Guide to low-maintenance gardening

From low-water plants to simple projects, our guide to easy gardening will make a green thumb out of anyone

30 easy gardening tips & projects

Discover quick fixes and easy, manageable projects to transform your garden

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Warm up a bed
Tish Treherne

Warm up a bed

A flaming Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ arches over this border on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Beneath its canopy, Heuchera ‘Blackout’ repeats the tree’s red highlights and adds punch beside a pale green sedum and coppery Carex flagellifera. The filler plants, listed belowt, add contrasts of color, texture, and scale.

  • Hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa). Fine-­textured grass sports airy clouds of pale yellow-green flowers in summer. It grows 1 to 2 feet high and wide.
  • Japanese sweet flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’). Small, grasslike perennial, 1 foot high, has golden yellow, narrow leaves.
  • Spirea (S. japonica ‘Goldflame’). Foliage on this upright deciduous shrub starts out bronze but matures to yellowish green, turning reddish orange in fall. It grows to 2 1/2 feet high and wide.

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