Oftentimes I’ll share the progress of my flowers and plants in and around my house when I’m watering and feeding them on Instagram Stories. I enjoy the process of growing things outdoors but I’ve learned that I really do best with plants or flowers that are low maintenance.
I had a garden in my backyard at one point which was pretty simple but I didn’t take the time to properly maintain it.
The landscaping was established when we moved into our home last year, so now all I need to do it just keep everything alive and from becoming way overgrown. I’ve planted a few things in pots that are relatively easy to keep alive, and so far everything is thriving.
If you are getting the itch to plant some flowers or greenery outdoors, here are a few resilient options that are hard to kill.
Petunias (They are self-cleaning, which means you don’t have to remove the faded flowers.)
Coleus (Coloblaze Torchlight coleus)
At my old house, I had a few pots of Impatiens that did really well. They are truly very low maintenance. They can look deader than dead but if you dump water on them they’ll come back to life.
I also have 2 boxwood plants in tall planters flanking my front door. And I took a risk and planted 2 gardenias in smaller pots near my front door as well. Gardenias need a good deal of sun so I have them out on the steps a bit more than the Boxwoods so they get plenty of sunshine.
I use regular Miracle Grow on those plants, and occasionally feed my rose bushes that are scattered around the existing landscaping.
If I were to start my landscaping over from scratch, I’d do a ton more gardenia and hydrangea bushes instead of roses so I may replace some dying rose bushes with one of those flowering bushes.
A Hydrangea is my favorite flower, only second to my impossible to find all-time favorite Lily of the Valley. I’ve only found those in Wisconsin near my parent’s lake house. They smell so incredibly good and are such a pretty, delicate little flower. Apparently, they are highly poisonous and only grow in cooler climates so I may need to find a faux lily of the valley to enjoy down south!