50 Best Low Maintenance Flowers To Grow – No Green Thumb Required 2022
Gardening has a wide variety of health benefits. It’s a great form of exercise, and there’s nothing like reconnecting with the great outdoors.
Unfortunately, sometimes gardening turns into exactly that: work. You, too, should be able to enjoy your garden from time to time! Growing plants that take care of themselves more or less is an easy way to reduce your workload.
Growing a low-maintenance flower garden comes down to choosing the perfect plants. Ideally, you should choose plants that are native to your growing area, as well as those that are resistant to diseases and pests. Ideally, you should choose plants that do not have to be pruned or fertilized frequently or do a good job of competing with weeds.
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50 Best Low-Maintenance Flowers to Grow: No Green Thumb Required
- Russian Sage.
- Butterfly Weed.
- Moss Rose.
Low maintenance flowers to grow.
Not sure what to look for? Below are 50 perfect flowers for low-maintenance gardens. It takes no green thumbs or prior experience to grow them and create a beautiful garden space. If you are looking for something new to add to your space this year, this list will be a great place to start.
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“cosmos” is Greek and translates directly to “harmony.” Grow this colorful flower in your garden, and you are sure to experience your harmony. It grows best in full sun or partial shade and is replanted, so you’ll get fresh flowers from spring through fall. It is hardy in zones 2 through 11.
2. Russian sage
Russian sage is a perennial herb that grows well in almost any soil type. It attracts bees and butterflies and has very few diseases or pest problems to speak of. It is also drought tolerant.
If you want butterflies in your garden, check out these DIY butterfly feeders to add to your garden. Such a fun addition that it makes butterflies come to stay.
Although sunflowers are annuals, which means you will need to replant them each year, they are often replanted when left in the ground between growing seasons. Not only that, but sunflowers attract birds, bees, and all kinds of butterflies as well.
These flowers thrive in full sun and bloom during the summer months. They can tolerate most soil types, and depending on the variety, they can grow up to 16 feet tall!
4. Butterfly grass
Butterfly grass grows well in most types of soil. Once planted, it requires very little water. This plant grows best in zones 3-9, producing fragile orange flowers that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other types of pollinators.
The hosta is the quintessential garden plant. Not only do you get low-maintenance foliage that is beautiful to look at, but you will also be rewarded with flowers in the early summer months. These plants grow well in various soil types and climates and even do well in the shade. They are hardy in zones 3-9.
If you want more ground cover, you might like this list of the longest flowering trees and shrubs. This list has great additions to add to your planting cycle this year.
Coreopsis is commonly seen as a wildflower, so you can imagine how easy it is to care for it. This plant grows well in hot, dry, and humid conditions. It can be easily grown in zones 4-9.
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Zinnias are hardy annuals that can grow up to 24 inches tall. Blooming best during the intense heat of summer, these flowers attract butterflies and grow best in full sun. They can be found in red, yellow, orange, white, and pink shades.
8. Moss Rose
Moss rose is a flower with delicate rose-like flowers and succulent leaves. It looks like a desert plant but thrives in zones 2-11.
Moss rose is one of my favorite additions to this spilled pot flower garden. They look so natural and beautiful! A great option for adding color to a common addition in your garden.
Peonies are long-lived plants that will bloom in the same location for more than ten years. They are also often slug and drought-resistant and grow well in zones 3-8.
10. Hens and chicks
Hens and Chicks is a perennial plant part of the succulent family. It grows well in sandy and rocky conditions and stays close to the ground. You may want to check out this list of perennials for more ideas to fit in a succulent garden bed.
Carnation flowers, also known as “roses,” bloom continuously from May through August. These flowers are easy to care for because they are resistant to disease and deer. They also produce attractive evergreen foliage, making them prime candidates for rock gardens or border plants.
Yarrow is a medicinal herb that produces delicate white flowers. Many gardeners see it as a weed, but not for a good reason! This plant is beautiful to look at and very easy to maintain. It grows best in zones three through nine, with plants reaching about four feet in height.
13. Dwarf daffodils
Some daffodils can be difficult to grow, but that is not the case with dwarf daffodils. Dwarf daffodils are short in stature and poisonous to mice, moles, and other rodents, so you don’t have to worry about pests invading your yard. They also multiply rapidly after the first year and grow well in zones 3 through 8.
If you love daffodils, you will also love all these bright perennial flowers that can create a beautiful garden that returns year after year.
Agastache is an easy-to-grow perennial that thrives on neglect. It is an aromatic flower that produces a spiky green, resistant to excessive heat and even early frosts. It fits into this list of drought-resistant flowers. Plus, purple is a favorite color, so it’s always a good choice!
15. Pasque Flower
The pasque flower adds unique texture and color to any garden. A hardy perennial native to the alpine meadows of Europe. It prefers full sun with a little shade in the afternoon.
As long as you grow your petunias in full or partial sun, they will bloom well during the fall, summer, and spring months. They only need to be watered once a week, and a dead bath is not required.
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Lantana is a flower that produces magnificent flowers and is very easy to care for. It is a perennial plant, although you may need to bring it indoors during the winter months.
Marigolds are often grown in gardens alongside greens and other edible plants because they are great at repelling various insects. Plus, they smell great and can also keep mosquitoes away. Marigolds grow quickly from seed and bloom in spring, summer, and fall.
Also known as echinacea, echinacea is technically a flowering herb known to be hardy, long-blooming, and drought tolerant. It grows well almost everywhere in zones 3 through 9 and can be found in shades of pink and purple.
Impatiens bloom almost non-stop from June until the first frost. These flowers can grow up to 24 inches tall and, although they are perennial in zones 10-11, they are annuals in most other growing zones. They prefer to grow in clay soils and keep moist, but otherwise, there isn’t much you need to do to care for these beautiful flowers.
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Heuchera offers impressive foliage in shades of red to green. You will love growing this plant, especially in the fall when it can add diversity between your annuals and perennials. Grows with minimal care in zones 4 through 9.
22. Morning glory
Another annual flower that requires very little maintenance is morning glory. This flower blooms in late summer to early fall and self-sows quickly. You have to be careful where you plant if you don’t want them to come back the following year!
Morning gazebos are often used to cover trellises and walls. They attract both butterflies and birds, but it is important to note that the seeds are very toxic if ingested.
23. Canna Lily
The canna lily is a beautiful flower that can be grown from a bulb as soon as the danger of frost has passed. Keep it moist, but that’s all you need to do to keep it healthy (and even then, it’s fairly drought tolerant).
24. Sweet peas
Sweet peas produce beautiful flowers in red, purple, pink, white, and blue shades. These fragrant flowers bloom best in spring through early summer, but they will bloom well into fall when grown in cooler climates.
The seeds of this flower look a lot like edible sweet peas, but resist the urge! They can be toxic.
These plants prefer to be kept moist and grown in full sun, but other than that, you won’t have to do much to care for them.
Hydrangeas are quite impressive to behold, and in many cases, well adapted to growing in the ground and containers. They offer a picturesque rural appearance and grow best in zones 3-9.
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Nasturtiums grow best when given a trellis to climb, and they often reach heights of more than 10 feet. They are colorful, fast-growing flowers that bloom from May through September. If you’re interested in getting even more out of your low-maintenance garden, they have edible flowers and leaves, and they grow best in well-draining soil.
27. Creeping thyme
A favorite of low-maintenance gardeners, creeping thyme is a fragrant, edible groundcover perennial in most places. All it needs is a little warm weather and a little watering now and then to keep it healthy.
Euphorbia is another perennial that is resistant to both slugs and deer. Its roots are also poisonous to moles, so you don’t have to worry about rodents breaking the party. They grow best in zones 4-10.
Pansies are often grown as annuals but can be perennial in zones 6-10. Found in various colors, these flowers can sometimes even bloom in the winter and early spring in warm climates! You will find pansies in almost any nursery.
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Kalanchoe is a succulent plant that grows well in dry conditions. Hardy in zones 8-10, this plant loves to be grown in the heat. It can grow up to 12 inches tall, producing beautiful pink, yellow, red, and orange flowers.
31. American Beautyberry
Technically a shrub, the American Beauty Berry produces gorgeous green foliage and stunning purple berries, and lilac flowers. It is drought tolerant and resistant to most pests and diseases.
Snapdragons produce flowers in various colors, including purple, peach, red, yellow, pink, white, purple, and orange. They are tall flowers that can grow quickly to heights of 12 inches or more. They grow best in spring through fall and attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Catmint is a non-culinary variety of mint, often grown in rock gardens. It is drought tolerant and resistant to both rabbits and deer. It can also look great in succulent gardens for a pop of color.
Clematis is a beautiful purple flower that occurs in summer and fall. It grows quickly, spreading upward and outward in your low-maintenance garden.
The anemone is a beautiful flower with white and blue colors. These flowers look a lot like daisies, except that they grow close to the ground and form a dense groundcover. They grow best in zones 5-8.
36. Wax begonias
Wax begonia is an easy-care flower that grows well in most growing zones but is only perennial in zones 10-11.
This plant can be found in colors like yellow, pink, white, and orange and reaches 6 to 12 inches. It is ideal for hanging baskets, raised beds, containers, and blooms prolifically in the fall and summer months.
37. Coral honeysuckle
Coral honeysuckle is a plant that grows in the wild in many parts of the United States. It produces flowers that attract hummingbirds and are shaped like buns. The plant requires minimal watering and can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
38. Butterfly bush
The butterfly bush is a sun-loving plant that grows well in zones 5-10. It comes in all colors, including purple and red, and blooms continuously from summer to fall. As the name suggests, this plant will also attract hordes of butterflies and hummingbirds to your lawn.
39. Ice plant
The ice plant is a low-maintenance flower that grows well in hot, dry regions. It is tolerant of both heat and drought, but, contrary to its name, it does not resist frost well. However, you can go up to two weeks without water!
Lupins grow best in zones 4-8 and can be grown as annuals or perennials. They rise to four feet tall and are best used on borders. They self-grow and have been known to attract butterflies.
The bluebell flower is unique because it can naturalize on its own; While this is great news for someone looking to grow a low-maintenance garden, just keep in mind that flowers can quickly outgrow a smaller plot! They are hardy in zones 6-8.
Fuchsias are not hardy in many growing areas, just zone 10-11, but if you are lucky enough to live in one of these warmer climates, you should consider growing these flowers. They are very easy to care for and can be wintered indoors if the weather is not warm enough. They grow well in the shade and like moist, well-drained soil.
Snowdrops are easy to grow and bloom early, sometimes even in January! They grow best in shady areas, such as forests and under trees. They are hardy in zones 3-7.
Geraniums can be found in almost any color, including magenta, lavender, pink, white, red, pink, and purple. They grow up to 24 inches tall and offer incredibly low maintenance colors that will last from spring to the first frost.
These flowers are perfect in planters, raised beds, containers, and hanging baskets. They are known to attract birds and other pollinators, preferring full sun with some shade in the afternoon in hot climates.
45. Magic carpet
Also known as spirea, Magic Carpet is technically just a foliage plant. However, its foliage is so remarkable and brightly colored that it seems the plant is covered in flowers. This plant produces beautiful foliage that grows close to the ground. It is hardy in zones 4 to 9.
Technically an herb, lavender is a flower that produces beautiful purple blooms from late June through August. It grows up to 24 inches tall and has attracted butterflies and bees. Some cultivars even keep mosquitoes away.
It easily fits into this list of plants that repel mosquitoes. Perfect for adding to your backyard or around any deck or patio in your home.
47. Spider flower
The spider flower, or cleome hassleriana, is a hardy perennial that grows best in full sun. It is hardy in zones 2 through 11.
Dahlias can be found in white, orange, red, pink, purple, and yellow colors. These flowers grow up to six feet tall and will thrive in most growing conditions in zones 7-10. They bloom as early as eight weeks after planting and can be planted in early spring.
49. Knock Out Roses
Roses are notoriously difficult to care for, but that is not the case with knock-out roses. These plants can be found in shades of pink, white, and red, and they are hardy and resistant to disease. They grow best in zones 5-11.
Hardy in zones 3-10, daylilies can be grown anywhere and are very easy to care for. These plants bloom continuously and are more or less free of pests. They are excellent for growing in large groups and are tolerant of intense heat and high humidity.
Types of outdoor plants
- Plantain lilies
Perennial flowers that bloom all season
- False goat’s beard
- Shasta daisy
Planning your low maintenance garden
If you are new to gardening, a low-maintenance garden is the way to go. Consider growing plants that are native to your region to make your life even easier.
Make sure you plan your garden to have a good idea of which plants you are going to place and where. Remember that perennial cultivars may take some time to establish themselves, but once they do, they will explode in size and color! You’ll want to leave enough space, so your yard doesn’t get crowded.
Hopefully, these low-maintenance flowers will give you great ideas for how to get started when you start planning your summer garden.
What flowers do not have to be replanted?
Plants & Flowers That Will Bloom Each Year Without Replanting
- Perennials. Perennials are non-woody plants that come back every year from underground root systems. …
- Shrubs. …
- Bulbs and Rhizomes. …
What plants dont need much maintenance?
- Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) …
- ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) …
- Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) …
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) …
- Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) …
- Succulents (multiple families) …
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
What does it mean when you have a green thumb?
an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully: Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.
What flowers need less maintenance? Top 10 Low Maintenance Perennials
- Shasta Daisy. Shasta Daisies are easy to grow. …
- Coneflower. Coneflower is a mid-summer bloomer that’s a great cut flower. …
- Hardy Hibiscus. Hardy hibiscus loves full sun and attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. …
- Perennial Geranium. …
- Hosta. …
- Ferns. …
- Catmint. …
Is green thumb a saying?
If someone has a green thumb, they are very good at gardening and their plants grow well. She has an unbelievably green thumb, she can grow anything.
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