Low Maintenance Plants for Houston Gardens

Low Maintenance Plants for Houston Gardens

By Rebekah White

Gardening is supposed to be relaxing – at least, that’s what you hope. Although this pastime is one of the best ways to beautify your home and decrease stress, it can be all too easy to select plants that require hours of seeding, weeding, pruning, and fussing.

In Houston, we are lucky to experience warm, sunny weather throughout much of the year. Why waste those conditions on hours of manual labor tending your garden? Consider low maintenance plants so that you can maximize your relaxation right away.

False Aloe

  • Scientific name: Manfreda virginica
  • Sunlight: Full to partial sunlight
  • Moisture: Average
  • Bloom time: May to August
  • Height: 4-5 feet
  • Width: 16 to 20 inches
  • Attracts: Hummingbirds

This flowering perennial is low maintenance and easy to care for because it can tolerate warm conditions with moderate amounts of moisture. Also known as the rattlesnake master, this plant belongs to the agave family. As a result, it attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds to its lightly scented leaves. This plant is best planted in dry, sunny beds, or as a ground cover in partial shade. It also works well as a container species, which allows you to control variables such as sunlight and moisture content with ease.

Autumn Sage

  • Scientific name: Salvia greggii
  • Sunlight: Full sunlight
  • Moisture: Dry (drought tolerant)
  • Bloom time: March to November
  • Height: 2 feet
  • Width: 2 feet
  • Attracts: Bees and hummingbirds

autumn sage is a low-maintenance plant option

This ornamental flowering shrub not only is easy to care for in the dry, hot Texas climate, but it also provides a lovely fragrance. Related to mint, its leaves release a minty aroma that attracts bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Its colors vary depending on the exact location, but can be red, orange, pink, purple, or white. It works well in a perennial bed or as a low hedge. Its scented blossoms attract hummingbirds and other pollinators, and it grows easily on rocky slopes, making it a highly versatile and appealing option.

Texas Lantana

  • Scientific name: Lantana urticoides
  • Sunlight: Full sunlight
  • Moisture: Dry (drought tolerant)
  • Bloom time: April to October
  • Height: 3-10 feet
  • Width: 3-6 feet
  • Attracts: Birds and butterflies

This plant (pictured at the top of the article), is part of the verbena family and produces rounded clusters of striking flowers in a variety of colors. It is best known for its broad, ovate leaves with coarse teeth, although it also produces colorful, tubular flowers in red, orange, and yellow shades. It also produces a fruit that attracts birds and butterflies, while somehow repelling deer due to its toxic nature according to LawnStarter. This is an easy-to-care for species, as it grows well even in nutrient-poor or poorly draining soils.

 Purple Coneflower

  • Scientific name: Echinacea purpurea
  • Sunlight: Full to partial
  • Moisture: Dry (drought tolerant)
  • Bloom time: April to September
  • Height: 2-5 feet
  • Width: Less than one foot
  • Attracts: Butterflies and hummingbirds

Purple Coneflower is a low-maintenance plant option for Houston.

This unique and popular perennial flower, part of the echinacea family, produces a wide range of health benefits. It has traditionally served as an antibiotic as well as an anti-inflammatory medicine, strengthening the immune system while raising white blood cell counts. It is attractive, growing easily and wild in some locations.

Conclusion

Gardening doesn’t have to be a chore. By selecting low maintenance plants like the above options (or these for our friends in Dallas) and incorporating easy-to-follow strategies such as planting in large beds or additions such as stone edges and mulch, you can take the hassle out of landscaping and spend your summers relaxing instead.

Rebekah White

About the author

Rebekah White is a freelance writer from upstate New York. She specializes in articles related to the outdoors, agriculture, and education.

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