10 Plants for those with limited time

Easy plants for those with little time

Everyone wants a garden because it allows you to spend time outdoors in complete relaxation and enjoy our own portion of greenery. At the same time, after the initial enthusiasm, many become discouraged because of the great work that may be necessary. In reality, even those who have little time can have pleasant, tidy and often also livened up outdoor spaces with lasting blooms. The secret, as always, lies in careful planning. Before buying and implanting, keep in mind climate, soil and exposure. The best results are achieved with the right plant in the right place! Here are some that combine strength, beauty and low maintenance and adapt to the climate of our entire country.


These deciduous shrubs are interesting for their adaptability to various conditions: they grow both in full sun and in partial shade and are tolerant with regard to the soil. They are striking for the beautiful shape of the foliage, for the large leaves (also variegated) and the showy spring bloom, but which often occurs again in the summer. They can be left to develop freely or prune slightly in June.


One of the most widespread creepers due to its autonomy: it does not need supports and grows well with any exposure. It is ideal for quickly covering walls, but it works great even on horizontal surfaces or embankments. Among the many varieties on the market we will certainly find one that satisfies our taste: the shades of green and variegations are endless and the shape of the leaves may surprise.


The most autonomous and lasting violet cloud! The different species and varieties on the market share the extreme resistance to sun and drought in addition to the very long flowering season. The lower ones (x faassenii) are ideal as a ground cover, the higher ones ('Six Hills Giant') for hedges or mixed borders. The only intervention, not strictly necessary, is a low pruning in late spring to stimulate an amazing new growth.


The oleander, with its strength and adaptability, is capable of embellishing even the most neglected areas. Especially in open ground it is a practically autonomous shrub and its flowering lasts from June to October, especially in the southern regions. Furthermore, the single flower varieties have the advantage of being self-cleaning! The only intervention desirable, but not peremptorily, is a shortening of the apices in autumn.

Clematis montana

A not very common creeper, but which should be re-evaluated It has rapid growth and lasting and abundant flowering. It requires only a light support to wrap around (a net, a wooden trellis) and a shading of the base; prunings are completely superfluous. Some varieties (rubens) are also notable for the foliage which, in autumn, is tinged with warm nuances.


The genus includes almost 500 species of very variable succulents: we take into consideration the rustic ones. There are many on the market and they are used, depending on the habit, as a ground cover, in borders or in a rock garden. In addition to the beautiful basal foliage, they are notable for the stems and the star-shaped flowers, a great attraction for the pollinating insects. Completely autonomous.


Roses are considered beautiful, but challenging plants. This is true for the most widespread varieties, but at nurseries there are also very healthy cultivars, with prolonged flowering, even self-cleaning and with beautiful winter rose hips. The advice is to consult the catalogs looking for those classified as "landscape" or who have won the famous German ADR award.


Succulents suitable for gardens on the coasts and in the central-southern regions. Some species (American, deserts, victoriae-reginae) also live well in the North, if in a sheltered position. Splendid for their essential aesthetics that is enhanced by the rock garden or the more modern settings. They do not require interventions in full ground and only some irrigation, if in pot.


Perennial herbaceous that should not be missing in any garden: the Himalayan, sanguineum, cinereum, x cantabrigiense develop in sunny to shady exposures and, from spring, form a pleasant cushion of leaves. Often the flowering is almost continuous throughout the growing season, in bright colors from white to fuchsia to deep purple. At the most they require a spit at the end of spring.

10 Plants for those with little time: Carex

Scenic perennials suitable for creating completely autonomous flowerbeds and borders. The range of colors of the leaves is truly infinite: green, reddish, variegated in white and yellow, striated, bronze. Combined with pennisetum, festuca, stipa, phormium tenax, aloe, agave and other succulents and grasses (which in pots) we will obtain settings of great visual impact in all seasons and practically zeroed commitment.