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Easy Garden Landscaping Plants

Updated on March 21, 2014

Easy Flower Garden Centerpiece for Your Lawn

I created this garden to have a natural, woodsy look and feel while being easy to grow and maintain. Seen here are wild yarrow, wild purple daisies, yellow snap dragons combined with strawberry plants, blueberry plants, iris and allum among others
I created this garden to have a natural, woodsy look and feel while being easy to grow and maintain. Seen here are wild yarrow, wild purple daisies, yellow snap dragons combined with strawberry plants, blueberry plants, iris and allum among others | Source

Garden View Image

A view of the centerpiece garden from the living room window.
A view of the centerpiece garden from the living room window. | Source

Daisy, Basket of Gold, and Other Natural Landscape Elements

This raised bed was made from rocks, pebbles, pieces of wood, and a few glass beads.
This raised bed was made from rocks, pebbles, pieces of wood, and a few glass beads. | Source

Easy Plants for Landscaping

Great Garden Activity: Take Photos of Your Garden

By taking photos of your garden in its early stages, as well as in its mature stage, you will end up with a handy, visual reference guide that you can review in the early spring when you are trying to figure out which new growth is a weed or a plant you want to keep.

There was a summer when I kept thinking this weed was going to turn into a beautiful flower. It turned out that I had pulled the flower and ever so lovingly cultivated a weed. Had I taken some photos the year before, I wouldn't have spent two more years pulling milkweed from all the seeds that went flying around in the fall after my mistaken-identification debacle.

Low-Maintenance Landscaping Approach Produces Great Results

While this garden will always be a work in progress, I did have a goal of creating lushness that would not be high maintenance. I wanted to plant it once, and then be able to enjoy it for several years before having to change things up.

This meant that choosing the right plants was a crucial aspect of my plan from the beginning. Because I live in an area that can have very cold temperatures in the winter and blazing hot summer months, I began with hopes of creating garden color and texture that would last for years and not die out from exposure to temperature extremes.

In looking for plants, I found that many of the traditional plants found in most gardens in this geographical area are here for a reason. They are hardy plants standing up well to both cold and hot weather.

Because I wanted to create landscape that would be long lasting, full of color and texture, and not require a lot of moving and reworking once it was in, I knew the older varieties of tried and true plants would be the best choice for garden longevity.

My next challenge was to do something that would look unique instead of planting and using these plants in the same old way that you see in garden after garden. I decided to try for a look that would be similar to what a person would see in a woodland park. Earthy, natural, but groomed and colorful, too.

Some Perennial and Annual Plants in this Garden (Photo Above)

Garden Plants
How They Grow
Yarrow (Both wild and domestic).
Wild yarrow in this area is usually white. Domestic yarrow can be found in yellow, white, pink, reddish orange and peach.
Daisies
Some varieties grow as tall as 3 to 5 feet. Others top out around 18 inches.
Purple Wild Daisies
Love the sun. Grow up to around 18 inches. Perennial. Spread at root.
Yellow Snap Dragon
These plants will survive the winter if it doesn't get too cold. Otherwise they can be grown by seed or purchasing seedlings. Variety of Colors.
All of these plants can be placed in close proximity in the garden.

Unique Rock Garden

The photo above is called the Gravel Pit Garden around the house. It took a couple of years for it to finally start looking good. The wild flower seed mix I sprinkled over the gravel had too many different types of seed and many of them struggled to grow in the rocky soil. The poppies, larkspur, and bachelor buttons are the three that seemed to adapt to this environment.

Landscape Rock With Flowers

I call this the Gravel Pit Garden. The area between the street and sidewalk was filled with rust colored landscape rock. I sprinkled some wild flower seed and added the lamb's ear, which will spread and become a striking ground cover.
I call this the Gravel Pit Garden. The area between the street and sidewalk was filled with rust colored landscape rock. I sprinkled some wild flower seed and added the lamb's ear, which will spread and become a striking ground cover. | Source

Garden Plants in the Photo Above

Type of Plant
How it Grows
Poppy
Grows by seed and can be a perennial. Will shift or spread a little season to season.
Lamb's Ear
This plant likes sun, but also likes part shade. Spreads by seed and by root. Perennial.
Larkspur
Comes back from seed. Likes full sun.
These plants were hardy enough to thrive in a rock garden. The did receive adequate water, however.

Larkspur in Rock Garden

This larkspur plant is thriving in the Gravel Pit Garden.
This larkspur plant is thriving in the Gravel Pit Garden. | Source

Landscape With Common Garden Plants

Photos of June Garden in the Rain

On a rainy day in June, I wanted to be outside. It was about 68 degrees outside with no wind, and the rain was coming down steady, but not hard. I decided to go take some pictures of my garden while the leaves carried raindrops and the colors were deep and true.

Common Plants Make Great Landscaping Tools

As I was walking around my yard, I began to realize that my common garden plants had become works of art in their own right. None of the plants in my yard are exotic. Most of them are starts from my mother's and my sister's gardens. I just switched things around in a non-traditional way.

Several years ago, I was living in a space that had a very small garden area. I planted both flowers and vegetables together in the space with an eye toward how it would look when the plants were mature.

Now my home has more space to garden, but I still like the way things look when I create a sort of mash-up of fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs.

Rhubarb used in Landscaping

This rhubarb plant makes a nice landscape element. This rhubarb likes partial shade, but also likes the sun. It seems to like a fair amount of water when the stalks are getting big.
This rhubarb plant makes a nice landscape element. This rhubarb likes partial shade, but also likes the sun. It seems to like a fair amount of water when the stalks are getting big. | Source

Easy Growing Plants

Flower garden in the rain. Blue bachelor buttons, yellow and orange calendulas, sunflower, fountain and pond.
Flower garden in the rain. Blue bachelor buttons, yellow and orange calendulas, sunflower, fountain and pond. | Source

Create a lush, woodsy landscape with raspberry bushes.

Raspberries are easy to grow and add height, color, texture, and color to your garden while saving you money on groceries.
Raspberries are easy to grow and add height, color, texture, and color to your garden while saving you money on groceries. | Source

Berries can be Used as Landscape Tools

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Common Plants  
How They Grow  
Raspberries
My raspberries seem to grow the best when they get a little shade each day from the hot sun. If transplanting, dig up the starts very early in the spring, just after the canes start leafing out. Clip back long canes to a height not more than one foot a day or two before digging.
Blue Berries
Usually like 6 or so hours of sun each day. Give plenty of water while berries are on.
A table of common and traditional flowers, fruits, and vegetables and growing tips.

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Save Money on Groceries by Growing Raspberries

Ripening raspberries still on the vine. Raspberries are ripe and ready to pick when they are a deep purple and soft to the touch.
Ripening raspberries still on the vine. Raspberries are ripe and ready to pick when they are a deep purple and soft to the touch. | Source

A Kitchen Garden

Thyme and leaf lettuce can be used as landscaping elements as well as ingredients in your favorite dish.
Thyme and leaf lettuce can be used as landscaping elements as well as ingredients in your favorite dish. | Source

From Kitchen Garden to the Table

I like to keep a few plants by the back door for use in everyday cooking. I grow such plants as green onions, or bunching onions as they are sometimes called, parsley (mostly for garnishes), chives for color and cooking ingredients, thyme for the occasional need, and lettuce for salad filler and for garnish. This is what I call my Kitchen Garden.

These plants can all add drama and dimension to your outdoor space.

Create your own kitchen garden by planting a small plot or several planters with staples you use often, like onions, carrots, garlic and other handy ingredients for cooking.

Lettuce and Onions in the Kitchen Garden

Black Simpson lettuce and green bunching onions came up from seed from the season before to create a bright sweep of color.
Black Simpson lettuce and green bunching onions came up from seed from the season before to create a bright sweep of color. | Source

Parsley, Carrots and Lettuce Compete With Milk Weed

The milk weed is in the lower right corner of the photo. Can you identify it?
The milk weed is in the lower right corner of the photo. Can you identify it? | Source

Thank You for Reading!

The goal of this Hub is to inspire people to experiment and have fun with their garden projects. I am no expert when it comes to gardening. Sometimes my ideas work out really well, and other times they do not. Still, this is an activity that brings me joy and a way to unplug, decompress, and enjoy the fruit of my labor.

Let me know if you enjoyed this hub, and please feel free to offer suggestions on how it could be made better.

Thanks again :) Nancy

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    Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

    Hi! Yes I did. All I used for garden tools really, were a small spade type of shovel a yard rake with metal tines, and a tiny fan rake. It took some work to get it there, but now it is very easy maintenance. I have to do a little weeding a couple times in the spring, and then again in the fall, but the rest of the time it pretty much takes care of itself. Thank you for the kind words :)

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    yes, your garden is a success compare to mine. I love our lettuce. Did you plant on the garden bed from start?

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    Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

    Hello! Thank you for stopping by. You are too Kind!!! :)

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    Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

    That garden looked great last year. However, a foot injury kept me from maintaining it and this spring there was too much grass growing in with the little lavender flowers, so I had to take them out. I put in some new perennials, so it looks nice, but not quite the same. Thank you for stopping by and reading my work. I look forward to reading yours.

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    RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

    Great advice/ideas start to finish. Thanks for sharing your gardening with us!

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    Catherine Tally 3 years ago from Los Angeles

    Hi Nancy,

    Great tip on photographing a new garden in stages. It's good strategy and also fun to look back at the babies that have become mature foundation plants! I've enjoyed your photographs and the creative ways you've beautifully integrated edibles and flowering perennials. Love the woodland-style beds- just lovely! Thanks for sharing-

    Cat :)

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you, iguidenetwork! This year, things came out pretty good. It is fun to dig in the dirt and to create beauty, texture, and harmony in my back yard. If I can be of any help with your gardening adventure, you know where to find me, lol!

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    iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

    All of your plants are an evidence of how good you are at gardening and landscaping. I guess you inspire me to get my hands dirty and plant some beautiful and useful plants. Great hub. Voted up and useful.

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you for your kind words, billybuck. Perennial plants make everything so much easier. Less work once they are in. And there is the added bonus of being able to divide the plants after a couple years. Then you have lots of free starts to expand your garden or give away to friends :)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great information and a lovely garden for sure. We are in the slow process of tearing out lawn and making a perennial garden. These suggestions will be helpful. Thank you!

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you, Rajan Jolly... It is fun to experiment with gardening ideas. The thing I like about gardening is that if something doesn't come out quite right, which happens every so often, I can move things around or try something new. :)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    You have a beautiful garden and you have inspired me to improve on my garden with some useful suggestions. Thanks.

    Voted up and beautiful.

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you for your support and kind words. It is practical in that parts of it are edible, and now that it is in, I really don't have to do much maintenance other than mowing. Until I start the next project! :)

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    We have had some rain here in the Pacific Northwest, but generally we still see a lot of sun here. Our springs seem to be longer and darker, and our falls seem to be warmer and longer. Happy Hubbing :0)

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    A beautiful and very practical garden!...great tips, I love all the photos. Great hub.

    Voting up all the way.

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    Christine 4 years ago from Dublin

    Yes Nancy it is indeed raining here in Ireland. We seem to be getting more and more rain as each year goes by, our 'Summers' seem to have passed us by the last 4-5 years. 'Global Warming' ! Who Knows..

    I do feel sorry for the parents who have young children though (mine are grown up) as it is hard to entertain them for the 2-3 months they are off during the Summer from school. There was a time you could bring them to the beach for the day but now unfortunately going to the beach is a rare event.

    Hopefully we will get a bit of good weather this year :-)

    Garlic Angel

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you for stopping by and for the very kind words. :)

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    erinshelby 4 years ago from United States

    I like how robust and red the mulch is in contrast to the lettuce... and the thyme is quite lovely!

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    Nancy Owens 4 years ago from USA

    Hi Garlic Angel! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this hub. Is it really rainy in Dublin this time of year?

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    Christine 4 years ago from Dublin

    That is a Beautiful garden. Gardening is hard work but it is also very rewarding. Keep up the good work.

    Garlic Angel