Is your garden high maintenance? Living such busy lives, it can be difficult to find the to find time to maintain your garden—and when you have time, it’s not always what you feel like doing. It doesn’t have to be like this! If you want a garden that looks good and doesn’t constantly need your attention, consider adding a low maintenance plants to your garden. Whether you’re currently designing a garden for your new home or sick of always raking leaves and fertilising your current garden, these easy-to-maintain plants will make your life a whole lot easier.
Lomandra (Lomandra longifolia)
If you’re looking for an affordable and durable garden filler, look no further than the ever-popular lomandra. This Australian native has narrow, stripy leaves and grows to about 1 metre in height. Lomandras require very little maintenance, can grow in all types of soil and have the ability to thrive both in the shade and sun.
Japanese sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica)
Don’t let the name fool you, the Japanese sacred bamboo plant is perfect for all Australian backyards. Whether you’re in the intense tropical heat of the northern states or located in the cooler southern climate, this plant will thrive and survive with very little care needed. This popular evergreen grows into a rounded shrub with beautiful bamboo-like foliage and eye-catching colours depending on the time of year.
Bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae)
Great if you’re looking to add a bit of variety to your garden bed, bird of paradise is a unique-looking plant that can transform any dull garden into something spectacular. This popular clump-forming plant has a number of spoon-shaped green leaves and can grow up to 2 metres tall. Its trademark is a wonderful beak-like sheath which unveils an array of orange and blue flowers resembling a bird, with its head and beak—hence the name.
Oleander (Nerium oleander cvs)
Want a beautiful garden with minimum fuss? Native to the Mediterranean, the oleander is not only beautiful, but extremely hardy. Flowering in a number of different colours depending on the variety, the oleander can tolerate sandy soils, salty sea breezes and even periods of drought and prolonged heat. You name the condition and this tough species of plant can probably grow there. Just be careful if you’re a pet owner as the flowers are toxic if consumed.