How to garden?


New to gardening. I work a lot and need full sun, low maintenance bushes/flowers to plant. What are some good ones that don't need watered daily and make the yard look nice??

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  • on Jun 28, 2021

    It depends so much on where you live. My suggestion is to look at the plantings that are outside the shopping malls and office buildings near you. They are guaranteed low maintenance and usually full sun. Then choose from those shrubs and grasses for your design.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 28, 2021

    I agree it really really totally depends on where you live. I would go to your locally owned nursery and tell them exactly what you're looking for. They'll have the experience in your area to get you exactly what you need :)

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 28, 2021

    Hostas are usually low maintenance

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jun 28, 2021

    Day lilies are another very low maintenance plant.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 28, 2021

    What zone are you in?

  • Janice Janice on Jun 28, 2021

    You can learn a lot about easy to grow, low maintenance plantings by contacting your County Extension Agent's office. They will know exactly what plants thrive in your particular area and can recommend plants to you when you telll them your needs. Their advice is free as it is a government agency.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 28, 2021

    I like flowering shrubs and flowers in pots.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 29, 2021

    I would take photos of areas you would like to work on to your local nursery (not Home Depot or Lowes) and they can tell you what will work in your soil, your growing zone and in shade or sun...

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 29, 2021

    You could go to the library or online to find gardening ideas for beginners before you start and then you would know how to do it

  • My yard is full sun and I'm not a great gardener, but we have day lilies, million belles and petunias that thrive in our area. Hostas do ok, but sometimes get burned leaves from too much sun.

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on Jun 30, 2021

    Cactus Mandeville, also is a climber

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 30, 2021

    I have azaleas that are low maintenance. Also butterfly bush. You need to consult a local nursery since you didn’t mention zone and soil type. I think most need to be watered the first year to establish roots though.

  • It really depends on your planting zone so the best place to get this advice is at your local garden center. Talk to someone there about what your needs and limits are, they'll definitely point you in the right direction.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 01, 2021

    Any perennial you plant T first needs water to establish then it will only need maybe 2 times a week ,perennials come back every year ,Annuals you need to plant every year

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 03, 2021

    Hi Ashley: Well, all plants need water, some not as much as others. I have annuals and perennials in my yard. One easy way to remember the difference is PERennials are PERmanent, if you care for them properly. Annuals, well, you buy them once ANNUAL be buying them again next year :) Here are some good choices for you:

    Good luck

  • Brenda Webb Brenda Webb on Jul 26, 2021

    Lantana does really well and comes in lots of colors. I have day lilies Amarilla and day and they are very low maintenance.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 26, 2021

    Hello. Plant recommendations always depend on your specific location and growing zone. That would determine the best plant to suggests. Most plants success depend on their hardness to geographic planting zones presenting weather conditions. This information could give us more clue to give you the best suggestions for plant success!

    Additionally for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    Your county extension agent and volunteer MGs will provide specific info. Very customized to your location planting site, slope issues, wind issues, snow and ice impact, frost heave, etc.

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