Shrubs are a crucial part of landscaping because they create a smooth transition from larger elements like trees to smaller elements such as flowers.
They unify the space, can act as a ground cover, and, when placed strategically, can direct traffic.
However, many people make the mistake of choosing plants strictly by looks, which is not exactly practical.
Having beautiful plants is great, but not when you have to spend a lot of time on maintenance. And if any require more maintenance than you would like, call a tree and shrub care specialist for more help!
Below are eleven eye-catching, low-maintenance, trouble-free shrubs that don’t require constant pruning or clean-up once established.
American Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
Boxwood shrubs have uniform green leaves and also produce small white flowers in the spring. They are tough, dependable year-round shrubs and are very easy to care for.
Sunshine Ligustrum (Ligustrum sinense)
Sunshine Ligustrum is a sterile, non-invasive species that will not reseed into the landscape because it doesn’t even bloom! Additionally, it is easy to care for and is deer- and pest-resistant.
Wax Leaf Ligustrum (Ligustrum japonicum)
Wax Leaf Ligustrum is an attractive, waxy-leaved shrub grown primarily as a low-maintenance hedging plant. Once established, this type of shrub can handle most growing conditions as long as it is well-drained. This is a great hedge for a low-maintenance wall due to its thick, dense leaves.
Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)
Rosemary requires little care and can be pruned as often as desired for culinary or ornamental purposes. However, experts advise removing no more than one-third of the foliage at a time.
Purple Diamond Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense)
Purple Diamond Loropetalum has dark purple foliage for the majority of the year but blooms with vibrant pink flowers in the spring. They are extremely low-care shrubs but can be pruned after blooming to reduce their size. Just make sure to prune in the spring after they have bloomed to avoid cutting off flower buds.
Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta)
Dwarf Burford Holly is a low-maintenance plant that can tolerate both wet and dry conditions. It has dark green leaves and bright red berries, making it an aesthetically pleasing addition to any landscape design.
Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
The upkeep of Red Yucca is simple. Older leaves on established plants eventually die and fall to the ground. The only maintenance required is the removal of dead flower stalks.
Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
Abelia grandiflora is a hybrid of Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora. It is a rounded, spreading, multi-stemmed honeysuckle shrub that is ideal for a Texas landscape. It is highly resilient and adaptive to a range of climates, soil types, and even neglect.
Texas Mountain Laurel (Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)
The Texas Mountain Laurel is a hardy native shrub that is an excellent addition to any Texas landscape. This shrub is drought tolerant once established, which makes it easy to maintain.
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
Texas Sage is a woody evergreen shrub that doesn’t mind rocky soil and doesn’t require fertilizing. It is low maintenance and doesn’t need supplemental water once it is established.
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
American Beautyberry is a low-maintenance shrub that will definitely bring some beauty to your yard. Allowing this shrub to spread and grow without much pruning is best. However, it may behoove you to prune it back to about a foot above the ground at the end of winter. This will allow it to grow more compactly.
Tree & Shrub Care with Gecko Green
Hopefully, this article gave you some ideas to make your Texas landscape aesthetically pleasing with little maintenance so that you can enjoy your yard more than tending to it.
Additionally, although you do not typically encounter issues with pests in the majority of these shrubs, if you’d like assistance with routine maintenance, Gecko Green is happy to help!
Our Tree & Shrub Care program keeps trees and shrubs strong and healthy, increasing their longevity.