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7 - Low-maintenance plants
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Low-maintenance planting
Low-maintenance plants
Low-maintenance plants save you time once they are established, but you need to prepare your soil properly first, and then keep them watered until they start to grow.
Some plants can’t help making work
Herbaceous perennials need staking, tying up, deadheading, then cutting down at the end of their growing season.

Roses need annual pruning plus regular feeding and deadheading and some varieties are prone to disease.

Bedding plants and vegetables need watering in a dry summer, feeding and replanting.

Some shrubs and climbers need aftercare, so pick your type carefully. You can’t go far wrong with a mixture of shrubs, conifers and grasses if you want to cut your work down.

Ideal low-maintenance plants are the sort that look good over as long a period as possible, but don’t need a lot of fussing over.
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