Having a nice looking garden is important to me, we like to spend a lot of time outside when the weather is nice and I can’t relax in a space that isn’t neat and tidy. I also don’t have a lot of time for garden maintenance so I have created a low maintenance back and front gardens in our house which need minimal work which means more time to sit and enjoy them!
This is my first tip for a low maintenance garden. We have it in the back garden and it means no mowing or worrying about watering it when the weather is hot. We have a leaf vacuum which I use occasionally to pick up any debris but that is all. We also use a pressure washer twice a year on the patio slabs to keep them looking bright and clean. If you need to pick up a few garden tools such as these take a look at https://www.gardentoolbox.co.uk which sells pretty much everything you can think of, for everyone from the hobby gardener to the enthusiast.
If you have any walls you need to cover or want to create an area of greenery or colour I’d recommend putting up a trellis. They are really cheap and you just need to fix them to the wall. You can then grow plants in planters underneath that will grow up the trellis. Choose something low maintenance such as clematis, honeysuckle or ivy which are hardy and will continue to grow year after year.
Painted plant pots
We like to have a bit of colour in our garden so we have started painting plant pots and dotting them about. We buy cheap terracotta pots and paint them with garden fence paint like Culprinol. They look fantastic and you can choose a wide variety of colours or stick to a theme. We also try to pick up pots that we see in charity shops or antique shops to mix them up a bit. I then fill these with some pretty flowers which really brighten everything up.
Add texture with slate
Instead of flower beds we now have landscaped areas where we have put down garden slate chips. These are really low maintenance as once they are down you don’t need to do anything else and they add a bit of depth of texture. We use these to balance plant pots on which again creates another dimension of colour, height and texture. If the slate gets dirty you can just give them a wash with a hose, although I’ve found that the rain does this job well enough on its own.
Get a plastic shed
My last tip would be to get a plastic shed. They come in all colours, shapes and sizes and we went for a grey and green one which goes with the colour scheme in the garden. With it being plastic it needs no maintenance, it won’t get ruined in wet weather and needs no painting or staining to keep it looking good.
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