Avoid the Annuals
Many homeowners absolutely love planting annuals each year. Annual plantings are beautiful and add great variety to your landscape as you can switch up what you plant each year. However, if you are looking for a low-maintenance landscape, annual flowers are not your friend.
Not only do you need to make a trip to your local garden store, prepare planters or the ground area you plan to plant, dig holes and plant each flower, mulch around the ground plantings, water like crazy, deadhead when needed, and then remove them, the cost for annual flower plantings adds up quickly too.
Instead, try investing in perennial plantings. They can offer a great color variety and beautiful blooms, all while cutting your yearly labor to nearly zero. While they may cost a little more upfront, you can install them in stages to save your budget.