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Published November 5th 2017
Pick any of these Plants Requiring Little Maintenance
You either love them or hate them! Some people love gardening, as I do, and some just do not - there doesn't seem to be many "in betweeners" in this. But gardening can bring such delightful results with very little effort.
I have a small garden and have very little maintenance.
This is a list for those of you who like to have an EASY garden with little maintenance. I have used the term "PFF" (pick from friend) throughout this list and this means that you do not need to buy the plant as you can take a piece from a friend!
Of course if you are really keen, you can join a garden club such as this one at Bunnings, and meet like minded people and get tips on gardens.
1. IRIS The iris comes up once a year, and although the flower only lasts about a week, they are stunning and if you have a group of them, are well worth having.
Stunning flowers from Iris
I leave the bulbs in the ground and they just "pop up" every year and in fact the ones I have now, I brought with me from my last property.
I also have them in a pond (or you could put them in a pot with water) and these also give a stunning display. I do nothing to them apart from cutting them back when they die off.
2. ALOE VERA - PFF Aloe Vera is incredibly easy to grow, and requires virtually no looking after apart from watering once a week when it is a young plant.
It is a great plant as it is useful for putting on wounds, and it also just keeps on multiplying.
Snails also like this plant!
It also has a stem with small flowers on it and these seem to appear almost all year round.
3. YUKKA - PFF This plant can grow quite tall and is not good if you have young children as it has very sharp leaves. However, it is so easy to grow once it is established, and I rarely even water mine now.
These Yucca's look after themselves!
It is fast growing and if you cut the top off, it will shoot out more plants on the side, all of which you can cut and just replant.
Roses - the age old plant that is always popular.
Roses require "dead heading" and pruning once a year in June or thereabouts. Simple to prune, they are prone to a few diseases, however, you can buy sprays for this.
Roses from my neighbour's garden
5. POPPIES -PFF
I was given some poppy seeds about this time last year and in mass they are so pretty and bright.
I scattered them in garden beds and suddenly in October, they started shooting up even in very strange places - between the paving!
The seeds are very small and the wind obviously blows them around and poppies need no looking after apart from a bit of water sometimes.
They also multiply and next year I will have at least double the amount - the bright red is delightful to see from my kitchen window!
6. MOTHER IN LAW TONGUES - PFF
Also known as a "snake plant'. This was the first plant I was able to grow when I got married! It has never failed to amaze me that this plant will grow inside in a dark spot, or outside in full sun.
Highly adaptable to all conditions, this is one plant you cannot kill! It multiplies and you can pull them up with a root and re plant.
One area of my Mother-in-law tongues
Needing absolutely no care, I do not even water mine and they remain green all year round, though I do pick snails off them as they cause the leaves to go brown. They will yellow slightly if in full sun with no water.
7. LILLY PILLY
Lilly Pilly, otherwise known as Syzygium smithii, is a fast growing plant that has edible berries in winter and is an evergreen tree that is great for hedges and topiary.
Very easy to grow and the only maintenance it requires is cutting back, as it grows profusely in summer even though it needs little water.
8. CLIVIA - PFF
Clivia's regularly have a bunch of small, pretty flowers and although they require watering regularly, and do not like full sun, they are a hardy plant that will stay green all year long.
Mine seem to flower every few months and they grow well both in pots and in the ground. If you put them in the ground, they tend to spread easier, and you can replant them as long as the piece you take has roots.
Delightful orange Clivia
Spinach, silverbeet or chard are all extremely easy to grow and require regular watering.
There are several types and I currently have a climbing version plus ordinary spinach. I pick this regularly and currently have none ready to eat as I ate it all a few nights ago!
Silverbeet - Image: Pixabay
10. SPRING ONIONS - PFF
Spring onions are so handy to have in your garden as I always hated buying a whole bunch when I only needed a few!
I grew all mine from a bunch I once bought, but make sure they have roots on them, as some stores cut these off.
All you do is cut off the top and use it, and then plant about 6 cm of the plant including the roots - you will effectively be planting the white part of the spring onion.
Mine have gone to seed at the moment
They will then continue to grow, go to seed, and then self seed, and grow, time after time and you will have an endless supply of this onion.
11. PARSLEY - PFF
Parsley is another herb that is very easy to grow and it also self seeds and keeps giving you an ample crop plus it multiplies.
There are two varieties - the Italian and the ordinary curly parsley and both are hardy, though they do need watering regularly.
Curly leaf parsley grown in a bag
Orchids are sometimes "trickey" however they do stay green all year long!
A small flowering orchid
They do not always flower as they need the right conditions, however they are a nice looking plant and do need watering regularly.
This year, I was so excited that I actually had a few of the smaller orchids flower!
13. AGAPANTHUS - PFF
Agapanthus is an evergreen low plant that has beautiful blue flowers and is also known as Lily of the Nile.
It flourishes anywhere, and is extremely hardy, requiring some watering but little else.
14. WEEDS - PFF!
Weeds do play a part in the ecology, though I have no idea what it is! To me they are often a nuisance which need work in getting rid of them, but sometimes there are weeds that are quite nice.
A lovely weed!
This is one such, and it has a small purple flower and grows profusely in garden beds, in between paving but I leave it there as it is so pretty!