9 Beautiful Easy-care Plants

Sunset Magazine
At Home
September 10, 2012


Up the serenity in your own garden room with these easy-care, low-water plants

Santa Barbara daisy
(Erigeron karvinskianus)
The tiny white and pink flowers make a great border accent when planted in the forefront of tall grasses.

Mexican feather grass
(Stipa tenuissima)
These clump-forming grasses produce large, open, airy inflorescences that can add lightness and motion to the garden.

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French lavender
(Lavandula dentata)
This aromatic variety of lavendar is lovely when used as informal hedge or edging.

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Beard tongue
(Penstemon)
This bushy plant is fairly short lived, but to make up for it, it produces lots of trumpet-shaped blooms over a long period. Deep purple 'Midnight' is a standout for its vivid hue.

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Butterfly bush
(Buddleja davidii)
These small, fragrant blossoms grow in spikelike clusters and attract butterflies to your garden.

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New Zealand flax
(Phormium)
This dramatic plant with fanning evergreen leaves makes a good garden focal point. It provides year-round color, which intensifies in cool weather.

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Hedge lavender
(Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso')
Like other varieites of lavender, this will succeed in cool coastal or mountain climates or inland valleys and deserts--essentially a great pick for a low-water garden.

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Carex divulsa
(Sold as Carex tumulicola)
This ornamental grass is a lovely choice to grow for foliage effect.

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Common thyme
(Thymus vulgaris)
The herb's small, pungent leaves grow on stems up to 1 foot tall, yielding white to lilac flowers, making it a good choice for low edging.

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Related:
12 great drought-tolerant plants
How to create 4 outdoor rooms in a small backyard
15 best plants for pollinators

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