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Low-maintenance Plants

Low-maintenance Plants

Are your houseplants wilting due to lack of care? Is your hectic schedule the reason for this? Here is some information regarding low-maintenance plants for homes, offices, aquariums, gardens, and ground covers.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2018
As we all know, plants need air, water, nutrients, and specific environmental conditions for growth and development. The only thing is that the required amount or range may fluctuate from one plant to another. Thus, apart from basic prerequisites, some plant cultivars do need special care and attention for optimal growth. Examples of these are herbaceous seasonals, that need stacking for support, and uprooting and replanting after the blooming period is over. In short, they are difficult to grow for novice hobbyists, who do not have an expertise in the gardening field.

Not many of us are lucky enough to grow and enjoy lustrous green foliage or vibrant flowers. The key solution to this is opting for plants, which have the ability to adapt to a wide range of growing conditions such as drought, stagnant water, brackish soil, etc. Once established in the provided growth medium, they perform well, under basic care. With such plant choices, you can easily maintain healthy vegetation in and around your home, even if you do not have a green thumb. In this article, we will take a look at the plant varieties that grow with less effort.
Landscaping Plants
So, you have a garden, and do not know which plant varieties will grow best. You will come across a wide range of biennial and perennial flowering plants. As a novice gardener, you can try your hands at the following plants:
  • Blanket flower
  • Coneflower
  • Black-eyed susan
  • Blazing star
  • Foamflower
  • Sea thrift
  • Paeonia
  • Coral bells
  • Siberian iris
  • Moonbeam coreopsis
  • Zebra grass
  • Mahonia
  • Pink everlasting or pussy-toes
  • Boxwood
  • Globe thistle
  • Japanese barberry
  • Christmas rose
Ground Cover Plants
Ground cover plants are often included while planning a landscape design. They can be foliage or flowering variety, and creeping or trailing type. They are planted to cover bare soil and control weed. Some of those that are low on maintenance are:
  • Bearberry
  • Creeping mazus
  • Creeping phlox
  • Elephant's ears
  • Cushion Spurge
  • Snowdrop
  • Lilyturf
  • Club Moss
  • Ground cover roses
  • Allegheny spurge pachysandra
  • Barren strawberry
  • Mock strawberry
  • Creeping junipers
  • Bugleweed
  • Lady's mantle
  • Rock Cress
  • Gazanias
  • Alyssum
Aquarium Plants
Aquatic varieties are grown in a confined environment, with a constant range of growing conditions. Here are some types for easy maintenance:
  • Hornwort
  • Anubias
  • Najas
  • Java fern
  • Java moss
  • Crinum plants
  • Dwarf hygrophila
  • Aponogeton
  • Echinodorus
  • Glossostigma
  • Marsilea sp.
  • Microsorum
  • Amazon sword
House Plants
As the name signifies, houseplants are grown inside the house, under the roof, in warm conditions. They are native to the tropical and subtropical regions, where they grow under the canopies of large trees. Listed below are easy-to-maintain indoor plants for your home interiors:
  • Pothos
  • Cast iron plant
  • Dragon tree
  • Lucky bamboo 
  • Snake plant or Mother-in-law's tongue
  • Spider plant
  • Aloe vera
  • Croton
  • Dumb cane
  • Peace lily
  • Rubber plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Jade plant
  • African violet
  • Christmas cactus
  • Prayer plant
  • Dracaenas
  • English ivy
  • Boston fern
  • Philodendron
May it be in homes or offices, a green component adds life to any living space. Coming to office plants, you will obviously prefer varieties that are easy to grow and at the same time, look attractive for a longer time. The above-mentioned houseplants can be used for offices as well.
So, this was all about plants that easily sustain in different environmental conditions. Do not be in the impression that these are boring or less attractive; you can select colorful species that will blend with the interiors or surroundings. Precisely speaking, varieties that require minimal maintenance may differ from one region to another. The thumb rule is to choose those species, the growing conditions of which match the climatic conditions in your area.