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Low-maintenance plants are a great choice if you don't want to spend too much time tending to your garden. Here are the best plants for creating an attractive garden that's also easy to care for.

Native plants

Australia has a beautiful and unique range of native plants which are also hardy and require minimal attention. Just keep in mind your location and climate when choosing the most suitable native plant for your garden. Westringia 'Funky Chunky', Philotheca 'Cascade of Stars' and callistemon species are three good choices.

Succulents and cacti

Succulents and cacti are great choices for a low-maintenance garden because they can tolerate hot temperatures and require minimal watering. We recommend:

  • Aeonium arboretum (‘Zwartkop')
  • Portulaca grandiflora
  • Senecio mandraliscae
  • Crassula campfire
  • Echeveria species

Living mulch

Another great option is a groundcover that will reduce water usage and stop weeds growing. Rest assured, the following plants look far more interesting than plain old mulch.

  • Grevillea 'Bronze Rambler' or 'Poorinda Royal Mantle'
  • Myoporum parvifolium
  • Cerastium tomentosum
  • Scaevola aemula

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Cottage garden plants

'Avonview' lavender and Rosemary officinalis are both tough shrubs that can thrive with very little care and attention. They can be used as a hedge, feature plant or as a potted specimen. Other popular low-maintenance cottage style plants include the Brachyscome multifida and the Argyranthemum frutescens.

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Modern garden plants

Cordyline 'Burgundy Spire' can add a modern touch to your garden with its long, dark, strap leaf foliage providing a great contrast to a green hedge or fence. Other hardy plants that look great in a contemporary garden include:

  • Dietes grandiflora
  • Lomandra longifolia
  • Philodendron 'Xanadu'
  • Cycads

There are plenty of plants to choose from when it comes to setting up your low-maintenance garden. If you choose wisely, you should be able to just sit back, relax and let nature take its course.

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