5 Easy To Look After Outdoor Plants

If you want to make your garden look beautiful without spending too much time tendering to the plant life, you need to select plants that can—to some extent—take care of themselves.

While all plantlife will require some TLC, there are certainly some that need less than others.

In this blog post, we list our top 5 easy outdoor plants that even a gardening novice should be able to keep alive! Read on to find out what they are.


Lavender is a fool-proof, tough garden plant that adds beautiful colors and scents to your garden. Lavender plants are drought-tolerant so require very little water. They need just one annual prune to keep it compact and well shaped.

Lavender is hardy, so can withstand cold temperatures but also copes well in direct sunlight. It is also a brilliant addition to your outdoor space if you want to attract bees and create an eco garden.

Can be potted or planted directly into the ground.


This hardy perennial is easy to grow, colourful and has a beautiful scent. These frost-hardy plants just need well drained, fertile and moist soil. Find out more about maintaining soil health here.

We advise mulching the flower bed to maintain these conditions. They like sunlight but can survive happily in shadier areas of your garden.

Can be potted or planted directly into the ground.


Hardy succulents are a great option if you’re looking for easy care outdoor potted plants or something you can plant directly into the ground. Sempervivum literally means ‘always alive’, so these are great for the not-so-green-fingered among us!

This plant is native to rocky habitats in mountainous regions, so can grow pretty much anywhere and is very resilient in extreme temperatures. Sempervivum don’t require feeding, but if you choose to pot them then it is advisable to re-pot them annually.

Ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses, like Carex and Chasmanthiums, bring a great amount of variety to your garden. Offering new colours, shapes and textures, they can really help bring a garden to life.

They’re also easy to care for. Ornamental grasses can tolerate a wide range of conditions, but are happiest in direct sunlight. They grow best in moist, well-drained soil however do not require much feeding.


Hydrangeas are truly stunning, and surprisingly easy to look after. In fact, they effectively grow themselves. As a hardy perennial, they can withstand extreme temperatures but do like morning sunlight.

Hydrangeas prefer moist soil and can not tolerate being waterlogged, so effective drainage is vital. This plant works best planted directly into the ground as it is fast-growing.

So, if you’re looking for low-maintenance outdoor plants for your garden, these are the best of the bunch. Of course, there’s other options to explore too, but if it’s easy maintenance you’re after, these beautiful plants are definitely worth considering.

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