The Best Low Maintenance Plants For Senior Living Facilities and retirement Communities in Memphis TN

Michael Hatcher

Jun 28, 2021 8:48:45 AM

Retirement is supposed to be relaxing and carefree, right?

Same goes for plants at retirement communities.

Landscaping at senior living facilities has to look appealing to satisfy current residents and attract new ones. But nobody wants a bunch of fussy, demanding plants. Download The 2021 Commercial Property Trends Report

Here’s a look at some of the best low-maintenance plants for senior living facilities, retirement homes, and nursing homes.

Take a Cue from Dogwood Creek

This high-end senior living community, perched on one of the busiest streets in Memphis, does landscaping right.

Take a spin through Dogwood Creek and you’ll see examples of the best low-maintenance plants for retirement homes: hard-working, impressive, and low-fuss:

Crape Myrtle

These flowering beauties dot the property, bursting into clouds of pink in the spring.crape myrtle tree


These trees explode in impressive clouds of pink each spring, but need minimal care, other than occasional pruning.Eastern Redbud


Zinnias pack a punch in yellow, orange, pink, red, lilac, purple, or multi-colored blossoms. And they’re easy — low maintenance, heat and drought tolerant.Zinnia Flowers


This sure-thing perennial thrives in a wide variety of soil conditions, laughs off diseases and pests, and blooms faithfully for years with practically no attention.
One of our favorites: Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns,’ with buttery yellow flowers that bloom all summer.Daylily


A flower bed staple, this low-maintenance beauty boasts captivating clusters of blooms in a kaleidoscope of colors. It handles heat and drought like a champ. Bonus: Butterflies love them, and your residents will love the butterflies, making them one of the best low-maintenance plants for nursing homes.Lantana

Here’s a look at a few more of the best low maintenance plants for Memphis:


If you can’t find a hosta you love, you haven’t looked hard enough. They range in size from tiny plants less than 8 inches tall to 4-foot clumps with leaves nearly 2 feet across. Their stunning leaves come in a wide choice of shapes and textures. And yes, they’re low maintenance.Hosta

Ground Cover Roses

These low-growing beauties with a strong spreading habit create a carpet of beautiful blooms.Ground Cover Rose

Black-eyed Susans

This sturdy long-flowering perennial adds a burst of cheerful color, but need little susan

Ornamental grasses

Grasses add texture and graceful movement to the landscape, but require little care, making them among the best low maintenance plants for Memphis.Pink Muhly Grass


Dazzling orange, red, neon pink, and coral petals make people look twice. These sun-loving tough guys also tolerate summer’s high heat and humidity and deliver continuous color from spring through frost.SunPatiens


The bright red berries of this native holly shrub will brighten up the gray winter landscape. (You’ll need both a male and a female plant to get those striking red berries.) It’s pretty in summer, too, with its glossy green leaves that turn yellow in the fall.Winterberry

Red Maple

You can’t go wrong with a red maple. It offers spectacular fall color, grows fast, and produces dainty clusters of red or yellow flowers winter to spring.Red maple


Lacy, green, and lush, ferns perk up any part of the landscape, but especially love shady spots.Painted Ferns

Don’t Forget Your Courtyard

If your senior living community boasts a courtyard, make it a landscaping centerpiece with one of the best low-maintenance plants for retirement homes: flowering trees.

Flowering trees add beauty, fragrance, and shade, up close where residents can really appreciate them.

Here are three courtyard winners:

Deciduous Magnolia

While evergreen magnolias can overpower a modest-sized courtyard, the smaller deciduous varieties are a great magnolia tree


A cherry tree will make your senior living facility courtyard the go-to spot each spring. You can’t beat their delicate, romantic pink blossoms.Cherry Tree

Japanese Snowbell

A small ornamental tree with a pretty, rounded canopy, it tops out at 25 feet, so it’s not too overwhelming for near paved areas.Japanese Snowbell

Mulch: A Low-Maintenance Superstar

You can’t talk about low-maintenance plants without giving a shout-out to mulch.

Mulch looks amazing, with its rich, dark brown that adds a tidy, uniform appearance to your beds.

But it’s also a low-maintenance superstar, making it the perfect partner for low-maintenance plants at senior living centers. Keep it refreshed and it goes to work:

  • Mulch retains moisture, so you don’t have to water as much.
  • It keeps pesky weeds at bay.
  • It prevents rain from washing away your landscape soil.

Trust Your Commercial Landscaping to Hatcher

The best low-maintenance plants for retirement communities add stunning color to attract attention, without needing a lot of fuss.

Let the pros at Hatcher set you up with the perfect landscaping plan.

Then, we’re happy to stick around to keep it all perfectly maintained, for beauty and safety.

Ready to boost the appeal and safety of your commercial property? Talk to one of our commercial landscaping experts today! We’ll meet at your property, create a custom plan, and get you on your way to enjoying a beautiful, worry-free property.

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Image Source: Crape Myrtle, Redbud, Zinnias, Daylilies, Lantana, Hosta, Ground Cover Roses, Black-eyed Susans, Ornamental Grasses, Sunpatiens, Winterberry, Red Maple, Ferns, Magnolia, Cherry, Japanese Snowbell

Michael Hatcher

Written by Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is Founder and Chairman of Michael Hatcher & Associates.