Green Space – The Lazy Gardener

By Rick Schafer

If you’re the kind of person who somehow magically manages to kill each and every plant you’ve ever owned, then stop the clock: Fabian Capomolla is here to help.

No matter what your lifestyle is like, there’s a plant out there to suit you, says The Hungry Gardener.

“If you’re a commitment-phobe or just a little lazy, you certainly don’t want a needy plant,” says Fabian. “Rather you need a plant that requires just a sprinkle of attention.”

We asked Fabian to share some extra insight into the best plants for lazy gardeners.

1. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Fabian says: “Mother-in-law’s tongue is a classic houseplant with an unfortunate reputation as it happens to be one of the most forgiving plants around. The leaves are rigid and pointed, hence the common name. It tolerates low light conditions and irregular watering, making it a great indoor plant for the lazy, or forgetful, gardener. It’s also one of the few plants that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, making it a great plant for your bedroom.”

2. Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Fabian says: “The jade plant is a winner for low-key gardeners. It’s a succulent, which means inbuilt resilience. It’s an adaptable plant, too, suitable for both indoors and outdoors. As far as watering goes, less is more. Water it well through the warmer months, but wait for the soil to dry before watering it again. Through winter it will require even less. These plants are easy to propagate, so find a friend or neighbour with an established plant, take a stem cutting and get growing!”

3. Happy plant (Dracaena fragrans)

Fabian says: “Happy plants come with loads of nostalgia. They pop up regularly in homes and offices – and for good reason. They require minimal care and will grow in just about any position. The worst thing you can do to a happy plant is over-water it, or leave it in direct sunlight for too long. Avoid these conditions and you’ll keep your plant smiling.”

4. Cacti

Fabian says: “Good news for all lazy gardeners: There are hundreds of cactus species to choose from. Cacti are renowned for their tolerance of extreme conditions, so they’re an easy choice for people who forget to water and don’t have time to fuss over their plants. Put one or two cacti in a pot in a full sun position in your home and watch them go. Of course, they do benefit from occasional watering combined with well-draining soil.”

5. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Fabian says: “I’m a big believer that if you’re going to plant something, it should be versatile and easy. When it comes to the world of edibles, rosemary is one of the easiest to grow. Position it in a garden bed or pot near the kitchen door, so you don’t have to walk far to cut a few fresh sprigs of salty roast potatoes or to drizzle with honey. Lots of sun and a bit of water will give you a productive and incredibly fragrant plant.”


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