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40 Low Maintenance Plants for Landscaping Your Property

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

If you're looking for low-maintenance plants to landscape your property, there are many options that require minimal care and attention while still providing exceptional beauty and enjoyment. Here are 40 different options for low maintenance plants for landscaping to help give you some ideas!


1. Gaillardia (Blantet Flower)

These perennial beauties come in a variety of colors and color combinations. They are hardy up to 8,500 feet, are compact and bushy, and add the perfect burst of color to your landscape. They are xeric as well, meaning that they require minimal care and are drought tolerant.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 10" - 16" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Multicolor, Orange, Yellow Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Staff Favorite, Xeric


2. Vinca Vine (Periwinkle/Myrtle ‘Bowles’)

Vinca vine is a fantastic groundcover plant that is hardy up to 8,000 feet and can tolerate many different conditions from full sun to full shade and everything in between. It can be an aggressive grower and will take over an area if allowed to.

Vinca vine with purple flowers

Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 10 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Shade, Sun Height: 4" - 6" Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Blue, Purple Bloom Time: Spring

Attributes: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care

3. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Ivy is another great low-maintenance option for shaded areas. This plant can be grown as a groundcover plant or as a vine. It can tolerate moderate foot traffic and will also climb any verticle surface nearby.

Hedera helix ivy groundcover vine

Plant Type: Groundcover, Vine Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9, Hardy to 6,500' Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Shade Height: 20' Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Fall Color: Red

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Climber, Easy Care


4. Forsythia

The bright yellow flowers of Northern Gold Forsythia are unmatched and easily recognizable. Signaling the arrival of spring, these flowering shrubs are bursting with color and are a great low-maintenance option for any Colorado landscape.

Forsythia yellow flowering shrub

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 6' - 8' Width: 5' - 7'

Foliage Color: Green

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: Spring

Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care


5. Irises

Irises come in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns. They can also have varying bloom times based on the specific variety. Irises are very easy to maintain and multiply over time, leaving you with flowerbeds full of tall and colorful flowers complemented by dramatic spikes of foliage. Explore the different varieties of irises and find the perfect ones for your landscaping!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 3' - 3' 6" Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green, Multicolor Bloom Color: Purple, Yellow, Orange, Red, White, Multicolor Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Xeric, Fragrant, Staff Favorite

6. Echinacea Coneflower

There are also many different varieties of Coneflower, all of which bring their own unique, low-maintenance beauty to your yard. These perennial flowers are fantastic for attracting pollinators to your space, are a great xeric option, and require very little care throughout the season.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 16" - 30" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Yellow, Multicolor, Orange, Red, Pink Bloom Time: Fall, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Birds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Winter Interest, Xeric


7. Cushion Spurge

Cushion spurge is another amazingly colorful and vibrant perennial plant that is perfect for xeriscapes due to its drought tolerance and low maintenance. While the hardiness of some varieties may vary slightly, most are hardy up to around 7,000 feet, making them ideal for arid and mountainous environments.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 12" - 18" Width: 12" - 16"

Foliage Color: Green, Multicolor, Pink, White, Red Bloom Color: Yellow Bloom Time: Spring

Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Staff Favorite, Xeric


8. Daylilies

Daylilies, despite their lush and delicate appearance, are quite hardy and require very little care. Their long-lasting blooms are bright and numerous, and their bushy growth habit is perfect for filling up space and adding texture to your landscaping. Remove spent blooms from your plant to encourage reblooming!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 10" - 12" Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Staff Favorite, Fragrant


9. Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum)

Hen and chicks come in a variety of colors and patterns and are a fun and unique low-maintenance option for any hot and sunny area of your yard. These succulents get their name because the original plant will quickly multiply, producing many small versions of the same plant around the base of the original plant. Hen and chicks are easy to divide, are drought tolerant, and require little to no maintenance,

Hen & Chicks- Sempervivum

Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial, Succulents Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 3" - 4" Width: 6" - 12"

Foliage Color: Blue, Green, Multicolor, Pink, Red, Yellow Bloom Color: Pink, Purple Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fast Growing, Rabbit Resistant, Winter Interest, Container, Staff Favorite


10. Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus are truly breathtaking plants. There are many different varieties with different colored flowers, different foliage, and varying sizes. They are low-maintenance plants that are great for attracting pollinators of all kinds with their vibrant, aromatic, and long-lasting blooms.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 4' - 5' Width: 4' - 6'

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Multicolor, Pink, White, Red Bloom Time: Fall, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Staff Favorite, Moist Conditions


11. Hosta

Hostas are a highly popular option for shaded areas in need of some greenery. The large, tropical, dramatic leaves of these plants are colorful, textured, and quite the eye-catcher. They feature delicate purple blooms in the summer that are great for attracting pollinators and adding an extra touch of color to your space.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3, Hardy to 6,500' Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Shade Height: 20" Width: 3' 6"

Foliage Color: Green, Blue, Yellow, White, Multicolor Bloom Color: Purple Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Easy Care

12. Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are a fantastic option for shaded areas of your landscaping. While many blooming plants require full sun, these flowering shrubs prefer shaded conditions and produce voluminous and flourishing clumps of flowers in a variety of colors. Influence the color of your blooms by adding Soil Acidifier (to encourage blue blooms) or Garden Lime (to encourage pink blooms).

Plant Type: Shrub Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 3' - 6' Width: 3' - 6'

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Pink, Blue, White Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attributes: Easy Care, Native, Pet Friendly, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Attracts Pollinators


13. Lavender

There are many different varieties of lavender, however, most feature very recognizable purple blooms and silver-green foliage. While mature size and hardiness can vary slightly, most types of lavender are xeric and very hardy, able to tolerate elevations up to 8,500'.

Lavender Perennial Plant

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 5-9, Hardy to 8,500' Light Requirements: Sun Height: 12" - 18" Width: 10" - 15"

Foliage Color: Green, Silver Bloom Color: Purple Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Xeric


14. Salvia

When it comes to easy care, low maintenance beauty, salvia is at the top of the list. These plants are very hardy, with most being able to tolerate elevations up to 8,500 feet. They are drought tolerant, are covered in beautiful blooms throughout the summer, attract pollinators, and more! Coming in a variety of colors and sizes, these plants are perfect for any low-maintenance landscape.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 8" - 18" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Purple, Pink, White Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Xeric


15. Pasque Flower

These unique-looking flowers are extremely hardy and add rich color to any landscape or flower garden. Generally staying fairly compact in size, these perennial flowers are perfect for small spaces or for adding low maintenance plants for landscaping.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3-8, Hardy to 9,000' Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 6" - 12" Width: 6" - 12"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Multicolor, Purple, Red, White Bloom Time: Spring

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Staff Favorite, Xeric


16. Peony

Peonies are extravagant in their beauty and have the most luxurious aroma. In addition to being very hardy and low-maintenance, these beauties attract pollinators, make for beautiful cut flower bouquets, and will decorate your yard in a way not many other plants can compare with.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8, Hardy to 8,500' Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 18" - 3' Width: 24" - 3'

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Pink, White, Red, Yellow, Purple, Multicolor Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy Care, Staff Favorite, Fragrant


17. Dianthus

There are many different varieties of dianthus. In fact, did you know that carnations are a type of dianthus? These perennial flowers vary widely in mature size, color, number of petals, and more. Find the variety that fits your yard best and add beautiful, low-maintenance color and texture to your landscaping.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 6" - 20" Width: 8" - 16"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Pink, Yellow, White, Red, Multicolor, Purple Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Staff Favorite

18. Red Hot Poker

These interesting flowers are sure to draw the attention of any passersby. Their tall, torch-like flowers display vibrant color and their grassy silver-green foliage provides a beautiful contrast. Add Red Hot Poker plants to your landscaping if you are looking for drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly, low maintenance plants for landscaping!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 24" - 3' Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Multicolor, Orange, Red, Yellow Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Staff Favorite, Xeric


19. Shasta Daisy

There are many different varieties of Shasta daisies, however, they all are very similar in appearance, featuring their stark white petals and bright yellow center. Where the different varieties vary the most is in their mature size. Daisies are a great low-maintenance option for your flower gardens.

shasta daisy

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 8" - 4' Width: 10" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: White Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Staff Favorite


20. Sedum (Stonecrop)

There are hundreds of different types of sedum, all with different shaped foliage, different sizes, colors, and different growth habits too. They are ideal for use as groundcover perennials in areas with full sun exposure. They require little to no maintenance, are extremely tolerant of hot and dry conditions, and add unique color and texture to any yard.

Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 3" - 14" Width: 10" - 18"

Foliage Color: Yellow, Blue, Green, Multicolor, Pink, Red Bloom Color: Yellow, Pink Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Staff Favorite


21. Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis, sometimes referred to as Tickseed, is a flowering perennial known for its bright and cheery flowers that stand tall and proud. Color and mature size can vary depending on the variety. This easy care option is great for beginners and experts alike!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 12" - 24" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Yellow, Red, Multicolor Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care


22. Veronica (Speedwell)

Coming in a number of lush colors, Speedwell can take the form of an upright bushy plant with flower spikes several inches tall. It can also take the form of a low-growing groundcover plant with colorful blooms decorating its surface. Both a great options for low-maintenance plants that add color and beauty to any space.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 12" - 18" Width: 10" - 18"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, Blue Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant


23. Heuchera (Coral Bells)

Heuchera, often referred to as Coral Bells, are an exquisite flowering perennial that comes in many different colors. Mature size, foliage color, and bloom color can vary depending on the variety. They grow well in shaded environments and can tolerate some sun exposure. Add unique and eye-catching color to your landscaping with these fantastic, low-maintenance plants for landscaping.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Shade Height: 7" - 24" Width: 12" - 20"

Foliage Color: Green, Orange, Red, Purple, Multicolor Bloom Color: Multicolor, Pink, Red, White Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Salt Tolerant

24. Echinops Thistle (Globe Thistle)

If you are looking for low-maintenance plants for landscaping that are full of character and unique in appearance, look no further! Globe Thistle is a xeric option that has a number of features and benefits. They grow well in a number of different environments and are hardy up to 8,000 feet.

Globe Thistle 'Blue Glow'- Echinops 'Blue Glow'

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 3' - 4' Width: 24"

Foliage Color: Green, Multicolor, Silver Bloom Color: Blue Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Winter Interest, Staff Favorite, Xeric


25. Allium

Allium, also known as ornamental onions, feature fluffy purple globes atop towering greens. These perennials are xeric, requiring minimal maintenance, and attract pollinators of all kinds. They make for beautiful cut flowers and can even be dried and used as a more long-lasting decoration within your home.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 12" - 20" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Purple Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Xeric


26. Yarrow

Coming in a variety of colors, Yarrow produces long-lasting blooms that appear in clusters atop clump-forming plants. They are very hardy, being able to grow at elevations up to 9,000'. These fragrant perennials will even rebloom later in the season if tey are cut back after the first round of flowering.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 18" - 24" Width: 18" - 32"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Red, Yellow, Pink Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Fragrant, Xeric


27. Balloon Flower

Balloon flowers get their name from their appearance just before their blooms open up. Mature size may vary slightly between the different types of Balloon flowers. Requiring very little care, these beautiful perennial plants are a favorite among many!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 6" - 30" Width: 10" - 18"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Purple, White, Blue, Multicolor Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Staff Favorite

28. Geum

Different varieties of this plant come with single, semi-double, and double blooms in varying colors. They are very hardy, with some varieties being able to tolerate elevations up to 8,000'. Plant these perennial flowers in your garden for beautiful, low-maintenance color!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 8" - 24" Width: 12" - 4'

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Red, Orange, Pink Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Staff Favorite


29. Potentilla

This beautiful flowering shrub is perfect if you are looking for low maintenance plants for landscaping. Most commonly seen in yellow or white, these plants are perfect for xeriscapes with their drought-tolerant properties. They are also great for attracting pollinators, are native to Colorado, and add winter interest to your landscaping as well!

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 18" - 24" Width: 30" - 3'

Foliage Color: Green, Sliver Bloom Color: Yellow, White Bloom Time: Fall, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Native, Salt Tolerant, Winter Interest


30. Feather Reed Grass

Perennial grasses are highly popular when it comes to low maintenance plants for landscaping. They provide height and texture, add winter interest, and are very easy to care for. Karl Forester is perhaps one of the most common varieties, however there are countless other options with different heights, colors, textures, and other features.

Plant Type: Ornamental Grass Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 3" - 6' Width: 18" - 3'

Foliage Color: Green

Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Winter Interest


31. False Indigo

These beautiful perennial flowers come in a variety of beautiful colors ranging from purple to red to yellow and more! False Indigo is ideal for xeric, low-maintenance landscapes. Add this beautiful, unique, and easy care option to your yard today!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 3' Width: 3'

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Yellow, Red, Orange, Purple, Multicolor Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Winter Interest, Xeric


32. Primrose

This low-growing perennial flower is perfect as a groundcover plant. Their bright yellow blooms add a cheerful touch to any landscape. These flowers can come in different colors and sizes depending on the variety. Primrose is ideal for Colorado planting, being drought-tolerant and hardy up to 7,500'.

Plant Type: Groundcover, Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 6" - 12" Width: 12" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Yellow, White, Pink Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Salt Tolerant, Staff Favorite, Fragrant, Xeric


33. Hyssop/Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)

Known by many names, this plant is highly popular for many reasons. It comes in a variety of striking colors, is drought tolerant, requires very little maintenance, attracts pollinators, and the foliage can smell like either mint, licorice, or bubble gum when touched!

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 12" - 24" Width: 12" - 16"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Orange, Blue, Purple, Pink Bloom Time: Fall, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Staff Favorite, Fragrant, Xeric


34. Helleborus

Helleborus come in different colors and sizes with single and double blooms depending on the variety. They are very showy, require very little care, and are perfect for xeric landscape designs. The many other features of these plants make them an obvious no-brainer. Shop Helleborus now if you are looking for the perfect low maintenance plants for landscaping.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Shade Height: 18" - 24" Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Red, Maroon, Pink, White Bloom Time: Spring

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Rabbit Resistant, Salt Tolerant, Staff Favorite


35. Wild Blue Flax

With vibrant and beautiful blue petals to match the sky, it is no wonder Blue Flax is a favorite among many! Their compact but tall growth habit creates a feathery cluster of green beneath the delicate, long-blooming flowers. Some features may vary based on variety.

Wild Blue Flax 'Lewisii'- Linum 'Lewisii'

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 Light Requirements: Sun Height: 12" - 24" Width: 12"

Foliage Color: Green Bloom Color: Blue Bloom Time: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Native, Xeric


36. Hopflower

This vigorous trailing herb features decorative hop-like bracts that are lavender and chartreuse in color throughout the summer months. Unique in appearance, this low-maintenance perennial looks best planted in areas where it can drape or trail over stones, low walls, and the like.

Plant Type: Perennial Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Sun Height: 10" - 15" Width: 18" - 24"

Foliage Color: Green, Silver Bloom Color: Pink, Purple Bloom Time: Fall, Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Xeric


37. Clematis

Clematis vines are highly sought after for their big and beautifully colored blooms. They can tolerate slightly shaded conditions, are great for attracting pollinators to your yard, and grow best when given a trellis, rock wall, fence, or some other vertical surface to climb. Mature size, bloom color, and pruning may vary slightly depending on the variety.