Snowy mespilus, Amelanchier lamarckii

Five plants for a low-maintenance border

Create a beautiful, low-maintenance border with these five choice plants.

Low-maintenance planting schemes need to be quick and easy to look after.

The key to success is to avoid growing plants that need regular watering, feeding, staking, clipping and deadheading. Instead, select plants that look after themselves and only need attention once a year, if at all. Use a combination of shrubs, including evergreens such as hebes, osmanthus, sarcococca and viburnums, perhaps with some grasses, then add perennials and ground cover plants to fill any gaps and keep weeds at bay.

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