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How to Find Low-Maintenance Plants

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When it comes to gardening, sometimes the thought of killing your garden can shut down your operation all together.

But don’t be intimidated. There are a number of species and types of gardens where you can grow low-maintenance plants that actually thrive under less care!

We outline a few plants depending on various environments that you’ll have no problem growing. Start a list, allocate a few spaces in your yard, and put these species on the list.

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Indoor Plant Varieties

Bring life, color and oxygen into your home, by incorporating plants in your living space.

While there are hundreds of plants that will successfully thrive inside, these are exceptionally favorable to surviving the care of those with no experience in gardening.

Snake Plant

Snake plants, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue as they are often lovingly called, are at the top of the list for hardy indoor plants. With strong vertical foliage, they are a great addition to any space, both modern and classic.

Resistant to disease and drought, snake plants can handle low light levels, and are forgiving after much neglect.

If you notice that the leaves are beginning to look dry and curled, just add water. Over time, you may even want to cut the base of some of the brown unattractive leaves to allow the younger and more vibrant leaves room to sprout.

Golden Pothos Ivy

This quintessential indoor plant, the Golden Pothos Ivy, has juicy lime green leaves, and will begin to cascade when grown from a shelf or hanging pot, downwards as long as you allow it.

They don’t like to be overwatered, and can tolerate low light levels. You do want to make sure they’re not sitting in overly strong sunlight, as their leaves will respond by turning yellow and dropping off.

These will grow excellently in the artificial light of an office too. Grab one next time you’re at the nursery, and bring a natural organic element into the office.

Aloe Vera

Aloes will grow well inside, but they do need a little light. Put them by a windowsill if you have one wide enough.

Aloe Vera’s are tolerant to drought, but do respond well when nurtured with water and light. Be sure to plant them in well-draining soil. For those that like a minimalist look inside their home, consider the simple forms of an aloe.

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Dry Desert Thriving Plants that Don’t Need Much Water

Whether you live in an environment with limited water, or you enjoy the look of desert gardens, desert plants are hard to kill. The only way you’ll kill these is by over watering them and letting their roots drown.


These hardy plants are adaptable to most soils, and over time, they will likely sprout babies from the base of their structure. As plants that thrive in rainy conditions, they can also withstand drought.

Plant them in a space where they can truly spread their wings. I have had yuccas grow up to 6 feet in diameter!

After a few years, you can expect to see their gorgeous white vertical blooms that are real showstoppers. But until then, rest assured this is one tough, durable plant.

Cacti and Succulents

Virtually any kind of cacti or succulent you can get your hands on will survive neglect, lack of water, and over all hardiness.

Succulents are easy to strike, meaning you can take a pinch of your neighbors plant and place its open end into the dirt. Make sure to water it frequently until it strikes those roots and takes foot.

There’s a misconception that cacti don’t like water, but they do. They can survive without it, however, and are very good at storing it. Get your cacti and succulents established in full sun, and let them go wild.

The only time you need to be overly cautious is during a hard freeze. Cover up your cacti and succulents with a sheet to protect their moist insides from turning to ice.

Euphorbia or Pencil Plant

This is another plant that is easy to strike. Once they are established, they grow without much care at all. With lots of sunlight, pencil plant tips will turn yellow and even red, but in full sun to dappled shade, they will thrive. Plant in the ground or in pots. You’ll enjoy them for years to come.

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Shade Lovers

You don’t need a yard full of sun to make a garden successful. Plenty of species thrive in the darkness beneath the boughs of a large tree, and you’ll find that if you plant the right thing, you’ll spend your days as a gardener controlling them.


Long and flowing with green and purple leaves and stems, the Tradescantia plant is an easy ground cover plant that blooms little lilac blossoms once a year. They are easy to strike from a neighbors garden. Simply take a few cuttings and place them into a fresh jar of water on a sunny windowsill.

Once in the ground, keep them moderately watered, but don’t worry if you neglect them for weeks at a time. They are hardy, and will survive neglect. Just make sure you cover up any areas of the garden where they grow during a hard freeze.

Sword Ferns

Sword ferns are like fire in your garden in that they can easily take over and are hard to kill. For parts of the yard with lots of expansive area, consider these. They are constantly creating fresh foliage and are easy on the eye. They even have an element of whimsy. They love low lying moist areas, so plant them where water collects, and ignore them from here on out.

Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra or cast iron plants, are as hardy as they come, and provide a nice leafy vertical element to any shady garden. Once they are established, they will take off and fill in the spaces in your yard. No need to tend to them, as they will find the moisture they need in the soil.

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