Curb appeal is important for any community. A well-maintained property looks great on your social media, in your brochures, and – most importantly – during tours with prospective residents. Landscaping is worth investing in, but you want to make sure you make smart choices that last. Easy plants are plants that are low-maintenance, sturdy, long-lasting, and still have the ability to catch the eye. If you’re planning to invest into your community landscaping this spring, a few easy plants you may want to incorporate into your design plan are:

  • Abelia – Abelia Kaleidoscope is a small shrub that tops out at about 2 to 3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at full maturity, so it works well in small, landscaped areas, in front of buildings, or along edges of a property. It’s able to tolerate shade to full sun and its drought tolerant throughout the year, so you can truly plant it anywhere and you don’t have to worry much when it comes to upkeep throughout the year. One of the most interesting and attractive aspects of Abelia Kaleidoscope is that it changes color throughout the year, giving a different look in spring, summer, and fall. This shrub is weather hardy in zones 6 through 10.
  • Lorolpetalum Shrub – A little bigger than the Abelia is the Lorolpetalum Shrub at about 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. These do need a few hours of sunlight per day, but a full day of direct sunlight isn’t necessary. They’re otherwise extremely low maintenance in zones 7 through 10. One special aspect of this plant is that they tend to retain their foliage all throughout the year, giving your landscape a touch of color even during the winter.
  • Buddleia Shrub – If you’re looking to attract butterflies to your community landscapes, there’s no better choice than the Buddleia Shrub. Some varieties do take some occasional pruning thanks to their wild growth patterns, but they require little additional maintenance. The “Miss Molly” type has a more compact growth habit, grows to about 4 to 5 feet tall, and features stunning purple to red flowers. They’re simple to prune and hardy in zones 5 through 9.

Bringing interest and curb appeal to your community could be as simple as a few landscaping choices this season. To learn more about bringing attention to your community space, contact us at