These are the top low maintenance winter plants for gardening beginners

Heart health, brain health and stress-relief are all benefits of gardening, which is why the outdoor hobby is being recommended as a great, healthy New Year’s resolution for 2023.

Novice gardeners are often looking for the most low-maintenance flowers to plant, which is why outdoor experts at have revealed their top trouble-free plants for those who are keen to add colour into their gardens in the new year.

Among the suggested plants are heather and primroses, which work great for gardeners aiming for minimal effort when it comes to looking after new crops and flowers.

A spokesperson from Garden Buildings Direct said: “When it comes to setting new year’s resolutions for January, nothing is better than setting realistic and attainable goals.

“Although it may seem like a big ask for many, adding more foliage and flowers into your outdoors spaces requires little effort and yields high reward – and it is all down to the flowers you choose to plant.

“This is why we wanted to share our favourite low maintenance plants and flowers, loved by novice experienced gardeners alike to brighten up gardens in the new year.”

Here are the top six low maintenance plants from Garden Buildings Direct:

These bright flowers offer large blooms and year-round beauty to those who plant them. They are drought and slug-resistant, making them super easy to look after for novice and experienced gardeners alike. Peonies bloom in the same spot for decades so offer years of beauty.

Winter aconites
Loved by pollinating insects and super easy to care for, these winter flowers are great for beginners. They do not need pruning, but will require semi-regular watering in the spring time if the season is dry and warm.

This resilient plant is a must have for winter and can be planted in pots to make it super simple for gardening beginners. Some cyclamen varieties must be planted indoors, so make sure to go for hederifolium or coum varieties for sprucing up outdoor pots.

Hardy and full of colour, primroses can bring life into gardens through all weather conditions. As well as being low maintenance, these flowers are also low cost and are readily available for many. They flower from February to April, making them the perfect flower to get planting in winter.

Heathers are low maintenance bushes which offer lots of colour and texture to your garden. Heather is a great option for those wanting to attract wildlife and bees. Prune every so often and make sure to consider spacing when planting, as the foliage will need space to bloom.

Iris reticulata
This variety of the Iris is one of the first to flower in late winter and is ideal for planting in pots or as borders. Planting in winter will ensure a big display of blooms for spring. They grow well in part-shade with well-drained soil, making them perfect for planting in pots.