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More often than not, when we design for new clients, they ask for a low maintenance garden or even a no maintenance garden, to which we always respond that there is no such thing.
What you can do however is make some great choices on garden layout, plant & surface choices.
1. Opt for big garden beds rather than small ones. A densely planted garden bed filled with a tightly knit matrix of plants requires little grooming and pruning to control its size. Know how large each plant is going to grow so you can space the plants accordingly.
2. Don't forget to plant ground cover plants - they create a carpet on the earth, which makes it more difficult for weeds to take hold.
3. Keep lawn areas to a minimum and make sure they have distinct borders or edging. Install deep gravel paths instead of grassy walkways and think about increasing deck or patio sizes. I often say to clients that I have never heard anyone say their deck is too big, (say that in a Kiwi accent for a giggle).
4. Select plants for their drought-tolerance, suitability for soil type and hardiness. It is a great idea to employ the services of a garden designer at this stage who can suggest a portfolio of hardy, low maintenance plants that will complement each other and your home.
5. Make sure that if you are planting hedging plants, you know how tall they can grow. Nothing can be more expensive or high maintenance than keeping hedges in check.
6. Mulch, mulch, mulch - the best way to improve your soil and keep weeds down.
If you need advice on plants that would be ideal for a low maintenance garden, contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be delighted to help.