Creating a low maintenance garden design that is still interesting and inviting can prove challenging but it’s not impossible! There are many different ways to add interest to a low maintenance garden, the first we are going to discuss is hard landscaping. You can use a range of different materials combined with differing heights to create an interesting looking space. Think about paving slabs, hardwoods and gravels.
If your garden doesn’t have to be used as a playground or football pitch, then you have some freedom to experiment with dividing your space up to create a garden that is much more interesting. Dividing does not mean you have to use a physical partition. Division can be achieved through choosing different hard landscaping materials. Carefully thinking about the colours of these hard landscaping 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.
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.
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 are going for colours which contrast with your natural surroundings. These could be colours like blacks, greys, reds or even purple, whatever colours you decide on its always important to test them out first and see how they look before taking the plunge!
A fantastic way to add some interest to your garden is to plant hedging in blocks or rows within gaps of you paving. This can create a fantastic low maintenance solution that looks great if you choose the right hedging. Box hedging doesn’t need trimming more than a couple of times a year so it’s a great low maintenance choice. If you buy young plants you can then train them into whatever shape you like to suit you garden.
For gardens that are relatively sparse in terms of foliage, a great trick is to choose plants that will create a range of different heights. 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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