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10 things to plant in your garden that are impossible to kill

September 21, 2020 8:00 am by Upside

If you’re preparing to sell your house, then you’ll have heard all about curb appeal: the importance of making a good first impression on prospective buyers. One of the best ways to increase the curb appeal of your home is to add a few plants to your garden. However, if you’ve got a brown thumb where a green one should be, it can be tricky to know what to put in the ground. Here’s our guide to the outdoor plants that don’t die in an Australian climate:

Aloe Vera

Succulents are generally a very easy plant to maintain. Aloe Vera is happy in the ground or in a pot, and only needs some water to help it get established, and from then on it’s only rarely in need of watering. It’s hardy and green, plus you’ve got a ready supply of soothing aloe in case of sunburn.

aloe vera
The humble Aloe Vera: easy to maintain, rarely in need of watering, plus it can soothe any sunburns from the harsh Australian sun.

Madagascar Dragon Tree

It’s got a fancy name and an impressive appearance, but the Madagascar Dragon Tree is by no means high maintenance. With a colourful spray of leaves, it makes a big impact for very low effort – just put them in a bright area but out of direct sunlight and they’ll thrive without too much watering.

Madagascar Dragon Tree
Low effort, big impact! The Madagascar Drargon Tree will brighten up your place with its colourful spray of leaves.

Ribbon Plant

Bring variety to the height of your plants – they don’t all have to be in the ground – and hang a Ribbon Plant or two from the roof of your veranda or place it on a plant stand. They like rainwater rather than tap water, and plenty of light.

Your plants don't all have to be in the ground. Hang a Ribbon Plant or two from the roof of your veranda, or place it on a plant stand!


With bright pink flowers that last for ages, the Bougainvillea is a reliable climber that’s not fussy about soil type (it just needs good drainage). They enjoy being in the sun all day long but will still put on a great show with just a few hours of sun. Use a hibiscus fertiliser to make sure they get the balance of nutrients they require.

Add a pop of colour to your home with the Bougainvillea! A reliable climber that will put on a great show with just a few hours of sun.


While roses might not be on your list of most resilient flowers, they are actually very hardy and are among the top plants that don’t die easily. An established rose garden is a gift that keeps on giving, but even in pot plants they look lovely and are easily maintained.

Surprised? We are too! Roses are among the top plants that don't die easily, and is a gift that keeps on giving.


Also known as the ‘cast iron plant’, Aspidistra is best known as an indoor plant, but can also be planted outdoors in a shady spot. It only needs infrequent watering – perfect for newbie gardeners.

cast iron plant
Plant this one inside or outside - it's perfect for green thumbs in training!


Don’t be fooled by the unusual name; Zygocactus is a very unfussy plant that doesn’t like too much water (ideal if you’re likely to forget). Another succulent, they also have pretty little flowers in winter and are also a good candidate for hanging baskets or plant stands as their leaves tend to grow droopily.

Likely to forget to water your plants? The Zygocactus - also known as Schlumbergera Truncata- is the perfect plant to add some colour to your home. Image: Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA


Echeverias are cute little succulents that make great ground cover and come in a variety of shapes and hues. They’re so easy to grow that you can just pull a leaf off one, lay it down on the soil and it’ll grow another plant. They like desert conditions, so, full sun and not too much water. Oh, and they’re another succulent.

outdoor plants that don't die succulent
Cute but resillient, Echeverias come in a variety of shapes and hues... plus they can easily multiply and grow!


With their big bright flowers, Geraniums may look like hard work, but they love warm weather, plenty of sunlight and a bit of water. When the flowers dry out and die, pull them off to promote growth.

Big bright flowers for very little care; Geraniums plant roots easily from cuttings and grow beautifully in plenty of sunlight and a bit of water.


To grow a zinnia, just scatter its seeds over an empty flower bed and watch them come up in a huge variety of colours and sizes for a big impact flower bed.

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