How to Plant Low-Maintenance Flowers


Gardeners create low-maintenance flower gardens because they are good for busy lifestyles in that their upkeep is less work while allowing the same amount of enjoyment as other types of flower gardens. Typically, a low-maintenance flower garden is filled with perennial, native plants. Natives have adapted to the area over time. By adapting to the region where they are to be grown, these plants generally require less water; withstand the local temperatures and all other natural events with few adverse effects. For these reasons, growing low-maintenance flowers makes sense for the environment and gardener alike.

Step 1

Remove all the weeds and small stones from the garden bed by chopping the entire area with a hoe. Rake loosened weeds and stones out of the planting area, and place them in wheelbarrow. Dispose of the weeds where they will not reseed. If desired, set aside the stones for use in or around the flowerbed once the plants are in place.

Step 2

Add compost to the planting area. Use a cultivator to mix compost with your garden soil. Mix the compost in deeply, using a hoe, if the cultivator does not chop into the soil at least 4 inches. Level the soil by lightly drawing the hoe or the back of a rake across top of soil.

Step 3

Lay weed cloth over the planting area and cut it to fit all angles of bed. Use scissors to make cuts in cloth where you will set the plants.

Step 4

Dig planting holes with a spade or shovel. Set the plants into the holes, however, do not push the soil into planting hole yet. Step back to get a good look at the placement of each plant. When you're satisfied with the placement, place loose soil around the roots and tamp the soil down to help remove air pockets.

Step 5

Stretch a soaker hose or hoses around plants where water will easily reach their root systems. Using soaker hoses allows for maximum water retention in soil nearest roots where it is most needed.

Step 6

Spread mulch. Adding mulch to flower beds saves water, keeps plant roots cool in summer and helps to prevent them from freezing in winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear a sunhat and garden gloves when gardening.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Cultivator
  • Scissors
  • Native plants
  • Weed cloth
  • Soaker hose
  • Mulch


  • "The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening;" Christopher Brickell, Editor-in-Chief; Elvin McDonald, Editor-in-Chief, American Horticultural Society; Trevor Cole, Consulting Editor; 1993

Who Can Help

  • North American Native Plant Society
  • Australian Native Plant Nurseries
Keywords: low maintenance gardens, grow natives, prepare soil

About this Author

Nora Grace is a freelance writer covering the topics of gardening, travel and family issues. Grace has published more than one hundred articles on garden and general interest websites across the Internet since 2007. Web writing credits include feature stories for Suite101, articles for Dave's Garden, Orato and BellaOnline.