Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Is there really such a thing as a low-maintenance perennial garden?   The answer is "Yes."  All plants require at least a little care, but if you plant plants with the following characteristics, you'll have minimal care:
  • Division needed no more frequently than every 4 years
  • Hardy to -20 degrees without winter protection
  • High degree of tolerance for pests (no spraying necessary)
  • Stakes not necessary
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils
  • Leaves are attractive through the season, or leaves hidden by surrounding plants
  • Doesn't spread by runners, or self sows (not invasive)
These are some of the perennials I have that I know are low maintenance: 

  • Baby's Breath
  • Balloon flower
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Candytuft
  • Lupine
  • Coneflower
  • Coralbells
  • Daylily
  • Goatsbeard
  • Helebore
  • Hibiscus
  • Hosta
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Lady's Mantle
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lungwort
  • Meadow Rue
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Peony
  • Pincushion flower
  • Phlox
  • Siberian Iris
  • Speedwell
  • Solomon's Seal
  • Virginia Bluebells
Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

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