Soooo I’m back! It’s been a gap longer than planned, but it was definitely worth it! 🙂 I went on a trip with family and it was the most rejuvenating trip I have undertaken in my life. Yet 😀
While there in the Himalayas, I saw such loveliness and greenery around me that it made me think about my dreary Delhi garden with mirth. However, more on what I found and managed to capture in my camera (when I could) in another post; even I don’t know the names of half of those plants I found in the wild! I also found many balconies covered in flowers in riots of colours and that made me think that while everyone likes a balcony brimming with flowers, not everyone has the patience and the time to nurture delicate flowering plants. Most of the flowering plants we buy from nurseries usually die before they even reach flowering stage. Some are meant to be trees and hardly oblige when in pots.
Hence, today’s post about low maintenance flowering plants; to solve as many of the aforementioned issues as possible. The plants I list below don’t need much in terms of maintenance and some of them are practically ‘plant and forget’ (well, apart from watering them). So let’s delve into it:
One of the most ubiquitous flowers and plants in the country. It’s called ‘Sadabahar’ because it blooms almost all year round and doesn’t need much maintenance. It also comes in many colours and is one of the best ways to bring a bit of colour on your balcony.
All you have to do is water it when the soil seems dry and it’ll be happy. If the leaves look droopy, you need to water it asap. If you see the flowers looking a tad smaller, throw in some coffee grounds or some used tea leaves and you’re sorted 🙂
A flower very important in mythology, Aparajita gets its name after one of the names of the Mother Goddess; meaning ‘the one who cannot be defeated’, because it is said to be one of the favourite flowers of the Mother Goddess. Another name of the flower is ‘Shankhpushpi’, meaning the ‘conchshell flower’, inspired by its shape.
It’s known as ‘Butterfly Pea’ or ‘Blue Pea’ in English. The flowers are available in two colours, royal blue as well as white.
It flowers very profusely all through summer and monsoons, but goes to its dormant phase in winters. However, it is a low maintenance plant; responding to water and food stimuli in the same way a Sadabahar does. Water it only when dry, and sit back and enjoy the beautiful unusually coloured deep blue flowers 🙂
Oh the beautiful sunny brightness of a Marigold! It instantly brings sunshine to any temple or wedding venue or anything it’s used so often to decorate in India 🙂 Another member of the ubiquitous brigade, Marigolds are considered very pious and befitting auspicious occasions in India. It may be due to their beautiful saffron colour, which is a very sacred and auspicious colour for the Hindus.
Taking care of a Marigold plant is not a very difficult task, as they tend to be happy anywhere. However, in the early days of bringing it home and transplanting it needs to be kept out of the sun or else it’ll wither. Once that is over, just water it whenever needed and watch it mesmerise you with some much needed summery brightness in those chilly winter months 🙂
Now what do I say about this one that I haven’t said already in almost all my posts multiple times? Flowers all year, albeit a bit lesser in the winters; comes in colours such as magenta, red, orange, yellow, purple, white and pink; needs very little water – sounds like the perfect plant to have!
You can read all about them in this post and also in this post. The gist is, however, that they need very little water to flower. Give them too much water and they tend to grow foliage and not flowers. So just give them enough water to keep them alive and enjoy the flowers 🙂
A Hibiscus plant is not only a very pretty addition to your garden, but also a great beauty elixir for you! Read all about the beauty benefits of Hibiscus and other elements of your regular garden in this post.
I have not only the Hibiscus plant but also a miniature Hibiscus, which I got very recently and it’s doing wonderfully well in its new home. Find out more about new additions to my garden here.
Put them in the sun, water them when dry, throw in tea leaves/coffee grounds occasionally (or not) – that’s all the maintenance it’s going to need. Just relax and watch it produce buds and flowers like mad!
Raat ki rani
Raat ki rani literally meaning ‘Queen of the night’ flowers at night and its lovely fragrance carries on to the night air. It’s a nocturnal plant and I’ve discussed more about nocturnals in this post.
It’s actually a tree so it needs space. Keep transplanting it to larger pots once it seems too big for its current pot, and you already know the watering directions 😉
A couple of points to remember:
- Even the low maintenance plants need water from time to time, so do look at the soil in the pot and water them when it’s dry.
- Throwing in some used tea leaves or spent coffee grounds from time to time wouldn’t hurt either 🙂
- Do notice their reaction to the sun and definitely keep them away from the harshest summer sun. In winters, however, sun is good but still watch them.
So you’re all set with your low maintenance flowering plants, go ahead and plant them and fill your balcony with lovely colours 🙂