The Benefits of Nature

Being in and around nature has significant benefits for our health. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, a 20-minute stroll in nature has been shown to elevate happiness, increase alertness, and improve mood. Additionally, being in nature has even been linked to increased compassion.

If you are looking to do some home improvement in the yard, it is a good idea to look for the right types of plants. Plants make or break a yard. You can do all you want to have a beautifully manicured lawn, but the lawn and home, void of trees, shrubs, and other plants, is a bit bland.

As of 2017, about one third (117 million) Americans did some sort of home gardening or planting of plants. If you are looking to improve the look of your home, you are in the right crowd.

Top Low Maintenance Yard Plants

The Barberry Shrub: Scientifically known as the Berberis thunbergii, this shrug looks great and is deer-resistant! So if you live in an area near mountains or hills that are full of dear, use the Barberry to surround other plants and keep the deer away. This is also a great foundation plant for increased home security because of its thorny stems. Planting around the foundation of the home, especially around the base of windows, can deter unwanted guests. Plants like this shrub are also drought-tolerant, meaning they don't require a significant amount of time and water to keep maintained. The Barberry grows into a bright orange color that turns chartreuse throughout the season. At full size, it will be around 3 or 4 feet high and wide. These shrubs require minimal pruning and will come back after even the harshest winters.

Hawthorn Trees: Native to many parts of the United States, hawthorns are great backyard trees. Even if you don't have a green thumb, these trees can be a great addition to any yard. With deep purple and red leaves in the fall, the springtime will see a Hawthorn sporting beautiful white flowers, followed by orange-red fruits. Make sure Hawthorns are planted in full sun and well-drained garden soil.

Smoke Trees: Also known as Continus coggygria, Smoke trees can be tailored to grow into large shrubs or small trees - all based on how they are trimmed. With deep red-purple leaves that turn scarlet in the fall, these trees give an airy, smokey beauty to the yard. They are also sometimes known as "chalk berry trees" because of the small purple seed clusters that taste a bit like chalk in your mouth (not recommended to eat!). They also come in many varieties, the Royal Purple being one of the most popular. Smoke trees require being planted in full sun and can reach up to 15 feet high and 12 feet wide if desired.

Peony Flower: These are one of the most popular spring flowers because of their beautiful look and fragrance. There are many different colors of peony that all compliment each other very well (white, pink, rose, and red). Peonies should be planted in the spring or fall. Typically they should be planted about 2 inches deep in colder areas and 1 inch deep in warm regions. It is recommended to use compost or other organic matter to help fertilize peonies, however, the maintenance is very low as far as plants go.

Decorative Feather Reed Grass: Using decorative grasses can add a good variety to the color of a landscape and provide it with additional "movement." Feather reed grass is a reddish-brown color with feather-like stalks that turn to golden brown in the autumn. This grass needs full sun or light shade in areas with very hot summers. Once it has taken root, feather reed grass is one of the most hearty of plants and is fairly drought resistant. Typically stalks will reach 18 to 24 inches high, though some can be cultivated to reach up to 6 feet in height!

There are plenty of low maintenance plants around to get you started. Even if you aren't a green thumb, come on by to get some great Oregon plants for your next yard renovation. We would love to help you pick out plants that meet your homes needs.