Low Maintenance Patio Plants: Grow An Easy To Care For Patio Garden

Low Maintenance Patio Plants: Grow An Easy To Care For Patio Garden

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

If you don’t have a big garden or any yard at all and wouldlike some lowmaintenance gardening, container plantings are for you. Plants that growwell on decks and patios can help you build a green outdoor environment thatdoesn’t take a lot of work to keep up and maintain. Read on for more on easy togrow container plants.

Easy Care Patio Plants

Whether you have a yard or garden at all doesn’t matter. Aslong as you have a balcony, patio, or deck, you can fill it with plants andflowers. An easy to care for patiogarden can be simple if you choose the right plants, those that do well inpots and require little maintenance to thrive. Some easy to grow containerplants include:

  • Herbs: If you have a sunny patio, herbs will thrive. You’ll also get to enjoy the smell and use them in the kitchen. Try basil, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, mint, and oregano. All they really need to grow well is sun and regular water.
  • Ferns: Shady patios are great for ferns. Choose different varieties in a range of textures and sizes for visual interest.
  • Succulents: For hot, dry climates, choose several succulents to combine in one large container for a striking look. Some examples include echeveria, saxifraga, and sedum. You don’t even have to water these often.
  • Geraniums: For color, try geraniums. These cheerful annuals will survive a few missed waterings and will last all summer.
  • Potato vine: Potato vine, aka jasmine nightshade, is an easy vine to grow and doesn’t need much maintenance. It is often marketed as a patio plant and produces pretty little white or purple flowers.
  • Lantana: This flower is considered invasive in many areas, but if you keep it contained to a pot on your patio, it makes for a colorful, easy-to-grow plant. You’ll have to work hard to kill lantana. The flowers are pretty and multicolored.

Growing Low Maintenance Patio Plants

For easy care patio plants, don’t choose those that requireregular upkeep or maintenance. For instance, a climbing vine can be a beautifulpatio element, but you’ll also have to train it to a fence or railing. Someannuals, like petunias,require regular deadheading.

Also keep in mind your conditions. If you choose a plantthat needs a lot of water but don’t get much rainfall, you’ll be watering everyday. Use plants that don’t generally require much work and that are suited foryour environment for the easiest patio garden.

For the healthiest plants, choosecontainers that are an appropriate size. Make sure they drain well and adda high-quality potting soil. Water your plants as much as needed and only trimback when necessary to maintain a good appearance or shape.

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I know it might sound weird because typical gardens are decorated with plants. What is a garden without a plant?

Well, one thing from a garden that makes you slog away at perpetual chores is the plants. So why don’t you just ditch them so that you will not have to take care of them religiously? It makes sense, doesn’t it?

In place of those exquisite and colorful flowers, you can place sculpture, bench, or any other things that have an artistic look – even rusty look is what many homeowners are crazy about today.

Pro : You will not exert yourself and spend much time on taking care of the plants.

Con : The garden might look dull due to lacking colors.

Petunias (Petunia × atkinsiana)

Petunias are won’t-let-you-down plants — they provide vibrance all season, come in a variety of colors, and are relatively low-maintenance options. Plant them in your favorite container and water regularly. Petunias are annuals, so you’ll replace them every year. But for a good challenge, try overwintering them.  

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Zones: Annual or 10-11


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Lantana plants (Lantana camara) have suffered a bad rap as being invasive in warm areas, but improved cultivars like 'New Gold' that are fruitless reduce the plant's ability to spread. Plants bloom continuously in warm, sunny weather, and exhibit drought resistance, especially in larger patio containers.

Well, there you have it. You can add plenty of beautiful landscape plants to your yard without a lot of work. These five low-maintenance plants will beautify your yard without turning you into a full-time gardener.

Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016:

What a great list, thanks for the tips.

Dennis Hoyman from Southwestern, Pennsylvania on April 10, 2014:

Great Hub It is very helpful full of lots of information Which is great keep up the good work! Gardener Den

Allyson Cardis from Gloucestershire, England on October 29, 2013:

Just catching up with your useful article. I think ornamental grasses and lilies look particularly good with a garden pond. I don't have hostas but think I will give them a try.

ignugent17 on May 01, 2013:

Great idea. I will look for those plants. I think I like Hosta and ornamental grass.

vibesites from United States on April 02, 2013:

I never thought those grass (which I see them growing wild) would also be used for landscape gardening. I think it's especially good for rock gardens.

Thanks for sharing your great hub. Voted up and useful, awesome.

landocheese (author) on March 04, 2013:

Thanks for the comments. I love my black-eyed Susans as they keep filling the space year after year and provide awesome bright color. I would also concur with Coreopsis Moonbeam as a low maintenance plant. I have plenty and really love it. Zagreb is another variety that is brighter with carnation-type flowers but it is pickier than Moonbeam.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 04, 2013:

These are some great choices for low maintenance plants. My Grandmother had hostas for years. They would get so big I would have to divide them. I do not think we ever did much of anything for them. Hostas are really low maintenance. Coreopsis moonbeam is another I would consider low maintenance that is one of my favorites. Voted up, useful and shared.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on March 04, 2013:

I have day lilies on the sides of my house and would highly recommend those too. They are a splash of color, handle full sun and even dry ground. I am very happy with them. I also have brown eyed Susans and I do share those plants with other people each year. They love to reproduce like mad. Thank you for sharing. (zone5)

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on June 23, 2012:

You are right that these are low maintenance plants. I am most familiar with all of them except spirea: that is the only one I have not had in my garden at one point. The only thing I don't like about hostas and ornamental grasses is they spread like crazy and are hard to get rid of it you no longer want them in a particular place.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 23, 2012:

This is just what I need. Low maintenance! I love the ornamental grass. Going to have to keep these in mind. Thanks. Voted up and others!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 23, 2012:

Really great information. I wll share this!