Sometimes it’s nice to have a garden that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the back. After all, there’s nothing wrong with creating a low-maintenance garden bed that won’t demand a lot of your time or effort. That doesn’t make you a lazy gardener — just a smart one.
Add extra color with annuals and bulbs
There are just five hard-working, easy-care perennials in this full-sun island garden bed. To start the flowering even earlier, plant some spring-blooming bulbs. Bulbs thrive in a low-water bed like this because they hate being overwatered while they’re dormant in summer. You can also tuck a few annuals, such as these ‘Magellan Orange’ zinnias, into any open spaces between the other plants. You’ll be assured of constant color all summer long.
Quick guide to maintenance
Here are a few tips for keeping this colorful low-maintenance garden bed planting looking good.
- Cut maiden grass and tall sedum back in late winter or early spring to make way for new growth and clean up any other garden debris.
- Sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer or some compost in early spring to keep plants growing strong.
- Fill in gaps between perennials with long blooming annual zinnias
- Remove spent salvia and zinnia flowers in midsummer if needed.
- Shear bloody cranesbill foliage back to within a few inches of the ground if you want to freshen its look. New growth will take off quickly.
- Plant bulbs such as tulips or daffodils in fall for spring bloom. Place them near the center of the bed so later emerging perennials hide the fading foliage.