17 Low-maintenance Plants for Your Garden

Low-maintenance outdoor plants

It is every gardener’s dream to have a thriving garden with minimal effort, especially if you have a busy schedule. Fortunately, there are low-maintenance outdoor plants that will flourish with little attention.

Some of these plants don’t require regular watering, pruning, or fertilizing. However, although low-maintenance plants require minimal care, they need to be grown in their ideal conditions for them to thrive.

So, if you’re looking for plants that need little attention, below are seventeen different low-maintenance plants, from flowers to shrubs.

Low-maintenance outdoor Plants

1. Sedum (stonecrop)

Sedum plant - a low-maintenance outdoor plant


Commonly known as stonecrop, this elegant plant will thrive in minimal care. It is drought-resistant and doesn’t require regular watering. Additionally, you can easily propagate them as many varieties can be propagated by dividing mature plants or from cuttings.

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

2. Lavender (Lavandula)

Lavender plant - a low-maintenance perennial


English lavender is a common variety that is extremely low-maintenance. Grow it in full sunlight and well-draining soils with minimal watering, and it will fill your garden with enchanting fragrances. 

Suited for Zones: 5 – 8

3. Hostas

Hosta plant - a low-maintenance perennial


This hardy perennial is perfect for shaded areas and will thrive with minimal attention in various soil types and climates. They have lush foliage and are eye-catching, especially at night, due to their colorful blooms. Hostas come in different sizes and colors. 

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

4. Caladium

Caladium plant


Caladium is another low-maintenance outdoor plant. This tropical plant is known for its heart-shaped leaves that come in shades of green, pink, red, and white. While caladiums are not so demanding, plant them in well-draining soils, bright but indirect sunlight with regular watering.

Suited for zones: 9 – 11

5. Ajuga (Bugleweed)

Ajuga plant


Ajuga is an excellent ground cover for shaded areas. It has colorful foliage with bronze, green, and burgundy flowers. The plant thrives in various light conditions in well-drained soils. As a ground cover, ajuga is an extremely low-maintenance plant as it spreads effortlessly, inhibiting weeds and minimizing the need for additional care.

Suited for zones: 3 – 10

6. Hydrangeas


While hydrangeas love adequate watering, especially during dry periods, they require minimal care when established. They do well in shaded areas and well-draining soils. 

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

7. Daylilies (Hemerocallis)


Daylilies are known for their vibrant blooms and minimal requirement needs. These hardy perennials require minimal care once established. They thrive in full sun and different soil types. 

Suited for Zones: 3 – 10

8. Peonies


Known for their stunning blooms and enticing fragrances, peonies thrive in full sun and well-draining but fertile soils. They also require minimal pruning as well. 

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

9. Yucca


Yucca, a genus of perennial trees and shrubs, is adapted to thrive in arid and semi-arid areas. This plant is generally low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering as drought-tolerant, and regular pruning is unnecessary.

Suited for zones: 4 – 9

10. Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Low-maintenance flowers


Coneflower is a hardy perennial loved for its vibrant blooms, which attract pollinators and have medicinal properties. Since it’s drought-resistant, it thrives in various conditions and requires minimal care.

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

11. Japanese Spurge (pachysandra)


Japanese spurge is an evergreen ground cover that loves shaded areas. It grows well in fertile but well-draining soils and spreads quickly to form a lush carpet of greenery. It requires very minimal care.

Suited for zones: 4 – 8

12. Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)


A perennial herbaceous plant with feathery foliage and spiky lavender-blue flowers. Russian sage is drought-resistant and attracts pollinators. It is extremely low-maintenance. 

Suited for Zones: 4 – 9

13.  Heuchera (Coral Bells)


Heuchera or coral bells are perennials that are easy to care for and thrive in shades and well-draining soils. They have bell-shaped and colorful flowers in shades of purple, green, or silver. 

Suited for Zones: 4 – 9

14. Boxwood (Buxus)

Low-maintenance plants for front garden


Boxwood is a relatively low-maintenance evergreen shrub mainly used for hedges and borders. It is drought-resistant and will retain its glossy green foliage throughout the year.

Although it’s a low-maintenance outdoor plant, regular watering and pruning while young are necessary to maintain the desired shape.  

Suited for Zones: 5 – 10

15. Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)


If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant, fountain grass is an excellent choice. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soils. It is a popular ornamental grass with bottlebrush-like flower heads and arching foliage.  

Suited for Zones: 8 – 11

16. Catmint (Nepeta spp.)

Low-maintenance outdoor plants for full sun


Catmint is a perennial herbaceous plant with aromatic foliage. Grow it in full sun and fertile but well-draining soils. It is relatively drought-tolerant once established and will grow in various climates. Its low-maintenance nature makes it common in most gardens.

Suited for Zones: 3 – 9

17. Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica)


Evergreen shrub with glossy foliage and variegated patterns. Its low-maintenance nature makes it a great addition in shady areas and well-draining soils. 

Suited for Zones: 7 – 10

Frequently Asked Questions

What Plants Need Least Maintenance?

Lavender, sedum, yucca, peonies, daylilies, ajuga, heuchera, and fountain grass are among the plants that need the least maintenance.

What are the Best Low-maintenance Plants for the Front Garden?

Daylilies, hostas, black-eyed Susan, sedum, lavender, peony, and boxwood are some of the best low-maintenance plants for the front garden.

Why Do Plants Do Better Outdoors?

Plants do better outdoors because they have free access to sun exposure, rainwater, and more space for root expansion.


The above 17 low-maintenance outdoor plants are excellent choices if you want to create a lush and vibrant garden with little effort. 

Although these plants don’t require much attention, ensure you grow them in ideal conditions to thrive and bring elegance to your outdoor space.


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