Choosing the right plants for your landscaping can be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure what kind of look you want to go for. The plants listed below are all beautiful and relatively simple to grow, making them an easy choice when it comes to landscaping options. For the best chance at a successful garden, always check your hardiness zone, ask a professional or garden center staff person which plants would be best for your area.
1) Lavender: Not only is lavender beautiful and fragrant, but it’s also incredibly easy to grow. Lavender won’t tolerate excessive water or humidity, so to keep these plants happy and healthy plant them at least 12 inches apart to give them room to breathe. Well-draining soil is a must, so add sand to your soil or plant the lavender on a mound. Lavender is hardy in zones 5-10 and does best in full sun. It’s also very drought tolerant, plus it attracts butterflies and bees and deters deer, making it great for protecting the rest of your plants from hungry wildlife.
2) Peonies: Peonies are said to be some of the easiest flowers to grow so if you’re looking for low maintenance these beautiful bright pink flowers might be just what your landscaping needs. These flowers need full sun and well-draining soil, but as long as you provide that and some routine maintenance, these flowers will reward you with colorful and fragrant double blooms. Remove any dead foliage or flowers to promote new growth and keep your plant healthy. One of my favorites is the Jules Vern peony, but they can be a bit of a challenge to find. There are dozens of beautiful varieties to choose from though!
3) Flower Carpet Roses: Carpet roses are a beautiful type of ground cover roses that are extremely disease resistant and will bloom from spring to fall. Once your plants are established, they can provide up to 2,000 flowers. These beautiful flowers have a two-tier root system that makes them drought-resistant so they’re perfect for homeowners who may be a little forgetful about watering.
To keep your plant healthy, give it a trim in early spring or late winter. Carpet roses come in a range of colors, so you’re sure to find the one that suits you perfectly.
4) Marigolds: Marigolds have a brilliant color that make them an excellent choice for adding a pop of color to your landscape. Marigolds also have a recognizable odor that is great for repelling mosquitoes. Still looking for another reason to plant marigolds? These bright flowers are also edible. Marigolds are sometimes called “the poor man’s saffron” because some varieties have a flavor that is similar to saffron.
5) Lilacs: Lavender isn’t the only beautiful purple plant on this list. Lilacs are another incredibly fragrant plant that every homeowner should have. Lilacs come in other color varieties, too, such as pink, light blue and white. The smell intensity of lilacs varies based on the type, but this is good news for those with hypersensitive noses. If you find the purple variety of lilacs to be too much, you can try planting a milder-scented white variety instead. Lilacs are strong plants but require plenty of water to be healthy. Aim for an inch of water a week to keep your plants well hydrated.
6) Sweet Alyssum: This plant has delicate and fragrant blooms, and thrives in a variety of regions. Being heat- and drought-resistant makes it easy to grow and pretty hard to kill. Alyssum isn’t frost resistant, but it will self-sow, making it easier for you to keep enjoying this beautiful carpet flower. Alyssum is actually a member of the mustard family, but the sweet smell they give off can make that easy to forget. This plant will tolerate a variety of soil conditions, but like most plants prefers well-draining soil and full sun.
7 Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas come in so many different colors and shape that there’s bound to be one just right for your landscaping plan. These beauties prefer rich soil that is well draining and need full sun in the morning, with some partial afternoon shade.
Since hydrangeas are native to the U.S., they’re relatively easy to grow here. Mophead varieties are sensitive to heat and may droop if they’re getting too hot, so giving them some shade is necessary to keep them happy and perky. These plants only really need to be pruned when there’s obvious dead wood. Getting rid of dead wood will encourage new growth and blooms. Varieties that bloom on old wood should be cut back shortly after they bloom to allow blooms to set for the following year.
Now that you have an idea of where to get started, putting your landscaping layout together should be a breeze. These gorgeous plants will provide color and pleasant scents to make your yard an enticing place to be all the way up until winter. With a little bit of thought and some effort, you can create a magical place that clearly displays your personality. Turning your yard into your own personal oasis with landscaping might be easier than you thought.
Ali is a kombucha tea-sipping blogger who focuses on organic gardening and healthy living via her family blog Homey Improvements. She also enjoys sharing her recent discoveries with DIY projects and home tips. Ali is “Alaska Grown” but now resides in PA. Connect with her on Twitter at @DIYfolks.