Low Maintenance Perennials
I just read the thread on dealing with borders as we age. It's a great one, if you haven't read it. As I read, I kept asking myself, how does one define a "low maintenace" plant? And, wouldn't we love to have a list of them? Granted, this may vary some from region to region, but still, it would give us all a great place to start.
For me, a low maintenance plant is one that, once it has been planted in well amended soil and watered enough to settle in, requires little or no pruning, fertilizing, DIVIDING, or deadheading in order to look its best. Looking its best for the entire growing season is good, all four seasons is GREAT.
Here are my top five easiest plants to maintain in my southeastern heat and humidity:
Roses (the modern kinds and some antiques. Prune once a year and deadhead if you feel like it.)
Nandina domestica: four season star: Sun, shade, moist, dry. They always look great with virtually no care at all.
Crinums: Southern bulbs, many of which bloom repeatedly from mid summer to fall. They actually dislike division!