How to Create a Low-Maintenance Yard as an Amateur Gardener
You want your yard to look beautiful when you look out your windows or host barbecues. However, you don’t have as much of a green thumb as you’d like, or you don’t have the time or patience to maintain a lush garden.
Don’t worry. Florida’s mild climate allows you to grow many beautiful plants without giving them much attention. We’ll tell you which plants work best with your climate, and then we’ll give you tips on making your yard even more low-maintenance.
Which Plants Grow Best in Central Florida
To create the gorgeous, vibrant yard you desire, plant these hardy, drought- and pest-resistant flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. They require little maintenance to flourish.
Ideal trees include:
Sweet Acacia: This tree enjoys full sun and has a high drought tolerance. It has bright green foliage and often features sunny yellow blooms. It doesn’t grow that tall either, so you won’t have to worry about trimming this tree often.
Red Maple: Maple trees have a lower drought tolerance than acacias, but they’ll still weather infrequent watering well. They grow quickly and up to 80 ft. They also boast red flowers in winter and spring months.
Gumbo Limbo: A Florida native, this tree likes full to partial sun, and it has a high drought tolerance. It also attracts butterflies to your yard.
Groundcovers, Grasses, and Ferns
Give your flowerbeds some color with these groundcovers:
Tampa Vervain: Bring butterflies and other helpful pollinating insects to your yard with vervain. This flowering groundcover has pink or purple blooms, and it beautifies your yard without requiring much water. It likes sandy soil, so you won’t have to worry about mulching either.
Bluestem Grass: Like other plants on this list, bluestem grass has a high water-deprivation tolerance. It grows in fluffy tufts, and it features white or pink flowers in the fall.
Autumn Fern: Ferns love the shade, so if you have shaded areas that need color, plant ferns. This fern has a medium drought tolerance, so it requires more water than other plants on this list, but it still requires little maintenance.
Give yourself something to look forward to next spring by planting the following Florida-friendly bulbs:
African Lily: Blue and white flowers cluster atop stately stalks after this bulb grows. It likes full or partial sun, and it does require moist soil to grow. However, because Florida experiences frequent rain in the spring, you shouldn’t have to water it often.
Caladium: Add visual contrast to your yard with this bulb’s heart-shaped leaves. Caladiums also come in several colors. Plant and care for them the same way you would African lilies.
Cannas: These bulbs also feature clusters of vibrant blooms atop stalks. They grow up to eight feet tall. Plant them in full sun or shade, and remember to water them with the rest of your bulbs.
Flowers (Annuals and Perennials)
Give your eyes a break from all the green by planting these flowers:
Amaranth: This flower sends out attractive red feelers, which spill over the foliage like a waterfall. They grow quickly, and they have a medium drought tolerance. Water them as often as you water your ferns.
Tickseed: Your yard wouldn’t look complete without Florida’s state wildflower. This flower also has a high drought tolerance, and it enjoys full to medium sunlight. Its orange and yellow flowers attract butterflies as well.
Wild Sage: This plant blooms all year long, and it gives your yard an earthy, calming smell. They like pretty much any soil, and they grow quickly. Water them along with your amaranths and ferns.
Do you want plants that climb your walls, fences, or trellises? Try any of the following:
Cross Vine: If your yard could use some bright orange and red blooms, plant this vine. It prefers partial sun, but it also tolerates full sun and shade. Its high drought tolerance makes it the perfect solution for the amateur gardener.
Honeysuckle: This vine features pink, trumpet-like flowers and a delicious smell. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, and it tolerates full to partial sun. However, it only has a medium drought tolerance, so remember to water it with your ferns and perennials.
Morning Glory: Many people think of this vine as a weed, and it will spread like one if you don’t give it barriers. But once you do, this vine will flourish with little or no care.
How to Make Your Yard Even More Low-Maintenance
The plants above don’t require much attention. However, if you still find their care too much for your schedule, call on landscaping experts in your area. They’ll prune your trees and shrubs, and they’ll spray herbicides so weeds don’t encroach upon the plants you actually want. Some even offer to mulch your yard so your plants have plenty of nutrients to grow. You won’t have to do anything except water, and you can buy sprinklers to do that for you.
Call your local landscaping expert or tree care provider to get the beautiful, low-maintenance yard you’ve always wanted today.