Beginner's outdoor plants

Designed by
Freddie, Founder of Patch

We know how daunting it can seem choosing plants for your outdoor space, but don't worry, we've got it covered with plants that are low maintenance and easy to care for! At Patch, we believe everyone is capable of developing their green thumbs and the best way to do it is to start with an easy-to-please plant. That's why we've put together this handful of our outdoor plants that aren't too fussy and are great for beginners. 

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Look carefully and you'll find Cubby the Japanese laurel dotted around a number of London's gardens, thanks to his beautiful colouring and easy-to-maintain habit. He's especially happy when planted in shady gardens, making him the ideal candidate for those trickier sites.

Laura, a Laurus Nobilis is better known as a Bay pyramid and is a timeless plant, with good reason: it's hard to make her look out of place whether she's on a small balcony or a larger terraced garden. As well as being among our edible plants, Laura is also very low maintenance.Win-win.

Phoebe the Canary Island date palm is a great all-rounder as she works well as both an indoor or outdoor palm - her sturdy, arching green stems make her a great architectural plant either placed as a standalone palm in the corner or among other exotic-looking palms, grasses and flowers.

Beryl the golden shield fern is a real beauty, who loves nothing more than to spread out in a damp, shady spot in the garden. No doubt about it, Beryl is your girl for those hard-to-plant spots.

Fats the Fatsia Japonica is what gardeners call 'a real doer'. Practically bombproof, happy in most locations and with a beautiful habit, he's a great plant for urban or novice gardeners.

You might not be able to live in the Mediterranean but you can certainly bring a slice of it to London with lovely Ollie the Olive tree. He's known as 'the tree of eternity' due to his capacity to regenerate after fire, which we hope you'll never have to experience.

Try Rebecca our Australian ivy as an attractive alternative to English ivy as a trailer for troughs and pots. Not only will she love lounging outside, she's also more than happy to come inside – great on shelves and worktops.

Esther the Festuca glauca, whose bright blue tufts are hard to resist, works brilliantly in any contemporary urban garden to bring some textural interest or a vivid splash of colour.

Mae the Chamaerops humilis is an all-round people-pleaser, indeed she's been our most popular plant at Patch since we launched in 2016. Statuesque and easy-to-maintain, she is a superb plant for beginners and veterans alike.

Jasper the Euonymus Japonicus is a firm favourite here at Patch, thanks to his attractive form and low-maintenance habit. Effective both on his own and planted together as a wind-proof hedge or smaller contemporary windowbox, he's an underrated and underused gem for an urban garden.

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Contains one Aucuba Japonica Crotonifolia, one Bay Pyramid, one Phoenix Canariensis, three Dryopteris Affinis, one Fatsia Japonica, one Olive Tree, three Muehlenbeckia Complexa, two Festuca Glauca, one Chamaerops Humilis and two Euonymus Japonicus. Pots, compost and drainage material are also included. 


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