No-Dig Garden Plants: 10 ideal flower choices for the easy growing option.

No-dig garden plants are the ideal options for this growing method. All plants depend on good soil to thrive and no digging is an increasingly popular method of organic growing that boosts the soil ecosystem.

The method also means less time spent digging and weeding. It leaves the soil intact, so fewer weeds sprout, and the compost mulches on the surface make it easier to pull out any that do, as well as nourish the soil.

Although no-dig gardening is often associated with vegetable gardens, it also works great for perennial flower beds and cutting gardens and these plants are our favorites if you follow this strategy in your garden.

Do not dig up garden plants

In the no-dig method, flower bed ideas often include raised bed ideas, but planting in the ground also works.

Whether you adopt this method alone or take up permaculture gardening to emulate nature in your garden, try these garden plants without digging.

1. Nepeta ‘Walker’s low’

Nepeta Walker Low Plants

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Fabulous for encouraging bees and butterflies in the garden from June to September, this hardy perennial with dark purple to lilac blue flowers dies back in the fall, then fresh new growth reappears in the spring, so it’s a good choice among garden plants without digging. It likes a position in full sun or partial shade, and makes a good fragrant border for paths.

Height: 24 inches (60 cm)

Spread: 20 in (50 cm)

2. Alchemilla mollis (alchemilla)

Alchemilla mollis

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One of the prettiest no-dig garden plants you could choose, the lady’s mantle’s soft, velvety fan-shaped leaves have scalloped edges that will add a lovely mossy effect to a bed. Rich in nectar to attract pollinating insects, this vigorous plant will survive anything, is happy in full sun to partial shade, thrives in heavy soil and self-seeds freely.

Height: 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm)

Width: 4 to 20 in (10 to 50 cm)

3. Mexican fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus)

Mexican fleabane

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For nine months of the year, from April to November, this hardworking little plant has cascades of delicate white daisies that gradually turn pink. Easy to please, plant it in full sun for best results. It self-seeds, making it one of the easiest garden plants to care for without digging.

Height: 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm)

Spacing: 20 in to 3 feet (50 cm to 1 m)

4. Sage ‘Mainacht’

Salvia Plant Mainacht

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With spikes of indigo blue flowers in early to mid summer, this hardy perennial needs plenty of space in a sunny location with good drainage and it will continue to bloom all summer long. It requires minimal maintenance, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for self-sufficient garden plants without digging.

Height: 29″ (75cm)

Spread: 18 in (45 cm)

5. Geranium ‘Album’

Geranium Album flowers

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With its bright white, saucer-shaped blooms, this spreading herbaceous perennial works well in the front of a bed to soften the edges. Thriving in full sun to partial shade, it quickly forms loose mounds of deeply cut dark green leaves that help suppress weeds.

Height: 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm)

Spacing: 20 in to 3 feet (50 cm to 1 m)

6. Mexican Stipa (Stipa tenuissima)

stupa of mexico

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With slender, arching leaves and tall, fluffy flower plumes, this low-maintenance ornamental grass makes a strong punctuation point in a bed and is good for introducing movement when the breeze rustles it. Preferring well-drained soil in full sun, it will thrive in a mixed bed and is also suitable for dried displays.

Height: 24 inches (60 cm)

Width: 12″ (30cm)

7. Pittosporum ‘Golf Ball’

Pittosporum 'Golf Ball'

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With small, wavy-edged leaves that come in a range of beautiful colors, this fast and easy growing shrub is a good choice for adding structure and ornamental interest as it can be cut into an attractive shape. Grows best in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade.

Height: 20 inches to 3 feet (50 cm to 1 m)

Spread: 20 inches to 3.2 feet (50 cm to 1 m)

8. Rosa ‘Winchester Cathedral’

Rosa 'Winchester Cathedral'

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For sheer beauty, this repeat blooming shrub rose is hard to beat. It produces masses of fragrant white flowers with an occasional hint of pink, is suitable for mixed borders and all soil types, likes full sun and is also fragrant.

Height: 4 feet (125 cm)

Width: 3.5 feet (110 cm)

9. Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

hydrangea 'Annabelle'

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One of the most popular hydrangeas, it has graceful arching branches, luxurious white pom-pom flowers and heart-shaped leaves. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade; it loves spring mulching. Even better if your bed is in a sheltered corner or against a warm wall.

Height: 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.5 m)

Width: 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.5 m)

10. Baltic parsley (Conolophium denudatum)

Baltic parsley

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A fast-growing, semi-evergreen, clump-forming umbellifer with greenish-white flowers in summer and fall and fern-like foliage, this adds an interesting vertical to the bed. Bees and butterflies love this plant and it is also a good dried flower. Loves a generous mulch in the fall.

Height: 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m)

Width: 4 to 20 in (10 to 50 cm)

What can you plant in a garden without digging?

A no-dig garden is often planted with vegetables. In the first year, crops with shallow roots may be best – think lettuce and radishes, for example. After that, a full range of crops could be grown for the table.

“A no-dig garden is also great for growing flowers,” says Lucy Searle, Global Editor of Homes & Gardens. “I would recommend it if you are planning a cut flower garden when the time saved by following the no-dig method can instead be spent creating arrangements.”

Can you make a flower bed without digging?

You can make a flower bed without digging. It is necessary to lay down a barrier layer first to suppress weeds – biodegradable brown cardboard is ideal. Follow with organic mulch, then plant the flowers you selected for the bed.

“Remember that you will need to add a layer of mulch from time to time,” says Lucy Searle, global editor of Homes & Gardens.