Top 5 Plants for Easy Care

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Top 5 for Easy Care

Make planning your garden or landscape much easier by choosing from our list of the top 5 plants for easy care from the Southern Living Plant Collection.

Purple Diamond

1. Purple Diamond Loropetalum

Purple Diamond Loropetalum is a shrub that features bright pink blooms with lush purple foiliage. It works great in USDA zones 7-10 and enjoys full sun to part shade. Purple Diamond is easy to care for and is fast growing, just water as needed, fertilize in early spring and shape after spring bloom.

Jubilation Gardenia2. Jubilation Gardenia

Who can resist the sweet southern scent of gardenias? Jubilation is a compact shrub growing between 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Enjoy the fragrant white blooms in the spring and a reblooming period through summer and into fall. Plant Jubilation in USDA zones 7-10, water as needed and shape after spring bloom.

Delta Jazz

3. Delta Jazz Crapemyrtle - Delta Jazz’s brilliant pink blooms contrast vividly with its unique dark burgundy, cupped leaves. This versatile small tree is a stunning garden accent. Plant Delta Jazz in USDA Zones 7 - 9 and take pleasure in the beautiful blooms all summer long. Water as needed and shape after spring bloom.


Little Bonnie

4. Little Bonnie Spirea - A great dwarf spiraea for the deep South, its blue-green foliage does not “burn out” like other spiraeas. Produces profuse lavender-pink spring blooms along with sporadic blooms throughout summer. Little Bonnie works well as a border, container, groundcover or mass planting. Plant this dwarf spirae in USDA Zones 4 - 9, water as needed and fertilize in early spring.


5. Yewtopia Plum Yew - the South’s answer to English Yews! With a slightly upright, vaselike growth habit, this plum yew is heat tolerant, drought resistant, and shade loving. Use Yewtopia® where low growing hedges are needed. Plant Yewtopia in USDA Zones 6 - 9 and water as needed.


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