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Low Maintenance Garden Ideas

Gardens can make or break the overall aesthetic of a house. When you spend so much time perfecting the interior of your home, the last thing you want is for your outdoor space to undo the effects of the hard work you’ve put in on the inside. The trouble is, maintaining a garden is considerably harder than maintaining things like a kitchen or a living room, and this is because you spend so much more time indoors that you do outdoors.

Everyone can appreciate the beauty of a garden, and if you have a young family or pets, it’s all but essential. The crux is, both children and dogs can make your garden all the more difficult to stay on top of, especially if you’re working and have a million and one other things to focus on.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to make the move to a more low-maintenance garden. Now, this doesn’t mean a square block of tarmac and no plants. It’s entirely possible to have a stylish garden that takes all of a few minutes to keep in tip top condition, and here’s how.

  1. Plant Life

Gardens should be a place of natural beauty, with wildlife aplenty buzzing around and your brain enjoying the associated benefits of being immersed in green goodness. The issue is, lots of plants are quite high maintenance and this just isn’t workable for everyone. In this case, choose something easy to plant. Here are a few beautiful garden flowers that require next to no looking after:

  • PeeGee Hydrangeas
  • Peonies
  • Daffodils
  • Bluebells
  • Butterfly Bushes

Do be aware that if you have plants, some of the bulbs of flowers listed above may be toxic. Make sure you do your due research, and if you have a pet who is likely to dig up your flowers, make use of raised planters.

If you prefer foliage as opposed to flowers, here are some low maintenance bushes and green plants that you can grow in your garden with minimum effort:

  • Ribbon Grass
  • Hosta
  • Spotted Laurel
  • Topiary
  • Lavender

  1. Turf

For most homeowners, it’s the turf that they find to be the most time consuming to keep on top of, especially when children and/or pets do a good job of destroying it with their tiny feet. In this instance, you have a choice to make. Either ban the use of the lawn when it’s wet and wintery and commit to longer lawn. If you really don’t have time for mowing, or if your children are into their sports and your garden is bearing the brunt of it, consider artificial grass. It’s family friendly and is the ultimate low maintenance garden solution for those who really don’t have the time to keep on top of muddy grass.

  1. Furniture

A lot of people assume minimum-effort gardens need to be bare and empty, but this often results in a lifeless space that bring the overall look of an outdoor space down. What’s worse is when there’s furniture that requires maintenance but that is neglected. Rather than buying items that you know will need some looking after, choose something more durable and self-sufficient.

Rattan is a good option for this as it requires no maintenance beyond a quick wipe every summer season. You will need to store the fabric cushions away and wash them, but this will look infinitely better than peeling metal chairs and tables or faded wood benches.

Summary

Have you been convinced by any of these of low maintenance tips? Give them a go – you might just find they completely transform your garden.

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