When spring rolls around and the weather starts getting nicer, it's not uncommon for you to wonder how you can best revive your landscaping from its winter sleep and greet the new season with a flourish of life.
However, you might not have time to spend all day in your garden pruning each tree and shrub and meticulously keeping track of which flowers are losing their petals and when. There's nothing wrong with not being a picky or finicky gardener, but it does mean that you have to pick your spring plants carefully.
So if you're looking for the best low-maintenance plants to celebrate the new spring season with, then here's what you need to know.
Chinese Fringe Tree
A deciduous tree that hates the cold, the Chinese fringe tree is a plant that has beautiful white blossoms that give off a fragrant aroma. Blooming in the spring, this tree can grow up to 20 feet in height and can grow to be just as wide as it is tall.
Female plants are even more visually appealing than their male counterparts, as they (in addition to the white flowers) grow little berry-like purple fruits in late summer and fall.
With medium water needs, the ability to grow in any condition from full sun to partial shade, low pruning needs, and no particular propensity to any specific insects or diseases, the Chinese fringe tree is a great spring plant that makes your landscape look showy without requiring a lot of effort.
With the ability to grow in most conditions, including low and high temperatures, and an early bloom, sedum plants (also called stonecrops) are brightly colored leaf succulents with beautiful star-shaped flowers (most often with five points).
All varieties of sedum plants are incredibly drought tolerant (due to their leaves, which store water) making them perfect for hotter, drier climates - this means you don't have to worry too much about watering them. Some varieties (such as prickmadam) are even edible and are sometimes used as salad greens.
Sedum plants are the ultimate in spring plants, chiefly because they bloom so early into spring. These lovely succulents will give your garden its first burst of color after a long, dark winter - all without much work from you.
Hens and Chicks
"Hens and chicks" is actually a catch-all name for a group of succulents (also called "hens-and-chickens" or "hens-and-biddies") where little buds are arranged in a rosette pattern around the large bud in the middle. Not only are these plants incredibly hardy and drought tolerant but also they're oddly pretty for a succulent, resembling tightly closed artichokes that bloom into spiked pink flowers.
Not only are these plants low maintenance but also they can be grown in near any sun condition (though they do prefer full sun, they will grow nicely in shade as well) and even in rocky soil. That makes these perfect for those problem areas in your yard where you just can't get slightly fussier types of plants to take root and grow.
Things to Remember
Spring is a time when all of nature is in bloom, but that doesn't mean that you should have to spend every day outside tending to your yard. Plants that are low maintenance can look just as nice as finicky plants, without you spending your whole season worrying about what could or might go wrong with your landscaping.
For more information on landscaping design, installation, maintenance, or to schedule a consultation, visit our experts at Chandler Landscapes, Inc., or check out our website, today. We'll help you get the yard of your dreams.