8 Easy To Maintain Garden Plants

8 Easy To Maintain Garden Plants

For those who love to travel a lot, having garden plants becomes close to impossible. Most plants require meticulous care as well as healthy soil to thrive and grow. What if I told you that not all plants require extreme care from its owner.

Some plants have the ability to help themselves grow, which eliminates the need for you to take care of it. You can go on vacation and come back to a beautiful garden. You will never have to ask your friends to drop by your home to check up on your garden ever again.

Your New Garden Plants

Below is a detailed list of eight easy to maintain garden plants.

  • Azalea
  • Heather
  • ​Lavender
  • ​Crocus
  • Spring Bulb Iris
  • Sunflowers
  • ​Petunias
  • Nigella (Love in A Mist)


If you have a spot on your patio that’s covered with a tiny amount of shade, you should start planting some azaleas. These flowers thrive in moist soil, so keep this in mind when you are choosing a place to plant them.

Azela Flowers

Once you plant your azaleas, they will look after themselves till the next spring comes around. Once in awhile make a note of the acidity of the soil because azaleas thrive in acidic soil to grow healthily.

After you check up on your garden once every couple of months, you should put down some mulch to encourage even more azaleas from sprouting. You can remove dead azaleas to also encourage new ones from forming.


Heather Bushes

Heather flowers require some time commitment at first but get easier to maintain as time goes on. In the beginning, heathers need water twice a week to grow to its full size. After a year or so you heather plant won’t need you to attend to it.

After a certain period, heathers can take care of themselves, which makes them ideal for people who love to travel.

If you live in an area that experiences a lot of droughts, heather flowers are perfect for such conditions. In fact, heather flowers are drought resistant, so when the rain stops falling, your heathers won’t die.


If you love the smell of lavender, you should include lavender as part of your patio garden. These flowers look exceptionally pretty with its shades of blue, purple, and even sometimes white.

Professional gardeners recommend pruning lavenders immediately after it flowers and provide an area with a decent drainage system. With this setup, your lavender plant will be able to withstand extreme sunny conditions as well as poor soil.

Your lavender requires no attention if you set it up in the proper environment to thrive on its own.

Lavender Flowers on a path


If you’re looking for plants that require little maintenance, the Crocus plant is the one for you. These bulbs come in various colors that range from blues to yellows to even striped color combinations.

Cronus Flowers

These bulbs are so resilient to extreme weather conditions that they even bloom when there’s snow on the ground. For those who live in areas that experience the four seasons, the crocus will prove to be a plant that will never die.

Professional gardeners recommend placing Crocus bulbs on the borders of your home. These bulbs act as a nice fence, and they can grow up to your waist.

Spring Bulb Iris

Spring Bulb Iris Flowers

For those who don’t know who to maintain healthy soil, spring bulb irises will be your preferred garden plant. Spring bulb iris require no attention whatsoever and thrive completely on their own.

If you want to get creative with your spring bulb irises, you can place them in any large hole in your garden. You can add stones around the hole for decorative purposes. After a couple of days, you’ll see your spring bulb irises starting to bloom.

You will never have to play a part in maintaining spring bulb irises.


If you have kids, getting them involved in the garden is a great hobby for them to develop. Sunflowers are the type of plant that is kid friendly and incredibly easy to grow and maintain.

Sunflowers Patch in Garden

All you have to do is sow the seeds into healthy soil in a spot in your garden that is both sunny and sheltered. After planting the seeds, the sunflower will do all the work to start growing. It’s essential to find the proper spot for a sunflower to grow. This is where most people go wrong and never have their sunflowers bloom.

You can add bars around your sunflowers to provide support. When you do so, your sunflower can grow up to 14 feet high.


If you want to include some pots as part of your patio decor, petunias are the optimal plant for such conditions. Petunia seeds need to be planted from around February to April if you want as little maintenance as possible.

Petunias in a Garden

If you want close to zero maintenance, professional gardeners recommend getting young petunias and planting them directly into the ground around June.

Petunias have the ability to thrive in hanging baskets, pots, or even amongst your other flowers in your garden. All that’s required from you is to plant them in the ground, and the petunias take care of the rest.

Nigella (Love In A Mist)

Love In A Mist Patch

Nigellas are some of the easiest plants to grow because they have the ability to self-sustain. You don’t have to take care of them for them to grow their full length. All you have to do is scatter nigella seeds across the patio area you want to grow them in.

After you scatter the seeds, the nigella plant finishes the growing process. These flowers are extremely tough so that they can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Once nigellas fade, it will release seeds for the next planting season. Once you plant nigellas, you’ll always have them.


It’s not impossible to find garden plants that require close to zero attention. Now you have to choose which ones will be excellent additions to your patio. You have many options to choose from, and you can use pots as accents to complement the rest of your patio decor.

Plants don’t have to be an immense commitment if you choose the right ones.



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