The fastest and easiest way to a big impact garden with little to no effort, is to go shrub.

Whether you need a garden that’s a little easier to maintain, you’re busy and feel overwhelmed by your backyard, or you just don’t want the hassle, the humble shrub is the plant you need.

Today we’re looking at the ultimate low maintenance shrubs. Our favourite hard-working plants that need minimal effort, for maximum gain. 

Top Tip

Go evergreen! By choosing an evergreen shrub, you’re maximising the beauty of your garden all year long. If you want the ultimate in no-hassle gardening, simply filling your borders with evergreens is the smart way to go.

If you want a little more interest and magic in your garden and you’re prepared to put in a little bit of effort, then opt for a selection of shrubs that flower at different times of the year. Planting a mix of evergreens, spring flowering, and summer flowering shrubs, means you’ll have everything you need to keep your garden looking great year after year. 


Putting in a bit of hard work before you actually plant up your new shrubs, means minimal effort later on. You want to try to create the ideal growing conditions make sure you break up compacted soil before you start planting. Follow this with a good layer of well-rotted compost, then add a decent amount of topsoil. Finish this off with some good quality mulch and your bed will be in tip-top condition and ready to feed your shrubs.

Feeding with a weekly liquid fertilizer and regularly topping up your borders with good quality compost really will reap rewards when it comes to beautiful blooms and foliage.

Our Top Five Faves

Our top three low maintenance shrubs are the lovely lavender, beautiful hydrangea, and the easy-going fatsia japonica. These guys are all fully hardy but lavender doesn’t really like a soggy bottom but then again, who does?

If you’re looking for something with a little more je ne sais quoi, why not check out the late summer bloomer, bluebeard. Popular with the butterfly population as well as bees, this one, formally known as Caryopteris, produces gorgeous blue flowers in clusters and can last well into the first frosts. There are a number of varieties that come with different features – you’re sure to find one that appeals to you.

If it’s a spring flowering shrub you’re after, you’d do well to invest in a variety of viburnum. Viburnum Birkwood, produces tight clusters of pinky-white flowers – similar in look to the hydrangea. They flower between April and May then produce red fruits (that should not be eaten!). Birkwood is also highly fragrant which means you get a lot of bang for your buck with this plant as well as year-round interest.

In summary, if you’re looking for ways to make your garden a lot easier to handle, then shrub planting is the way to go.

Now is a great time to get them in the ground too – what are you waiting for?!