In our recent articles “How to Create Your Own Backyard Tropical Paradise” and “Decorating a Small Space” we discussed how plants add life, color and deep textures to a space or landscape. Just like in any design or landscaping project, planting and gardening also presents many challenges and elements to consider. The myth is that plants need only water and sunlight to survive, which depending on the light is very untrue. Many plants are more sensitive to their habitats than others. Nutrients, amount of sunlight, types of water, climate and pests are all factors that affect the health of your garden. Another aspect is that many new home owners or residents in studios or apartments may not have a “green thumb” or know the basics on how to care for plants.
All of these factors often leave people thinking that they are unlucky with plants or do not have the time and patience to tend to them, when it could just be inadequate sunlight or improper climate for the particular plant they are raising. There are many plants for the home and garden that are classified as “hard to kill”, “low maintenance” or “easy plants”. These plants are often of the toughest species that are durable and can endure varying climate changes, sporadic watering, and even lack of sunlight. The following plants can help bloom life into your home and garden and still survive on days where you may be occupied with other tasks.
Often dried for potpourri or used to accent bouquets of flowers, these small white flowers can handle sunny conditions and dry to even sandy soil. When planted with other greenery or in bunches, the white clusters of flowers add quite the delicate accent.
Often seen in hand lotions and sunblock, Aloe is quite known for it's healing properties in which it possesses within it's leaves. Easy to maintain, Aloe grows with thick leaves that are reminiscent of the textures on cactus. Having this plant not only adds a visual dynamic to any space, but it also provides a convenient source for Aloe Vera to treat cuts, burns and scrapes.
Ivy (English, Persian, Irish)
Ivy is one of the easiest plants to grow and take care of. There are many types of Ivy that vary in color, vine thickness and leaf texture but the most popular ones are have the "bird footed" style leaf. Add a trellis or structure to have your Ivy grow along it. The best thing about Ivy is that it does not need that much water, so don't over water it, and it thrives in low sunlight.
Vibrant in color, these beautiful flowers love swampy, wet and boggy areas. For climates in which have plentiful rainfall or constant ground moisture, these plants are perfectly suited for ditches, streams or even in a garden pond.
These unique plants bloom a flowers that are striking in color and texture and can instantly add life to any backyard. Their ideal environment has plenty of sun. One of the benefits of this plant is how strong it roots into the ground, gardeners often plant the Globe Thistle to combat soil erosion. So once planted and rooted, these beauties will prove resilient against wind.
This lush fern will add bountiful texture to your backyard, and instantly livens up any landscape. Highly versatile, this plant adapts to most environments and grows vibrantly in shade and dry soil.
There is a frequent misconception that Cacti are only still trunks covered prickly spikes, but many bloom flowers and have beautiful structures. These plants can live with very little water and in extremely dry or hot settings. For those that live in areas that lack rainfall, these drought resistant plants will give you a green and textured landscape and save you money on watering.
The California Poppy
For such a delicate and elegant flower, it is amazing that these flowers can thrive in poor soils, extreme sun and heat. Typically seen in meadows, because of their vibrant color, they can also add a tropical and exotic element to any backyard.
Although all plants have tendencies and things they require to be grow healthy, these among many other plants are easy to tend for and still deliver a beautiful element to your home and garden.