Brown seedheads of Korean feather reed grass

Low-maintenance plants

Our pick of the best low-maintenance plants that require minimal care while looking good.

Short on gardening time? You can still have a beautiful garden, if you choose your plants wisely. The trick is to grow plants that pretty much take care of themselves. This means avoiding tender plants like cannas and eucomis. Because they’re sensitive to cold weather, they need lifting and protecting in winter, then planting again in spring, which can involve a lot of work. Also to be avoided are plants that need lots of deadheading to keep them looking good, like dahlias, monardas and roses.

If you’re away a lot, consider avoiding pots and containers – in hot weather, they’ll dry out quickly and need watering at least once a day. Or grow drought-tolerant plants in them, instead.

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