established.
These drought-tolerant and low maintenance flowers provide color to the landscape beginning around September and lasting through the fall. Their delicate petals surround a bright yellow center that attracts insects like bumble bees. Asters are extremely tough plants that tolerate any type of soil and produce a mound of blooms. These unfussy perennials grow 2 to 3 feet tall and have blooms that range 2 to 3 inches wide. Deadhead these plants to ensure a constant stream of fresh blooms throughout the fall.