Not just our ancient gardener, but we all are looking for high value from plants that are low maintenance. We have published lists of great plants and care instructions for pruning and winterizing on other posts. But today we concentrate on five trees and shrubs that require absolutely no care beyond planting and watering to give them a head start. Our guest author today is Matt Day from www.genuinegardenservices.co.uk They have a host of interesting plant advice and gardening tips articles on their blog. For further information on garden maintenance services, please contact them. Matt and his company have some beautiful suggestions for our gardens.
Having a low maintenance garden takes careful planning and so we have tried to make that a little easier by providing a good mix of trees and shrubs that require little or no maintenance. We have included as wide a range as possible to cover a variety of colors and seasons. For instance, the Japanese Maple provides a wide range of variants in both color and size. The two evergreen shrubs in the list both provide a different appearance and color to each other and winter coverage with a fragrant summer flowering shrub to attract insects. And finally a spring flowering tree with a more unusual weeping form.
Japanese maple (Acer Palmatum)
There are many different types of Japanese maple tree. Some only grow to heights of a maximum 5 ft (1.5m) and others will grow much taller. All Japanese Maples are slow growing and require little maintenance. They can be found in many different colors to include deep reds to orange, and lime green to dark green. An example of one of the smaller variants is the Garnet Japanese maple from the dissectum group. This has deep red leaves and only grows to about 5 ft (1.5m). Japanese Maples are hardy and pruning, if required, should be carried out late winter to early spring. Pruning is not essential, but removing dead wood, or problem sections is worth doing to maintain health.
Juniper ‘Old Gold’
This is a very hardy, wide spreading juniper shrub which will provide dense cover. It is ideal if you are looking for something which will not grow very tall. It is aromatic and will enhance the look of your garden and add interest throughout the winter months when everything will look very bare. It has a bright moss green color. It should be planted in full sun to gain the best color shades. Its growth speed is slow and it is frost resistant and drought resistant so little care is required.
Picea pungens Globosa
This evergreen has more unusual coloring than many common garden shrubs. It could be used to add contrast to an area of your garden of solid color. It is often used in rockeries due to the fact it is slow growing and its maximum size is only around 3 ft (1m) tall and wide. This attractive shrub is an evergreen and will therefore contribute color to your garden all year round, even throughout winter. It is very low maintenance as it does not require pruning and is extremely hardy.
In my opinion this is a perfect choice for any garden. This is one of my favorite shrubs. It has beautiful fragrant flowers in summer. It will attract the bees and butterflies so it is great for helping to establish an insect friendly garden. It does not grow very large, so maintenance is easy. Without maintenance, this shrub will still flower and flourish and just leaving it to do its own thing is not a problem. However maintenance is advised as it is an easy shrub to prune and this will help it flourish. It is a good idea to trim it mid spring. This can prevent it from growing too high. It will also keep the buddleia in good health and encourage the best flower growth. It can grow to 6 or 9 ft (2 or 3 m) tall. It is also available in various colors to include pink and purple shades and white
Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura – Cheals Weeping Cherry Trees
This small tree grows pink blossoms in April/May. It is an ideal choice to add spring color to your garden when your other flowers are not yet in full bloom. It is a great alternative to a standard cherry tree, and many will find its weeping form to be a more unusual and beautiful choice. As this is a small tree, it should be easy to maintain yourself with minimum effort required.
Do you have other suggestions for low maintenance bushes and trees for a home landscape?