Tips for Non-Gardeners

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Can’t seem to keep your plants alive? Here’s some great plants that will, mostly, look after themselves.

Sensational Succulents

Cacti and succulents are great for the neglected garden because they can survive both periods of heat and a lack of water pretty well. And it’s not just spiky cactus. There’s a huge variety that will please a range of tastes including the pretty, flowering Moss Ross (Portulaca grandiflora) and the hardy Crassula Campfire.

Blooming Bromeliads

Bromeliads require very little maintenance beyond keeping their well like centre core topped up with water. The Giant Bromeliad is a fantastic addition to any garden, in a shaded spot or indoors, it can grow up to 1 metre in width and eventually it will flower throwing out an eye-catching flower-spike. You shouldn’t over water it and avoid watering its soil, just make sure the central ‘well’ of the plant is topped up and your bromeliad will be happy for years to come.

Harmonious Herbs

Bushy, drought tolerant plants such as rosemary and lavender are perfect for a low maintenance garden and they also can be used in cooking and around the home. Grouped together under the quaint name ‘cottage garden plants’ there’s quite a few similar plants that love the sun and don’t need too much water.

Grand Ground Cover

If you can’t find time to weed then you’ll need some kind of ground cover to fill in those blank spaces in your garden beds and choke out the weeds. Pig face gets the nod for being a resilient, fast growing ground cover that produces wonderful flowers. Dichondra repens is a hardy native that grows in a tightly packed, lawn like spread and responds best to low levels of watering.

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