5 Low Maintenance Perennials

For no-hassle Spring gardening



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After the rough winter we have had, the idea of flowers and life in the garden is sure to give you a shot of much needed endorphins. Of course, the excitement for flowers and plants may turn to frustration in the middle of the summer when you feel overwhelmed by the maintenance that your garden requires.

It turns out that you can have a gorgeous garden and a life this summer. The experts at Sam Bridges Nursery in Greenwich recommend that you plant these five perennials if you are looking for a beautiful, yet low maintenance garden. The best time to plant perennials is in the fall or spring. So take note and get ready to plant!

Hosta

Hosta come up very early each year, which is always a good thing when you are in need of seeing growth and greenery after a long winter. It is a super low maintenance plant and you don’t need to do anything besides finding a nice, shady spot for it in your lawn. Deer like to nibble on it so you may want to spray a deer repellent, but other than that you’re all set. You can expect for your hosta to reach maturity in a couple years. Hosta work best as a ground cover — it’s not a showy plant, but it does blossom in late August with some delicate long stems.

Peony

This gorgeous flower is a favorite of brides for good reason. The large, densely packed petals give off a heady scent and are perfect for cutting and bringing into the home (or the bridal bouquet)! This is a low maintenance flower, but because the petals are so heavy, it’s a good idea to use peony rings to keep these flowers upright when they bloom. Don’t worry if your peonies don’t flower the first year, that is common, and you can bet that they will bloom in the early summer (late June/early July) by the second year. Peonies do their best in sunny spots. Everyone loves a peony best when they are in bloom, but they also add some nice greenery to the garden for the rest of the season.

Sedum

Sedum is a great perennial to plant if you want your garden to look vibrant well into the last weeks of summer. This plant is more of a succulent and does alright in the sun but will also be happy in the shade. It’s super low maintenance but as with hosta, be sure to allow some room with planting, as sedum does tend to get bigger each year. Your sedum will look nice all season but it really peaks in late August/early September.

Astilbe

This handsome plant blooms in the early summer (late June/early July) with blossoms in shades of white, pink or purple. When not in bloom it adds some attractive greenery to the garden. Astible is hard to mess up and it will thrive in both the sun and shade. It won’t spread in size over the years so you can easily decide how much you need to plant.

Iris

This rooty plant will spread and grow over time so keep that in mind when planting. The iris is available in many different colors — from orange and yellow, to purple and white. It’s a tall plant and can add great dimension to your garden with its flowers growing as high as two feet. Irises like sun and will bloom in the middle of the summer (July/August).

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