Low-Maintenance Garden

 
Fast growth. Low maintenance. Unique design. This garden bed has a lot going for it. The only requirements to jazz up a boring front lawn with this well-laid plan are sunlight and decent drainage. By placing the garden out by the sidewalk, you can create a sense of enclosure for the front yard while providing beauty and interest for visitors.
 
Plant
List
PERENNIALS
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Gentle Shepherd Daylily
(Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’) (5)

 

Zones 4-9. Soft white flowers with green throat, slightly
fragrant, grass-like foliage. 26″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Siberian Iris
(Iris siberica ‘Caeser’s Brother’)
Zones 3-8. Deep purple blooms in early summer, grass-like foliage. 36″ tall.

 
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Krossa Regal Hosta
(Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’) (4)

 

Zones 3-8. Blue-green leaves, vase shape, tall orchid
flower stalks late in summer. Foliage 30″ tall, stalks 6′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Blue Angel Hosta
(Hosta ‘Blue Angel’)
Zones 3-8. Blue-gray foliage, white flowers on tall stalks, slow grower, but impressive plant. 4′ tall.

 
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Patriot Hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’) (9)

 

Zones 3-8. Broad green leaves have a white edge,
lavender flowers in late summer. 22″ tall.

 

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Plant

Frances Williams Hosta (Hosta ‘Frances Williams’)
Zones 3-8. Seersucker foliage is
blue-gray with gold edge, white to lavender flowers. 30″ tall.

 
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Fountain Grass
(Miscanthus sinensis) (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Narrow bladed arching grass, clump form,
silver plumes in late summer and fall. 5-7′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Zones 5-9. Blue flowers spikes much of summer, fragrant silvery foliage. 4′ tall.

 
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Frosty Morn Sedum
(Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’) (8)

 

Zones 3-9. Fleshy bright green foliage is edged in white,
pink flowers late summer and fall. 18″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Big Ears (Stachys ‘Helen von Stein’)
Zones 4-9. Large silvery gray and wooly leaves. 12-18″ tall.

 
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Periwinkle (Vinca minor ‘Ralph Shugert’) (7)

 

Zones 4-9. White edged foliage, bright blue flowers
in spring. 6″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Zones 4-8. Whorled leaf pattern, tiny fragrant flowers in spring. 6-8″ tall.

 
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TREES AND SHRUBS
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Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Sea Green’) (2)

 

Zones 4-8. Mint green foliage on arching branches. 4′ tall
and wide.

 

Alternative
Plant

Russian Cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Zones 2-6. Low growing evergreen, lacy bright green foliage turns bronze
in winter. 12″ tall, 3′ wide.

 
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Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides) (3)

 

Zone 2-7. Small leaves tremble in wind, greenish white bark,
yellow fall color. 60′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Whitespire Birch (Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’)
Zones 4-7. Fine textured twigs and foliage, chalky white bark, yellow fall color. 30-40′ tall.

 
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Sea Foam Rose (Rosa ‘Sea Foam’) (1)

 

Zones 4-7. Recurrent blooms are white, fragrant, red rose
hips in fall. 3-4′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Annabelle Hydrangea
(Hydrangea a. ‘Annabelle’)
Zones 4-9. Large balls of white flowers much of the summer. 4′ tall and wide.

 
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Snowmound Spirea
(Spirea nipponica
‘Snowmound’) (2)

 

Zones 4-8. Rounded shrub with masses of white flowers in May.
3-4′ tall and 3-4′ across.

 

Alternative
Plant

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Zones 3-7. Dainty pink flowers in mid summer, large white berries into winter. 5′ tall, 3-6′ across.

 
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Dense Spreading Yew (Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’) (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Dark green foliage, high tolerance to shade. 3′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Holmstrup Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’)
Zones 3-8. Compact, bright green foliage. 4-5′ tall.

 
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Fast growth. Low maintenance. Unique design. This garden bed has a lot going for it. The only requirements to jazz up a boring front lawn with this well-laid plan are sunlight and decent drainage. By placing the garden out by the sidewalk, you can create a sense of enclosure for the front yard while providing beauty and interest for visitors.
 
Plant
List
PERENNIALS
A-

Gentle Shepherd Daylily
(Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’) (5)

 

Zones 4-9. Soft white flowers with green throat, slightly
fragrant, grass-like foliage. 26″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Siberian Iris
(Iris siberica ‘Caeser’s Brother’)
Zones 3-8. Deep purple blooms in early summer, grass-like foliage. 36″ tall.

 
Back To Top
B-

Krossa Regal Hosta
(Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’) (4)

 

Zones 3-8. Blue-green leaves, vase shape, tall orchid
flower stalks late in summer. Foliage 30″ tall, stalks 6′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Blue Angel Hosta
(Hosta ‘Blue Angel’)
Zones 3-8. Blue-gray foliage, white flowers on tall stalks, slow grower, but impressive plant. 4′ tall.

 
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C-

Patriot Hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’) (9)

 

Zones 3-8. Broad green leaves have a white edge,
lavender flowers in late summer. 22″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Frances Williams Hosta (Hosta ‘Frances Williams’)
Zones 3-8. Seersucker foliage is
blue-gray with gold edge, white to lavender flowers. 30″ tall.

 
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D-

Fountain Grass
(Miscanthus sinensis) (1)

 

Zones 4-8. Narrow bladed arching grass, clump form,
silver plumes in late summer and fall. 5-7′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Zones 5-9. Blue flowers spikes much of summer, fragrant silvery foliage. 4′ tall.

 
Back To Top
E-

Frosty Morn Sedum
(Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’) (8)

 

Zones 3-9. Fleshy bright green foliage is edged in white,
pink flowers late summer and fall. 18″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Big Ears (Stachys ‘Helen von Stein’)
Zones 4-9. Large silvery gray and wooly leaves. 12-18″ tall.

 
Back To Top
F-

Periwinkle (Vinca minor ‘Ralph Shugert’) (7)

 

Zones 4-9. White edged foliage, bright blue flowers
in spring. 6″ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Zones 4-8. Whorled leaf pattern, tiny fragrant flowers in spring. 6-8″ tall.

 
Back To Top
TREES AND SHRUBS
G-

Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Sea Green’) (2)

 

Zones 4-8. Mint green foliage on arching branches. 4′ tall
and wide.

 

Alternative
Plant

Russian Cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Zones 2-6. Low growing evergreen, lacy bright green foliage turns bronze
in winter. 12″ tall, 3′ wide.

 
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H-

Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides) (3)

 

Zone 2-7. Small leaves tremble in wind, greenish white bark,
yellow fall color. 60′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Whitespire Birch (Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’)
Zones 4-7. Fine textured twigs and foliage, chalky white bark, yellow fall color. 30-40′ tall.

 
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I-

Sea Foam Rose (Rosa ‘Sea Foam’) (1)

 

Zones 4-7. Recurrent blooms are white, fragrant, red rose
hips in fall. 3-4′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Annabelle Hydrangea
(Hydrangea a. ‘Annabelle’)
Zones 4-9. Large balls of white flowers much of the summer. 4′ tall and wide.

 
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J-

Snowmound Spirea
(Spirea nipponica
‘Snowmound’) (2)

 

Zones 4-8. Rounded shrub with masses of white flowers in May.
3-4′ tall and 3-4′ across.

 

Alternative
Plant

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Zones 3-7. Dainty pink flowers in mid-summer, large white berries into
winter. 5′ tall, 3-6′ across.

 
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Dense Spreading Yew (Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’) (1)

 

Zones 5-7. Dark green foliage, high tolerance to shade. 3′ tall.

 

Alternative
Plant

Holmstrup Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’)
Zones 3-8. Compact, bright green foliage. 4-5′ tall.

 
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