Overview

Once their root systems are well established, plants in this garden require little maintenance. In the fall, we clean and mulch to add nutrients to the soil and keep weeds down. In the spring, a bit of weeding is needed, but by summer, the foliage is so dense that very few weeds appear. Watering can also be kept to a minimum except during periods of drought.

Easy Care Garden Plant List

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon nameTreeNative
0Taxus baccataEnglish yew, common yew*
1Cornus kousa 'Ruby Slipper'Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Kousa dogwood*
2Crocosmia masoniorum 'Lucifer'crocosmia, montbretia
3Fuchsia coralinafuchsia
4Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple'coral bells, alumroot
5Polemonium caeruleumJacob's ladder
6Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'dwarf red-leaf Japanese barberry
7Helleborus orientalishellebore, lenten rose
8Cotinus coggygria 'Acton'golden spirit smoke bush*
9Cotinus coggygria 'Purpureus'smoke tree*
10Paeonia lactifloraherbaceous peony
11Thalictrum aquilegifoliumcolumbine meadow rue
12Nandina domestica 'Compacta'heavenly bamboo
13Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy', 'Herbstfreude'stonecrop
14Acanthus mollisbear's breeches
15Hydrangea quercifoliaoakleaf hydrangea
16Hydrangea macrophyllalace cap hydrangea
17Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'pee gee hydrangea
18Lychnis coronariadusty miller, rose campion
19Dicentra spectabiliscommon bleeding heart*
20Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba', 'Pantaloons'white bleeding heart
21Perovskia atriplicifoliaRussian sage
22Alchemilla mollislady's mantle
23Crocus minimusspecies crocus
24Eremurus 'Cleopatra'foxtail lily, desert candle
25Geranium 'Biokovo'cranesbill
26Weigela florida 'Variegata'variegated weigela
27Sedum albumwhite stonecrop*
28Tulipatulip
29Narcissusdaffodil
30Lavateramallow
31Borago officinalisborage*
32Anemone hupehensisJapanese anemone
33Astilbeastilbe
34Abeliophyllum distichumpink forsythia
35Chrysanthemum maximumShasta daisy
36Veronica americanaspeedwell*
37Aquilegia formosawestern columbine*
38Phlomis russelianaJerusalem sage
39Galium
40Helianthus laetiflorussunflower