Nix the delicates
Fragile plants like garden phlox, hollyhocks, and delphiniums, though beautiful when blooming, need extra care and protection from diseases as well as special soil. In other words, a no-go if you’re looking for low-maintenance.
Skip the aggressive perennials
While plants like bee balm, yarrow, and plum poppy are beautiful, their creeping stems tend to take over gardens and require constant pruning and dividing to keep them contained. No, thank you.
Choose small plants
Dwarf and slow-growing plants like roses, heather, dwarf spruce, and compact boxwood are great options. You won’t have to trim them as often (if at all) to keep them from overgrowing and ruining your view.
Know your zone
Make sure you pick plants that are suited to your climate zone. Not certain exactly which zone you’re located in? No problem. Check out our guide to help you figure it out.
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