For truly minimal to no maintenance, I would suggest some of the very realistic and natural looking "faux" landscaping plants that are now available. They will need replacement every few years, otherwise won't need attention, won't need watering, and will stay free of pests and diseases.
Now if you want to get started with some REAL gardening, that's another story! Real plants need regular care and maintenance, they have real pests and diseases, they grow and die, flower and go to seed, and just generally become part of your life. You can't put them on autopilot. It's really very rewarding, good outdoor exercise, mentally engaging, politically neutral and generally good for the Earth.
I'm glad to see you on the Gardening Forum looking into it!