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Top 10 Trees That Require Almost No Maintenance

Every gardener has their preferred set of low-maintenance plants, but it might be far more strenuous to track down specimens that are attractive and, also, easy to maintain. Plants that are visually appealing but, also, can survive with little to no maintenance are referred to as “excellent performers” by the gardening community.


You don’t need to worry if you don’t have access to nutrient-rich soil, consistent feeding and watering, or adequate ventilation for your plants; they will thrive even without these factors. In this blog post PROARB CANTERBURY’s top tree services specialist in Christchurch has enlisted 10 such highly-demanding plants known for the aforementioned characteristics in New Zealand. Keep reading and let us know your thoughts.


1. Flaxes

It isn’t too easy to locate plants with more visually appealing leaves than these natives of New Zealand, which have managed to gain popularity across the globe, pretty much seen in contemporary gardens.


The modern varieties, such as the Phormium ‘Amazing Red’, produce a spectacular display when combined with a diverse assortment of plants, such as the flowering perennials and grasses shown in the image. Flaxes are not sensitive about the type of soil they grow in as long as it is not very wet or dry.


To keep your flax clumps looking their best, remove the old leaves. You can speak to our expert tree care specialist in Christchurch before you decide to make a purchase because different species of plants have different levels of frost resistance.

2. Dietes irioides

During the course of the summer season, these resilient perennials, which are often referred to as wild iris, produce their eye-catching blooms occasionally for extended periods of time. They do well in coastal, contemporary, or cottage gardens because of their resistance to pests and drought, as well as the fact that they are not finicky about the soil and can withstand frost.


As far as light conditions, they do well in direct sunlight or partial shade. Plant in vast clusters to provide the best possible benefit.


Dietes irioides generally only require splitting of overgrown clumps in early spring.

3. Day lilies

It doesn’t matter if the soil is dry or wet, if the plants are kept under full sun or partial shade, these flowering perennials will still put on a show. A well-established clump can yield up to 70 flowers and plants, and it will frequently flower continuously from spring till late summer. Choose evergreen varieties so that you can take joy in the lint-like foliage throughout the entire year.


The vast majority of daylilies can withstand frost and are resistant to disease, however they are occasionally subject to attack by snails.

4. Bromeliads

There are many, many different kinds of bromeliads. Some of them can withstand a great amount of sunlight, while others favour a little bit of shade. Additionally, there are bromeliads that can withstand light frosts. They can range from the minuscule tillandsia to enormous species such as the Vriesea imperialis in both colour and size.


Both the leaves and flowers of bromeliads look quite magnificent and both are given equal importance. They are simple to grow and don’t even require soil; all that is needed to secure the roots is bark stones or something similar.


During dry spells, keep the “vase” or “urn” in the centre of the bromeliads filled with water, and feed them with an organic foliar spray.

5. Canna lilies

The colourful flowers on the long branches of the Canna lilies make for a striking display when they are fully-bloomed, especially when planted in large clusters, so it’s impossible to not see them!


Planting cannas on soil, rich in nutrients and with high moisture content in the summer, is best for their growth. The clumps of this plant are perfect for warm, sunny subtropical gardens since they may grow to a height of over a metre and produce highly attractive green, bronze, or variegated leaves, as seen in the Canna variety known as Tropicanna.


Prune clusters in the fall and apply mulch in areas where the temperature is lower. If you live in a place that is prone to frost, you should dig out the rhizomes in the winter and store them in a cool dry place.

6. Aquilegia

These perennials are favourites in cottage gardens due to the delicate bell-shaped blooms that come in a variety of colours including white, yellow, red, pink, blue, and purple. They are also frequently known as columbine and granny’s bonnet (above). Aquilegia is a plant whose lovely rosettes are formed by the ferny foliage, which dies back over the winter. It is resistant to frost and may survive in either full sun or partial shade (in warm areas).


Tree services specialists in Christchurch suggest that if an Aquilegia is allowed to self-seed, you may have to remove some seedlings from your garden.

7. Hylotelephium spectabile

The pink flowering ‘Autumn Joy’ is the most well-known cultivar in this group of clumping herbaceous perennials, although new variants are constantly being developed and introduced. It’s best to plant Hylotelephium spectabile in large groups so that you can get the most out of its gorgeous flower clusters and its meaty, green grey leaves.


It can withstand both cold and dry conditions, and it grows best in soil that drains well and is in full sun.


When it’s the Fall season, cut it down to the ground so that it’ll have a fresh and clearer appearance throughout the winter.

8. Carpet roses

The blooms of these groundcover roses come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, red, amber, and yellow, and new variations are always being introduced. They are not susceptible to diseases, bloom for an extended period of time, and can tolerate dry spells.


Cutting back carpet roses is only a few quick snips with the hedge clippers. During their first year, plants should receive consistent watering.

9. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas, which were once referred to as a “Nanna” flower, are now commonly found in modern gardens and florist shops all over the world. There are many different species of hydrangea, but one of the groupings that is grown the most frequently is the mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), which has a wide variety of cultivars.


Hydrangeas tend to do just fine with little to no maintenance at all, and in some places they may even grow wild. However, they will give you their best display if the soil they are planted in is fertile and they are given plenty of water.

10. Ceanothus

This lovely shrub, also known as Californian lilac, is available in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from dwarf varieties to those that may reach heights of more than two metres. In the late spring and throughout the summer, depending on the variety, the shrubs produce abundant clusters of blooms in either blue or pink.


Evergreen species require less trimming than deciduous types, but the latter are typically better able to withstand strong winds and freezing temperatures.


We hope that this blog post helped solve your query on the kind of plants you can plant in your house or backyard. If you still have more concerns or are looking for an all-rounder in tree care services in Christchurch, feel free to get in touch with us today!