50 Low Maintenance Plants: Indoor and Outdoor No Maintenance Gardening

Georgette Kilgore headshot, wearing 8 Billion Trees shirt with forest in the background.Written by Georgette Kilgore

Gardening | February 16, 2024

Man looking at his watering can that has spiderwebs growing on it from un-use and his dying plants on the table wonders if there is a low maintenance plants guide that outlines indoor and outdoor no maintenance growing and gardening for annuals, perennials, full sun, shade plants, more.

Everyone loves plants, but that doesn’t mean that everyone does a great job at being a plant parent, and that is where low maintenance plants can prove invaluable.

Indoor plants offer a number of health benefits, but if you’ve had a hard time keeping them alive in the past, you might feel destined to destroy them if you keep them.

But, the first thing to understand is that it’s very common to have indoor plants die in your care, especially as a first-timer, but if you know how to carefully pick plants that are hard to kill, you’ll have much better success.

With low maintenance plants, they’ll stay alive and lush every day, even when you forget to care for them, and there are plenty to choose from.

This guide outlines 50 low maintenance plants that are perfect for beginners, along with the best care tips for keeping them healthy.

What Are Low Maintenance Landscaping Plants?

It sounds great to come home to well-manicured gardens, lush hedges, and fragrant flowers until reality hits. Trees cannot take care of themselves and you have to put in the work to make your landscaping neat and healthy every single day.

There is a price to pay for a pretty landscape, but the good news is that you can spare yourself the hassle and pain and go for low maintenance landscaping plants. So what is the difference you ask?

Such trees basically take care of themselves, that’s right, they can survive and thrive with the least bit of care and maintenance from you.

They are genetically able to live through water scarcity and don’t necessarily need regular pruning like other trees that are a pain to look after.7 With only minimal care and maintenance, you can be a proud gardener with only half, or sometimes less the effort other homeowners put in.

Low Maintenance Indoor Plants: House Plants

How many times have you brought a plant home and sometime later checked in to find it dead, even after watering and giving it all your love? It is time to change that by switching it all up.

Graphics of low maintenance indoor plants showing potted Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, ZZ Plant, Succulents, and Cactus images on house interior as background.

Instead of going for needy and delicate plants, how about you try one of these low maintenance indoor plants?

#1 Aloe Vera

Indestructible is the word to call this iconic tree, one of the most resilient indoor desert plants.

Not even the most neglectful and forgetful plant parent can kill this one because it doesn’t really care about anything.

Closeup of Aloe Vera Plant showing leaves with white marks and sharp teeth-like spikes around the edges.

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So nonchalant is it that it has adapted to the lifestyle, and trying to love it a little bit more can be catastrophic. It will hate daily watering, and it will start to show, but ironically, a little forgetfulness brings it back to life.

Closeup of Snake Plant species showing green leaves with yellow borders.

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#2 Snake Plant

It is humorously called the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,9 a deserving name thanks to the sharp upright leaves. You don’t have to stress watering it daily or finding a sunny spot for it; it doesn’t mind sitting in dark rooms and you can travel for weeks and come back to find it as vibrant as you left it.

#3 ZZ Plant

You have landed the jackpot with this one if you are looking for a tree that needs very little maintenance.

It is one of the plants that don’t need sun, that you can comfortably place on your work desk without worrying about it dying at any time.

Angled-shot of watered ZZ Plant in a pot showing glossy leaves with water droplets.

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It is gorgeous, with tiny dark green leaflets and brings life to any space, whether it is a decor plant for your living room or your desk, it never disappoints.

Two succulent species in small pots atop a concrete surface.

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#4 Succulents

Almost every beginner on the planet flocks to succulent trees, thanks to their reputation for being the hardiest trees ever. With only a little light and monthly watering, your plants will retain their thick, glossy leaves and stay stunning for a very long time.

#5 Cactus

The cactus is probably your last resort after all your plant parenthood has failed. Cacti are the toughest of them all, and it is evident by their living conditions in the wild.

If you cannot do daily watering, you will be ecstatic that the cactus can live on watering only once a month.5

Young Moon Cacti in black plastic pots showing red and black scions on some and orange on others.

Low-Maintenance Outdoor Plant Growing Guide

You may also want to boast of exquisite outdoor plants like your neighbors and the only thing holding you back is the worry that you will not have the time to maintain them. But did you know that growing trees outdoors is not as tasking as it seems?

Graphics of low maintenance outdoor plants showing Caladium, Agave, Armeria, Ajuga, and Oakleaf Hydrangea images in a garden with a fence.

The following low maintenance outdoor trees are just what you need.

Caladium Plant in a small white pot atop a small stool showing variegated leaves.

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#6 Caladium

This is an excellent chance to bring the tropics right to your home with eye-catching red, white and pink leaf shades. The white shades are the most popular because of how they seem to glow up in the dark at night and who wouldn’t want that on their property?

#7 Agave

Back to the discussion about how convenient desert plants are, the Agave is the perfect low maintenance choice if you have trouble with daily watering. It is already used to the drought conditions in the wild and will likely be content with being watered once a month.

Mature and young Agave Plants situated on sandy soil showing serrated leaves with black pointy end.

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Closeup of Armeria Plant showing dark green leaves and pink flowers at the end of flower stems.

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#8 Armeria

You can make your outdoors beautiful with this stunning flowering tree that needs very little care to survive. It will not mind that your soil is sandy, or that the winds are too strong, this means that you can plant it at the seaside, which is usually not a perfect spot for planting but somehow works for the Armeria.

#9 Ajuga

You are in luck if you want an easy maintenance tree that can also comfortably grow in the shade. If your garden is shaded and you have failed with planting other trees, the Ajuga is here to save you.10

A bonus is that this cover tree is also a weed killer, so good riddance to the pesky weeds in your garden.

Closeup of Ajuga plant showing blue flowers and green and purple leaves.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea situated in a park showing green leaves, flower buds, and white flowers.

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#10 Oakleaf Hydrangea

If you have shied away from planting trees in the outdoors because there is heavy shade everywhere, the Oakleaf Hydrangea may change your mind. The first thing you notice about this tree is the bright white flowers and it is great that they stay the same the entire time, even with little care and maintenance.

Low Maintenance Landscaping Shrubs

Seasoned gardeners will tell you that the shrubs are the backbone of any garden, constantly working to create a structure and adding color to otherwise plain landscapes. The only thing that may hold you back is wanting to avoid the extra care and maintenance, from the pruning to the watering.

Graphics of low maintenance landscaping shrubs showing Viburnum, Holly, Virginia Sweetspire, Winter Daphne, and Blue Star Juniper images in a garden with a fence.

This is why you seriously need a compilation of shrubs that are easy to care for.

#11 Viburnum

You chose right if you are going for a giant, head-turning shrub that reaches an impressive 8 feet in height. It prides itself as an almost zero maintenance plant, and if the size seems too much for you, you can go small with the ‘Spice Baby’ variety that stops growing at around 5 feet.

Closeup of Virburnum showing green leaves and clusters of white flowers.

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Closeup of Holly showing glossy dark green leaves and berry-like red fruits.

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#12 Holly

The Holly will show up several times when you are making a fervent search on the internet. It is one of the most famous low maintenance evergreen shrubs famed for their beauty, and the best part is that it grows red berries that only add to its breathtaking look.

#13 Virginia Sweetspire

The Virginia Sweetspire is definitely hard to miss, with its long white flowers and beautiful dark green leaves.

Apart from how incredible it looks, you will also find it exciting that it is deer resistant.

Closeup of Virginia Sweetspire showing small star-shaped white flowers and green leaves.

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If the 6-8 feet height scares you off, how about you go for the 3 feet tall specialities like the Little Henry and Scentlandia?6

Closeup of Winter Daphne showing dark green glossy leaves thin white lining.

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#14 Winter Daphne

Imagine a tree whose special feature is that it blooms in winter, in a scent so strong that a cluster can easily fill up a room. The Winter Daphne is the tree in question with ornamental properties to match.

The white flowers will stand out in any garden and being an evergreen tree, winters will no longer be the same in your home.

#15 Blue Star Juniper

Junipers are known far and wide for their ability to revitalize any landscape. These evergreen trees come in various shapes and sizes and the Blue Star doesn’t fail its cousins.

Its blue needles are a must-have to make a lasting statement against other green trees in the backdrop.

Wide shot of Blue Star Junipers situated on a plain showing dense foliage.

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Low Maintenance Flower Bushes

Garden flowers bring nothing but joy. Walking down enchanting and fragrant flowers can be very calming, and can also brighten your day.

Graphics of low maintenance flower bushes showing Azalea, Black-Eyed Susan, Bearded Iris, Coreopsis, and Flowering Quince images with a fenced garden in the background.

There are no limits to what you can go for when it comes to flowers, whether you want the small flowering plants or the massive ones measuring inches wide.

Closeup of Azalea plants showing yellowish-green leaves and pink flowers with red freckles in the center.

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#16 Azalea

Starting off the list is this jaw-dropping flowering tree with blinding pink or white flowers.11 If you have seen it before you know that it is unmistakably one of the most colorful flowering trees in the world, that heavily attracts pollinators and shows all year long.

#17 Black-Eyed Susan

Do you love Sunflowers and how the yellow petals contrast nicely with the dark centers? What a coincidence because the Black-Eyed Susan looks exactly like that.

As long as you give it full sun, it can thrive under little care and showcase its beautiful yellow and black self.

Closeup of Black-Eyed Susan showing yellow petals and dark brown center.

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Closeup of Bearded Iris showing flower stems with white and purple flowers at the end.

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#18 Bearded Iris

The Bearded Iris is quite a show-stopper, with its dusty blue flowers that look like nothing you have seen before. The flowers can also come in white, pink, purple and yellow shades, meaning that you have any color brightening up your home.

#19 Coreopsis

Look no further if you want purely yellow clean-cut flowers that immediately capture the attention of passers-by. This wildflower is loved by pollinators but interestingly, hated by rabbits and deer, and the best is that if you want more flowers.

The tree readily self-seeds and you can have more seedlings in no time.1

Closeup of Coreopsis showing yellow flowers with dark yellow center and small serrated leaves.

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Closeup of Flowering Quince showing reddish-orange flowers with yellow center and leaves on branches.

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#20 Flowering Quince

Let’s explore another low maintenance tree that looks a bit different from the others above, the pink and red Flowering Quince. It fits the description because not only is it a jaw-dropping landscaping tree, but it is also very independent.

You don’t have to worry about your soil type or how many times you water it, and it will still be the bright showy tree you know and love.

Low Maintenance Outdoor Potted Plants

Sitting on your deck or patio, outdoor potted plants make any space more natural and cozy.

Graphics of low maintenance outdoor potted plants showing Rose, String of Pearls, Rosemary, Hostas, and Japanese Maple in pots images with a fenced outdoor garden in the background.


These low maintenance options are worth a second look.

#21 Rose

The classic Rose is a must-have for any home and you have to appreciate that it comes in several different colors for you to choose.

They are world-renowned for their beauty and fragrance and what better way to enjoy them than by planting them right in front of your house?

Top shot of Rose Plant showing serrated grayish-green leaves and red flowers.

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The trick is to buy those with the ‘easy care’ tags which give you an easier time to maintain.

Closeup of String of Pearls showing vines with small pea-shaped leaves.

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#22 String of Pearls

If you want character and a little bit of drama in a tree, why don’t you go for a potted String of Pearls? It also works if you are a lover of hanging trees because the leaves look exactly like a string of pearls hanging down, giving it an unusual but stunning look.

#23 Rosemary

Rosemary is famous in many households around the country and you probably know it as a special ingredient in recipes thanks to its unique taste and aroma. You can plant one in a pot in your home and have a ready supply of fresh leaves when you need them even without necessarily tending daily to the tree.

Closeup of Rosemary showing needle-like leaves and small blue flowers.

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Top shot of Hostas showing purple flower buds and yellowish-green leaves with dark green lining on the edge.

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#24 Hostas

Everyone knows that the Hosta makes a beautiful potted plant but not many know how easy maintenance it really is.12 If you are worried about planters on your patio because you fear that the spot is too shaded, the Hosta doesn’t mind not soaking in the sun.8

#25 Japanese Maple

It may seem weird to see a Maple on this list. It is not a mistake, the Japanese Maple Tree can be a gigantic one and can also grow in a pot as long as it is wide to leave room for the roots to thrive.

It transforms into beautiful bonsai but watch out for the changes in leaf color and the falling of leaves in the winter.

Bonsai Maple Tree situated on small dish-like pot atop white surface showing hedged foliage.

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Low Maintenance Plants for Front Yard

Basically, everyone wants to walk into their house and see eye-catching shrubs and flowers, that is why landscaping ideas for front of house are a top internet search. You would want that, but what about all the work you have to put in to maintain the impeccable look?

Graphics of low maintenance plants for front yard showing Daylilies, Spirea, Texas Ranger, Barberry, and Dianthus images with houses in the background.

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Before you argue that it may not be worth it, you should know that there are various options that will improve your curb appeal without tiring you out in the process.

Closeup of Daylilies showing dark red flowers with yellow center and green pinnate leaves.

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#26 Daylilies

Have you been scrolling mindlessly on the web for low-maintenance flower bed ideas front of house without success? The Daylilies are here to the rescue, giving you a win-win in terms of sprucing up your curb while not giving you a hard time by requiring endless care and maintenance.

#27 Spirea

Looking for an easy care shrub, try the drought-resistant Spirea. Its impressive features include astonishingly fast growth rates and overall low maintenance.

As soon as the tree can take care of itself and is way past the sapling stage, all it will care for is yearly maintenance.

Closeup of Spirea showing small dark green leaves and small clusters of white flowers growing on thin branches.

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Closeup of Texas Ranger showing grayish-green leaves and pink flowers.

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#28 Texas Ranger

If you can’t get enough of purple blooms, you will completely adore the Texas Ranger. This gorgeous tree is one of a kind; it looks delicate at a glance but is one of the most formidable from the plant kingdom.

All you need to keep it bright and lively, only a little water and sun, nothing more.

#29 Barberry

You must have seen this beauty growing in high-end establishments like corporate buildings and hotels. But what you don’t know is that it doesn’t need a lot of TLC to maintain its great looks.

In exchange for its seasonal color changes and state-of-the-art landscaping, the only thing the Barberry wants from you is a little water and pruning only once in a while.

Closeup of Barberry showing green leaves with red lining on the edge and tiny ovate red fruits.

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Closeup of Dianthus showing red flowers with white edges and pink center.

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#30 Dianthus

Not afraid to put up a show for your neighbors? You can plant the Dianthus and let it do the rest.

Its blinding dark pink flowers can be seen from a mile away and you want it to capture the attention of anyone passing by your home. The little secret is that you don’t have to sweat to plant and care for it.

Low-Maintenance Plants for Fence Line: Low Maintenance Hedge Plants

It is understandable to want something different from the traditional fences. There’s nothing as thrilling as having a fence and a group of trees, a living fence that is.

Graphics of low maintenance hedge plants showing Yew, English Holly, Choisya, Gardenia, and Murraya images in a garden with a fence.

When you carefully select the low maintenance hedge plants, all you need to do is love them a little extra in the first months then sit back, relax and enjoy your natural fence.

#31 Yew

Your prayers are answered if you have always wanted to grow low maintenance evergreen shrubs with glossy green leaves surrounding your house. The Yew is the right choice and its bright red berries only make it more fascinating.13

You will have an evergreen tree as a fence with spiky needle-like leaves all year long.

Closeup of Yew showing needle-like leaves and berry-like reddish-orange berries.

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Closeup of English Holly showing serrated glossy leaves in red and green with rocks in the background.

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#32 English Holly

The Holly always looks like Christmas and imagine looking outside and seeing it every single day. The leaves have a unique shape unlike any other tree you will run into and the best part is that it also grows striking dark red berries, which further makes it a great landscaping tree.4

#33 Choisya

Lovers of fences with white flowers will really appreciate the Choisya, also called the Mexican Orange. Apart from growing closely together to make the perfect fence you need, the tree also earns a spot in the selection of the most fragrant and aromatic flowers, and you don’t have to break your back to look after it.

Closeup of Choisya showing white flowers with yellow center and green ovate leaves.

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Closeup of Gardenia species showing flower buds, dark green leaves, and white flowers with water droplets.

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#34 Gardenia

The Gardenia will likely pop up in your search for Florida landscaping ideas and it is easy to tell why when you look at it. From the pure white fragrant roses to the dense evergreen foliage, the tree is an easy pick for your hedge needs.

All you have to do is the bare minimum, prune it once a year after it flowers, that’s it.

#35 Murraya

Hedges come in all shapes and sizes and the Murraya is a living proof of this. You can go for the 3m types and if that is too high, you can keep it short by selecting the dwarfs that reach only about 1m high.

Even with very little care, you can expect fantastic fragrant flowers when spring comes.

Closeup of Murraya showing white flowers and dark green leaves.

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Low-Maintenance Perennials

The best thing about perennials and probably why you love them is that they come back annually, always presenting you with breathtaking flowers. They understand their job all too well and you need not worry that they will hoard your garden.

Graphics of low-maintenance perennials showing Bluestar, False Indigo, Russian Sage, Rozanne Cranesbill Geranium, and Coral Bells images on a field with trees in the background.

Overwhelmed by the many choices, here are a few low maintenance plants that will blow you away.

Closeup of Bluestar showing a cluster of pastel star-shaped blue flowers.

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#36 Bluestar

If you thought that the flowers are the best part of a plant, the Bluestar will prove you wrong because its most exciting feature is its leaves. Not to say that its flowers are not pretty, but the foliage adds the icing on the cake.

As long as the soil drains well, you don’t have to care about anything else, only the seasonal pruning.

#37 False Indigo

Tough is an understatement when it comes to this plant that likes to grow upright. It doesn’t complain much about other things as long as it gets to bask in the full sun and as a reward, it gives you blue, purple and cream flowers, according to the species or cultivar you chose at the start.

Closeup of False Indigo showing short flower stems with purple flowers.

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Field showing Russian Sage with tiny purplish-blue flowers.

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#38 Russian Sage

Unlike what many people think, the Russian Sage is technically not a sage.14 This perennial loves to grow next to the Black-Eyed Susan and the two blend perfectly regardless of their unique flower colors.

The Russian Sage is easy to spot with its blue flowers that will add the color that your landscaping is missing.

#39 Rozanne Cranesbill Geranium

If you have previously interacted with other Rozannes, you know that they have a terrible reputation for being excessively self-seeding.

However, this particular cultivar changes the narrative because it is sterile.2

Closeup of Rozanne Cranesbill Geranium showing dark blue flower with dark veins and leaves with lobes.

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Not only will you never deal with the problem, but you will also get to enjoy the blue flowers with dark veins.

Closeup of Coral Bells showing purple leaves with water droplets.

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#40 Coral Bells

This perennial is unlike any other on this list and you can see why when you look at its interestingly-shaped leaves. It boasts of several other varieties and it may be overwhelming to pick one because they all have the exact needs and are perfect for landscaping.

Low Maintenance Plants for Full Sun: Best Plants for Full Sun

If you have a sunny spot with absolutely no shading and are thinking that it would be the perfect place to plant landscaping trees, you are right. The only hurdle to cross is finding the trees that are low maintenance, you are in luck because several of them are available.

Graphics of best low maintenance plants for full sun showing Bugleweed, Creeping Phlox, Inkberry, Lantana, and Marigold images with the sun shining brightly on a hilly landscape in the background.

Here are some of low maintenance plants for full sun that you can add in your garden.

#41 Bugleweed

There is so much you can do with the Bugleweed in your home,15 whether you want to plant it as a hedge, at the front of your house, or in walkways. There is no wrong way to plant this low maintenance tree that has fantastic purple-blue flowers.

Closeup of Bugleweed showing small purplish-blue flowers and deep purple leaflets.

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Creeping Phlox showing small ovate leaves with pointed tips and varied hues of purple flowers situated next to a rock.

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#42 Creeping Phlox

As its name suggests, this tree forms a massive mass of pink or purple flowers without you knowing it. They should be a top choice if you are looking for a flowering tree that goes big and looks impeccable under the full sun.

The flowers will look amazing all year long and it helps that they are deer resistant.

#43 Inkberry

The most fascinating thing about the Inkberry is that the Holly is a member of its family, yet they look nothing alike, not even the leaf shape.

The leaves are as glossy as the Holly’s and the Inkberry also produces berries but they are black, not red.

Wide shot of young Inkberries situated in desert showing glossy leaves.

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The Inkberry and Holly are both perfect landscaping trees and you don’t have to labor all the time to keep them looking fantastic.

Closeup of Lantana showing clusters of white flowers with yellow center and pink flower with reddish-orange center.

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#44 Lantana

A beautiful name for a stunning tree. The Lantana is known far and wide for its multicolored flowers, unlike other trees whose flowers take a single shade.

It loves the sun and you can tell by how the tree looks when the light hits it just right. You enjoy how the tree looks even without excessive maintenance.

#45 Marigold

The Marigold has etched its way up the list of favorite garden plants. It is now a household name and it is clear to see that it earns it.

It prefers a sunny spot where it can soak up all the sun and keep looking as gorgeous as ever.

Closeup of Marigold showing flower stems with yellow and orange flowers.

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Low Maintenance Climbing Plants

Planting climbing plants is a dream until you realize what it means.16 Some vine plants can get way out of control, forcing you to work tirelessly to keep them in check.

Graphics of low maintenance climbing plants showing Bougainvillea, Honeysuckle, Star Jasmine, Butterfly Vine, and Climbing Roses images with an open field and blue sky in the background.

Retaining wall plants should not be a pain, that is why the five trees above are your only way out.

Closeup of Bougainvillea showing green leaves and dark bracts with small white flowers.

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#46 Bougainvillea

It goes without saying that the Bougainvillea is a pretty tree, which explains why some people find it the perfect alternative to roses. The two share a lot in common from the thorns to the impressive colors.

Now imagine having such growing up along the walls of your house.

#47 Honeysuckle

The Honeysuckle is among the zone 5 plants that should be among your favorites if you are going for a low maintenance fragrant tree for your house. It doesn’t care whether you have poor soil or not.

Its job is to spruce up your home while adding a little color and fragrance, something that it does so perfectly.

Closeup of Honeysuckle showing pink flowers with yellow stamens.

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Closeup of Star Jasmine showing green leaves, flower buds, and small white flowers.

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#48 Star Jasmine

The Star Jasmine ticks all your boxes, including the ones you didn’t know you had. Why?

It has all the star qualities you need in a climbing tree; it has bright and fragrant white flowers, it works for planters and outdoor settings, it can survive in shaded spots, it can work indoors, and it heavily attracts pollinators. What more could you ask for?

#49 Butterfly Vine

From its name, it immediately clicks that the butterflies are huge fans. Some homeowners grow it not because it is easy to care for, but because wildlife flocks to it.

Imagine spending your days staring at animals coming over to your garden.

Low-angle shot of Butterfly Vine showing yellow and oranges flowers.

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Closeup of Climbing Roses showing small green leaves and red flowers.

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#50 Climbing Roses

The list of climbing plants would not be complete without the Climbing Roses. They are the number one favorites for homeowners who love the rainbow colors and sweet fragrances.

The only hurdle to deal with is that the trees don’t latch onto walls like other vines, and force you to provide climbing structures like trellises and fences.3

What Are the Growing Zones for Low Maintenance Plants? (Where To Grow)

One of the first and perhaps the most important thing to consider before growing plants in your home is the growing zone. Growing zones for low maintenance plants (where to grow landscaping plants) helps you understand whether your choice will be okay with growing in your state.

It is understandable to take the easy way out to avoid making mistakes. All the plants in our list grow within a massive range of USDA zones and it is up to you to find one that will give you an easier time.17

For example, the zone 5 plants and zone 5b plants are Inkberries and Choisyas whereas the zone 6 plants and zone 6a plants are the Azalea and Spirea.

Zone 7 plants, zone 7a plants, and zone 7b plants are the Coral Bells, Rosemary, Roses, Dianthus, and Creeping Phlox. Hostas and Jasmine are zone 8 plants while the Daylilies, Hydrangea, Begonias, Agave, and Lantanas belong to zone 9 plants, and lastly, the Peonies and Iris are zone 10 plants.

How To Grow Low Maintenance Plants

Once you have settled on the perfect tree that checks all your boxes, and most importantly, know that it will be easy to maintain, the next step is to learn the planting tips for low maintenance plants. The tricky part about discussing this is that every tree has specific needs, the only common factor is that they are low maintenance.

Growing low maintenance plants from a cutting and growing low maintenance plants from a seedling will save you a lot of time and effort. Everybody wants to pass on the pain of growing low maintenance plants from a seed and would rather get straight to it, to watch their plant start growing.

To be a step ahead in the game, you should do careful research on your plant, to find out how long it takes to grow low maintenance plants. Another vital piece of information is knowing when to plant low maintenance plants for the best yield.

To be safe, you could aim for planting in spring when it is warm and cozy outside.

Be very careful when planting outdoors because many homeowners complain of overcrowding and unnecessary competition. If you are wondering how far apart to plant low maintenance plants, the rule of thumb is that there should be sufficient space for every tree to thrive, based on its size at maturity.

What Are the Growing Needs of Low Maintenance Plants?

It is clear that you want a tree that is easy to care for. Maybe you are forgetful or often busy and rarely have time, but still, a little care goes a long way to keep your landscaping trees healthy and looking vibrant.

The best growing conditions for low maintenance plants vary based on the individual plant but the common ground is that all trees need a little water and sunlight. The watering needs for low maintenance plants may be a bit relaxed but healthy trees need water at least once a month, especially when the summers become unbearable.

Closeup of Pink Climbing Rose situated next to fences showing white and light pink flowers.

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If you are wondering how much sunlight does low maintenance plants need each day, you will be glad that some need less than four hours of sun daily. This will be a relief for you if you are keeping indoor plants.

What Are the Best Companion Plants for Low Maintenance Plants?

Again, the companion plants for growing low maintenance plants varies according to the particular plant.18 You can do an online search to find out which plants go well with your choice tree and try growing them together.

The only thing to note is that you should be careful to pick other low maintenance options because you want uniformity, not others dying around while others remain standing. The best way to go is to find healthy and supportive companions that will help your low maintenance plants grow, not make it suffer.

What Are the Best Indoor House Plants That Are Low Maintenance Plants?

The list of perfect indoor plants is endless and there is no wrong choice when it comes to choosing one for your home. The good thing is that types like the aloe vera, snake plant, cactus, and succulents are special species that are known worldwide for making the best indoor plants.

The most likely reason is that they are easy to care for, even for the most forgetful or unintentionally neglectful plant parents.

Pests of Low Maintenance Plants

The common pests of the low maintenance plants are the same old aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, and other insects that love sucking the sap from the leaves. They chew into the flesh and leave ugly markings that make the tree hideous, defeating the entire purpose of using the tree for landscaping.

How To Stop Pests of Low Maintenance Plants

Pests can kill your plant, and the only way to stop them is by using insecticides and natural pest control for low maintenance plants. The first solution that comes to your mind is using pesticides, which usually works in some cases.

But still, you can introduce predatory insects to feed on the pests or spray natural homemade dish soap, garlic and water solution to repel the insects.

Common Diseases of Low Maintenance Plants

The diseases to look out for when caring for your landscaping plants include canker, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, and root rot. These are the most frequent ailments that will give you a hard time dealing with because they are fungal and bacterial, meaning that they don’t go away without putting up a spirited fight.

Prevention of Low Maintenance Tree Diseases

Maybe fungicides will help with how to stop low maintenance plants disease but it is not a sure remedy, especially not when the disease has already spread. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, in most cases, a progressed fungal attack means that the entire tree has to go.

Holding on to hope that it will heal only presents problems to the neighboring trees because the diseases spread through air and water and can soon wipe out the entire garden.

Tips for Buying Low Maintenance Plants

Make sure to buy plants from your local grower. The big box stores have plenty of varieties, but these must be trucked in, which increases the carbon footprint of the purchase.

When you buy from a local grower, you not only support your community, but you reduce the carbon emissions created by the sale.

Moreover, local growers typically choose plants that thrive in your area, so they are already acclimated to the region and have a better chance of success.

Plants make our homes and lives better. Nothing gives you as much joy as waking up to plants in your space or compound and you can touch the flowers and waft the sweet smells.

Low maintenance plants bring all the benefits without the time consuming demands.

Frequently Asked Questions About Low Maintenance Plants

Is It Easy To Care for Houseplants?

Indoor plants are genetically modified to be easy-care indoor plants and you will not break a sweat caring for them. Your job is to find hardy houseplants that are resilient to withstand harsh conditions in the wild, that way, even you will not be able to kill them.

What Are the Best Garden Plants for Flowers?

There are uncountable plants in the world that make exceptional indoor and outdoor low maintenance flowers. You can go for climbing species, those that thrive under partial shade, and the ones that cannot get enough of the sun, just to name a few groups.

What Are the Best Plants for Full Sun?

The best plants that you can go for that love to soak in the sun and produce dazzling flowers include the Marigold, Bugleweed, Inkberry, Lantana, and Creeping Phlox. There is a longer list of more stunning trees and you can always find the one that speaks more to you.

What Are the Best Low Maintenance Flowers for Raised Beds?

You are also free to try your luck with flowers growing on raised beds and the best to start with include the Hostas, Daylilies, Lavenders, Peonies, Coral Bells, Dianthus, Marigolds, Geraniums and the list goes on and on.


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20Photos of Rose by Irina Iriser, Holly plant by Lum3n, Caladium Plant by Lesli Whitecotton, ZZ Plant by Lokesh Tiwari. Pexels. Retrieved from <https://www.pexels.com/>

21Photos of Ajuga by Hans, Flowering Quince by Nowaja, False Indigo by Kirsten Hughes, Russian Sage by Melanie Sisley, Rozanne Cranesbill Geranium by angelstar, Coral Bells by Claus Hilger, andBugleweed by Walter Bieck, Creeping Phlox by LaLaJaye, Lantana by JamesDeMers, and Marigold by Jan Mallander. Pixabay. Retrieved from <https://pixabay.com/>

22Gardenia Photo by ACES | Janet Guynn / CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication . Resized and Changed Format. From Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/2jj8LHK>

23Photos of Rosemary by Hans, Hostas by Davie Bicker, Japanese Maple by Ilona Ilyés, Daylilies by Jacques GAIMARD, Spirea by Frauke Riether, Barberry by Alicja, andDianthus by Matthias Böckel, Yew by Annette Meyer, English Holly by Brigitte Werner, and Murraya by hartono subagio. Pixabay. Retrieved from <https://pixabay.com/>

24Itea virginica B Photo by Wouter Hagens / Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). Resized. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Itea_virginica_B.jpg>

25Daphne odora Aureomarginata 1zz Photo by David J. Stang / Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Resized. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daphne_odora_Aureomarginata_1zz.jpg>

26Photos of Honeysuckle by Wälz, Star Jasmine by Chinmay Sethi, Climbing Roses by Dorothe, and Pink Climbing Rose by Светлана. Pixabay. Retrieved from <https://pixabay.com/>

27SENECİO Rowleyanus variegata Photo by succulentlover77 / Public Domain Mark 1.0. Resized and Changed Format. From Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/m5jMGW>

28Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Blue Ice’ Photo by Willcook / Public Domain. Resized and Changed Format. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amsonia_tabernaemontana_%27Blue_Ice%27.JPG>

29North Star Mesa Photo by Patrick Alexander / CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication . Resized and Changed Format. From Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/QgXT3u>

30Oakleaf Hydrangea Photo by Dan Keck / CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication . Resized and Changed Format. From Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/VcRtBA>

31Choisya ternata Photo by Daderot / Public Domain. Resized and Changed Format. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Choisya_ternata_-_Villa_Taranto_(Verbania)_-_DSC03868.JPG>

32Bougainvillea spectabilis Flowers Photo by Javier martin / Public Domain. Resized and Changed Format. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bougainvillea_spectabilis_Flowers_Closeup2_TorreLaMata.jpg>

33Texas Sage Photo by Almapayokels / CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication . Resized and Changed Format. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Texas_Sage_-_Leucophyllum_frutescens.jpg>

34201009 028 San Diego Botanic Garden – Hamilton Children’s Garden, Mascagnia macroptera Yellow Butterfly Vine, the winged seed pods give the plant its common name Photo by cultivar413 / Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Resized and Changed Format. From Flickr <https://flickr.com/photos/131880272@N06/50514363271>

35Scaevola plumieri (Inkberry) Photo by Amada44 / Public Domain. Resized and Changed Format. From Wikimedia Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scaevola_plumieri_(Inkberry).jpg>

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