The Q&A Archives: Best Low Maintenance Plants

Question: We have recently expanded our front garden area. This area faces west and has very shade in the aft. I would like to add a hedge along the back against the house and step it down into year round flowering plants in yellows and orange. The area curves out at one end. What kind of an anchor plant or palm would compliment the area? I live in Orlando, Fl. Thanks!

Answer: Some easy care, low maintenance, drought tolerant suggestions for shrubs include American holly, Allamanda, Firecracker Plant, Rusty Lyonia, Tarflower Firebush, Simpson Stopper, Texas Sage, Orange Jasmine, Frangipani, Beautyberry, Natal Plum (Carissa), Podocarpus, Poinciana, Seagrape, Powderpuff, Plumbago, Golden Dewdrop, Florida Privet, Croton, Juniper and Yaupon Holly. Perennials to consier include Chinese Fountain Grass, Spider Lily, Amaryllis, Porterweed, Twinflower, Dwarf Natal Plum (Carissa), Gazania, Gaillardia, Cone Flower, Beach Sunflower, Coontie Muhly Grass, African Iris, Bush Daisy, Coreopsis, Quailberry, and Perennial Peanut. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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