Category: Landscaping

Ideas and Best Plants for Low Maintenance Landscaping

So you want a beautiful landscape, but you don’t have the time or the green thumb to perform maintenance on finicky plants. Many homeowners will skip landscaping because of this worry. It is understandable that you don’t want to spend money on landscaping that will end up dying because you don’t have the time to care for it properly. Plus, dead plants in a home’s landscape are never appealing! To give you that beautiful landscape without the time commitment to keep it up, here are some of our ideas and the best plants for low maintenance landscaping.

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Best Plants for Low Maintenance Landscaping

To get some floral and plant definition in your landscaping without fear of the arrangement dying, check out some of these great, low maintenance plant types.

  • Lavender. Lavender plants will come back every year and only need to be watered once a week (twice if we are in the middle of a heat wave!) to stay alive. Plus lavender also wards off bugs, making it perfect for your patio landscaping!
  • Firewitch Dianthus. Firewitch dianthus is an evergreen perennial that has silver foliage and pink flowers that look like carnations. As an evergreen, you don’t need to water it and only need to shear the plant back after it flowers to help it re-bloom the next season.
  • Perennials. Perennials will come back every year with little to no maintenance. Opt for yuccas, hens-and-chicks, Bowles golden sedge, and bloody cranesbill.
  • Elijah Blue Fescue. This ornamental grass should be planted in the spring in full sun and then needs no maintenance after that!
  • Black-Eyed Susans. Black-eyed Susans are a great flower to add to your landscaping. They bloom all season long and add some vibrancy to your landscaping with no maintenance required.
  • Montauk Daisies. Montauk daises are a great flower that will bloom in the fall with no maintenance.
  • Grey Owl Juniper. The juniper bush is an evergreen which makes it very easy to care for. While it is gray-green throughout the season, it turns purple in the winter! Plant in the spring or early fall in full sun to light shade.

For all of these plants, the main maintenance all of them need is mulching in the fall. Be sure to research when to plant each of them and what type of soil they prefer to see if your yard matches it.

Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

If you are tired of your barren yard but are still worried about performing maintenance on plants, there are other things you can do to eliminate the need for landscaping while adding some variety to your yard.

The first thing you can do is create an outdoor living space that takes up more room in your backyard. You will love relaxing outside during nice weather and can host family and friend get-togethers in your outdoor living space. Adding an outdoor kitchen is a great way to extend the size of your outdoor living space. You can keep it simple by purchasing a grill and building a stone cabinet and counter around the grill for aesthetic and convenience.

If you have spaces around your house that are dirt plots, like around the sides of your house and next to your porch, you don’t have to plant flowers and bushes to fill those spaces. Try adding a mulch bed surrounded by large, eye-catching stones. You can buy landscaping statues (like traditional gnomes) or solar lights to add to the mulch beds. Another option besides mulch is to purchase crushed stone to add to these areas. Crushed stone is a great option because you won’t have to refresh it every year.

Get Inspired for Floral Design Day with Second Nature’s Landscape Contractor Flowering Tips

On Monday, February 28, Second Nature is celebrating Floral Design Day to highlight some of the beautiful floral designs you can incorporate into your landscaping design. Floral Design Day started in 1995 to honor the birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston. Today Floral Design Day has become popular on the internet as a way of sharing floral design and inspiration to others.

Landscaping can be very simple and beautiful with strategic greenery placement and hardscape construction, but adding floral features throughout your landscape softens your overall aesthetic. Depending on your lawn, whether you have residential landscape or commercial landscape, certain floral designs will look better than others. Here are some tips from our landscape contractor using examples of Second Nature’s designs to accomplish a flowering landscape in your yard.

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While this flower landscape was completed for a commercial landscaping project with Children’s Mercy South in the Kansas City metro, the same effect can be achieved in a residential landscape as well. The bright florals grab attention amongst their greenery landscaping and go with the colors of the signage. The placement of the flowers adds a small pop of color to the landscape that is very pleasing to the eye.

The below photos are a good example of everything you can do with a landscape design. In the photo on the left, our landscape contractor intertwined the hardscaping of the retaining wall with the bushes, mulching, and flower selection. The florals give the stark landscape feature contrast and a bit of richness. The photo on the right shows how you can maximize your floral landscape without having to plant into the ground. The pottery and floral combination is very homey and beautiful for this type of landscape and home design.

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While you cannot see the bloom of the florals yet in this picture (since we had just planted them!), this is another great example of incorporating flowers into your landscape. For this client, we used a corner of their patio build to highlight a mini-garden of flora and fauna.

Celebrate Floral Design Day with us! Post your favorite floral photos and tag @secondnatureoutdoor. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FloralDesignDay! We will regram some of our favorite designs we see on Monday, February 28!