You may think that creating a low maintenance garden design that is still interesting and inviting can prove to be challenging, but it can be surprisingly easy.
There are many different ways to add interest to a low maintenance garden; here we explore 5 of them.
5 Ways to a Low Maintenance Garden
1. Dividing Your Space
In addition to this, carefully thinking about the colours of these materials will really help to create a great looking space. You can also think about incorporating planting to soften the divisions. Tall but relatively 'see through' plants such as Verbena are perfect for planting between two landscaping materials.
2. Think About Your Plants Carefully
Verbena is a gorgeous plant but it won't be with you all year round; it does return year after year though. If you want a plant that is going to provide a consistent colour and division all year round, you may want to think about Bamboo as an alternative. If you do choose Bamboo make sure that you plant it in sunken containers. This will ensure that you don't start getting shoots appearing in your paving or gravel outside of the bed.
Other plants that will provide all year round colour and interest are Viburnum Opulus, also known as the "snowball tree", Myrtle, Calycanthus, and fruit trees such as apple and pear.
3. Choosing Your Colours
If you decide to incorporate some extra colour into your garden you need to think about it carefully. Masonry and hard landscaping elements can be painted or stained but make sure you choose colours that are complimentary to your surroundings.
If you are sited in very traditional surroundings you may want to think about colours that blend in. These could be creams, pastel blues and greens. If you have decided that you would like a more contemporary look then you may want to opt for colours which contrast with your natural surroundings; these could be colours like blacks, greys, reds or even purple.
Whatever colours you decide on, it's always important to test them out first and see how they look before taking the plunge!
4. Planting Ideas
5. Thinking About Height In Your Garden
By using a mixture of ground cover plants, through to taller plants such as Bamboo, Verbena or even specimen trees you can create a look that has much more impact and interest.
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