Okay, morning glories and lemon squeezies didn’t make the list. But we can’t resist a good pun! Here are 5 low maintenance, zone 7 perennial garden plants for the lazy gardener. (Although we prefer “energy conserving” thank-you-very-much.)
Not only is this plant pretty, it smells really nice! The phlox also has lots of different types from ground cover to medium height to tall, topping out around 3 ft. It thrives in any amount of sun, prefers loamy or sandy soil, and attracts birds & butterflies.
This colorful shrub is so resilient and easy to care for. It is deer resistant and deciduous. It prefers partial or full sun & moist, well-drained soil. It does requires some pruning but that’s about as much work as you’re ever going to put into it.
If you need to create some ground cover in your garden, this semi-evergreen, grass-like plant is your best bet. It thrives in any amount of light and prefers loose, rich, slightly acidic soil. Just make sure you water regularly and mow it down before winter to ensure a clean regrowth next season.
Named because the stems stay in place when bent, the Obedient plant is easy to care for but also tends to spread quickly. If this isn’t a concern, it prefers drier soil and full sun. To prevent rapid spread, pull off dead flower heads as they wilt.
An evergreen perennial, the ajuga is a good groundcover that likes well-draining & fertile soil. It also prefers full sun to partial shade. Water every 2-3 weeks if it hasn’t rained but typically it does well on its own.
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