Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still have a beautiful yard if you choose the right plants. Careful choice of what to place in your yard will mean less maintenance.
When selecting the plants for your yard, do some research on which plants are native to your climate. While exotic plants may look different and interesting in your yard, if they aren’t meant for that area you’ll likely need to spend a lot of time coddling them.
If you live in the desert, it’s best not to choose plants that require a lot of water. Not only will you have to pay close attention to them, but the cost of keeping them watered will be high—or impossible if you face drought restrictions on water. Climates with cold, harsh winters aren’t the best place for plants native to warm, tropical climates. Get to know the plants that grow naturally in your area—odds are good they’ll thrive without much attention.
Plant Hardy Perennials
The best thing about perennials is that you don’t have to plant every year. When you choose hardy, low-maintenance perennials, they will come back year after year with little effort on your part.
Many species of perennials, including coneflowers and ferns, can survive in a variety of soils and survive even harsh winters. There are also a lot of ornamental grasses that will provide lovely ground cover with little effort, and will come back year after year to keep your outdoor space green.
Succulents Can Take The Heat
If watering your plants isn’t high on your to-do list, succulents can solve your problem. While many people picture prickly cacti when they think of succulents, there are plenty of other options that are attractive and can survive a serious lack of water and a lot of hot weather.
While succulents are best suited to hot, dry climates, many will survive frost if you simply cover them over the colder months. Some of the hardiest choices are Red Yucca and Texas Sotol, both of which can survive weather as cold as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The key to a low-maintenance yard is to take some time to research which plants thrive best in your climate with little care. Your local garden shop can help you determine what to plant to avoid a lot of hours of work in your yard and add hours of enjoyment.
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