While it would be ideal to have a no-maintenance garden, there is no such thing. However, you can create a very low maintenance garden. You want a space that is interesting enough in appearance and ambiance that your visitors appreciate, but you don’t want to always be worrying about upkeep.
Luckily, you can have a garden that doesn’t need constant attention. By choosing the right plants and structures, you’ll have more time to enjoy the space. After all, a garden is for rest and relaxation, not for added chores.
Here’s some advice from a professional landscaper to get you started.
Divide the Space
Dividing your space is important. If you are not going to use the lawn space for running around or playing games like soccer, then you can divide it into smaller sections. To keep things divided without limiting the space, you should select a simple design. Smaller sections are easier to manage.
You can soften the divisions between each section with flower or herb gardens. You still have divisions, but they’re not abrupt so it doesn’t ruin the look of the garden.
Use Low-Maintenance Plants
One plant suggestion is Verbena. It has a nice color which returns year after year. If you want something that has a similar shape to the verbena but is more permanent then you might want to consider bamboo.
If you plant bamboo, it must be planted inside of containers that are sunk into your flowerbed. If you skip this step, the shoots will start appearing in the gravel directly outside of the flower bed or between your pavers.
Add Hardscapes for Form and Function
If you want your low maintenance garden to be more functional, the best way is through hardscaping. Hardscapes are any part of your garden that aren’t growing and alive. Masonry work or a paved seating area with bright tiles are just a couple of examples.
Hardscapes also come in many colors to match your garden. If you’re creating a traditional space, then you may want pale blues, greens, and creams. If you want a contemporary look the colors should contrast your natural surroundings. This means you should look for reds, blacks, grays, and purple.
If you are unsure of the color you want in tile or furniture, you can take a swatch of that color and compare it to the garden. See what color works and what color doesn’t.
Use Shape and Placement to Your Advantage
Where you put the different elements is also important. You can plant hedges in rows or in blocks and leave room for paving in between. This is a great way to add interest to your garden and is very low maintenance.
You can also buy young plants which you can then shape how you want. This will save you money and you only need to trim box hedging twice per year.
One nice trick for a garden that has minimal foliage is to pick a variety of heights. Plant your items separately but mix and match ground cover plants with trees.
To talk with a professional about your low maintenance garden design, contact Sinacori Landscaping. See how about their services can help you today.