Which gardener would not like her garden swinging with colorful flowers and foliage all the year round? While this is not entirely impossible to attain, keeping a lush green garden does require a lot of time and efforts. And also to mention resources like regular water availability, fertilizers, etc.
However, if green is what your heart craves for despite the low time availability and attention, go for choosing some “cant-kill” plants that you can leave behind while travelling and still come back to see them happy and green. Choosing amongst some evergreen flowering plants available in India, or perhaps some low maintenance indoor plants or even some evergreen bushes that will not keep asking for an extra sip of water is the most practical solution to this problem.
Evergreen Outdoor Flowering Plants And Bushes For Gardens:
There is a wide variety of evergreen flowering plants and bushes or even low maintenance indoor plants that you can choose from which work well even in neglected conditions like infrequent or low water availability, need for a regular trimming, etc. Following is a list of the names and key features of some of the best plants to choose if you are seeking some low maintenance options:
Laxum or Spider Plant:
It has long leaves like the tentacles of a spider. The plant is used for ornamental purposes and produces white coloured flowers. The plant is easy to propagate and needs fewer efforts from your side to keep it growing. That said, it does not prefer direct sunlight and thrives well on shaded porches, balconies or some shaded spot in your garden.
Lycoris Radiata or Spider Lily:
This evergreen medium height plant does well in good sunny spots in your garden. The plant produces white flowers which have tentacles like petals and gives beautiful fragrance. Except for the requirement of good sun time, the plant usually does not call for much maintenance efforts. It is used for its ornamental value, both for flowers and for the glossy evergreen leaves all the year round.
Nerium or Oleander(Kaner):
This is an evergreen shrub and does well in sunny or partially shaded spots in a garden or a balcony. The plant is grown for its beautiful flowers which come in shades of White, Pink, and Red. The plant is also widely used for its medicinal benefits like diuretic properties, wound treatments, etc.
Codiaeum variegatum or Croton Gold Dust:
This plant comes with beautiful green leaves showered with a spray of yellow all over. The evergreen plant grows to a height of around 5 feet and is mostly used as an outdoor ornamental plant. Croton is a very sturdy and drought-resistant plant which can survive very low water conditions and yet thrive well.
Pleomele or Song of India:
This evergreen shrub grows to a height of 6 to 15 feet. The plant usually produces white clustered and fragrant flowers and is extremely low maintenance in nature. It is used for outdoor decorative purposes and also sometimes for its properties of purifying the air.
Aloe Vera (Ghrit Kumari):
This evergreen shrub comes with green long sharp fleshy leaves (being a succulent variety). The plant is best grown in sunny spots in your garden and does excellently well even in the most neglected conditions. The plant is a drought-resistant variety and hence is used to low water availability. It is widely known across the world for not just its ornamental purposes but also for its medicinal use.
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This beautiful evergreen shrub is a very commonly grown in India. The plant produces flowers all through the year in various colours from pink, red, white, orange to even some mixed varieties. Unlike many other flowering plants, this plant has very little water requirements and does well when left alone for the most part.
Agave or Century Plant:
This is an evergreen succulent and can grow to a height of 4-5 feet. This plant is used for ornamental purposes or even to lime some hedges. The plant is exceptionally sturdy and needs little attention in all aspects to keep looking good all the year round.
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Best Low Maintenance Evergreen Varieties For Indoors:
Dracaena or Dragon Tree:
This plant grows to a height of 6 to 10 feet and is fairly easy to grow and thrives well even in very low maintenance conditions. They do well with reduced watering frequency and are mostly kept indoors.
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Epipremnum Aureum or Money Plant:
This is one of the most popular indoor evergreen plants. It is a common household plant in India and grows in almost any condition from low water availability to even being placed in a water bottle. The plant is a climber and needs to be trained on to the required areas.
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Portulacaria Afra or Jade Plant:
This evergreen succulent can grow in both indoor and outdoor places. They are however mostly used indoors for being considered a symbol of prosperity. Being a succulent variety, this plant is habitual to survive in drought conditions and can thrive well even with low water availability and low maintenance.
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Sedum or Jelly bean plant:
It is also an evergreen succulent variety. This a wonderfully low – maintenance indoor plant. This plant is mainly used indoors or in shaded areas in hanging baskets or small containers for its ornamental beauty. The plant can survive on very infrequent watering conditions and almost calls for no other maintenance.
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Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ or Snake Plant:
Also known as “mother in law’s tongue,” this succulent evergreen plant grows to a height of 4 feet and needs almost no maintenance and very infrequent watering to keep looking beautiful all the year round.
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Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens or Yellow Butterfly Palm or Bamboo Palm:
This beautiful evergreen indoor palm is a very good option for indoor planting. It can grow up to a height of 7 feet if kept indoors. These palms do not care for overwatering and prefer slightly infrequent or low water conditions. Adding them indoors brings tropical charm to the house.
While most of the plants mentioned above call for minimal attention and do well in very low maintenance conditions like needing little water, little efforts at pruning or trimming, etc.; the key point to remember is that there is still nothing called as “no maintenance.”
Most of these plants and many others like these can sustain very harsh environmental conditions and yet keep looking lush and green all the year round. However, some small efforts like basic watering, adding fertilizers once a year, etc. will keep them looking all the more healthy and blooming. Show some love to your plants when you can, and they’ll return it in more ways than you know!