Easy Low Maintenance Garden Ideas
Are you looking for Easy Low Maintenance Garden Ideas? Let’s take a look at the options, I have many tips, thoughts and design ideas to share that will appeal to anyone looking for an easier gardening life. I will show you that there are options that can be introduced in terms of planting schemes, storage, types of furniture, garden layout and outbuildings etc that are all low maintenance, yet still give us beauty outside with very little time or effort.
We all lead busy lives, juggling careers, children, family, entertainment and work commitments which means we don’t always have a lot of time to spend gardening or looking after our outdoor space.
Some may not even particularly enjoy gardening but wish for their space to look inviting, they still desire somewhere to spend their down time outdoors or to entertain friends and family. Somewhere to relax on a nice sunny day and simply just be.
Easy Low Maintenance Garden Ideas – Health And Wellbeing
Our health and physical abilities can also have a massive impact on how much work we are able to devote to caring for a garden. This does not in way mean we can’t enjoy a garden, we just have to be more sensitive to our needs and adapt our gardens accordingly.Gardening for Well-being, Why Gardening is Good for your Health.
Having a beautiful garden gives curb appeal to your property and is so important for those first impressions, if a garden is neglected due to time, interest or knowledge constraints then this affects the look of the whole house.
You may be pleased to know that help is at hand, having busy, none stop lives doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice having a nice garden. What’s more, that garden can be a wonderful, easy, restful place.
So how does one get around all these factors and still have a beautiful outdoor space?
Easy Low Maintenance Garden Ideas – Hard Landscaping
Paved areas and patios are an obvious choice for low maintenance gardens, they offer easy access to different areas of a garden, seating areas and somewhere to entertain or dine outdoors.
When deciding which paving to go for, find one of a good quality that needs little cleaning or repair, incorporate drainage systems if necessary and drain/gully covers so that the system doesn’t become blocked with leaves or debris.
If paths are to be graveled or chipped then ensure there is robust edging as this prevents spillage of gravel into other areas and helps to keep paths looking neat and tidy.
Fencing and decking again need to be as good a quality as you can possibly afford.
Composite decking is longer lasting than wooden decking and needs little or no maintenance except maybe a sweep up of any debris.
Fencing too is available in maintenance free materials, saving you valuable time and expense.
Furniture and Storage
Weather resistant furniture, seating and storage are by far the best options for low maintenance gardens, incorporate the two together and you are space saving as well.
Storage benches in weather proof materials are ideal for a small garden, needing no care other than cleaning maybe once a season. For more quality garden storage sheds take a look at my article 6 Best Wooden Garden Storage Sheds
Good quality outdoor products will last for many years.
Who needs to be pressure washing, cleaning, repainting or wood treating outdoor furniture etc when there are endless other things to do. Far better to choose wisely and simply enjoy relaxing in nice, easy to maintain chairs! Preferably with a good book, a cuppa or in my case on a summer evening, a glass of wine!
Another great idea is to plant a green roof on sheds or storage, particularly if the roof is something that can be seen from vantage points within the house.
Succulents are ideal plants for this and very easy to care for.
Linear lawns are easier and quicker to maintain than curved lawns, so thinks about straightening edges if necessary. Adjacent footpaths at the same level as the lawn save time and effort too, less strimming or trimming is required.
Think about investing in a lawn mower that mulches the clippings and leaves them on the lawn, this also is quicker and will feed your lawn too.
Better still of course is to turn the lawn into a wildlife haven by planting it as a wildflower meadow. This only requires strimming once a year! How easy is that!
Wildflowers are far more beneficial to our wildlife, pollinators, birds, insects etc and looks amazing too.
What are the Best Plants for Low Maintenance Gardens
Perennial plants are the easiest solution in my book. Choose some flowering plants for full sun that are drought resistant then you don’t need to spend time watering
Group plants with similar requirements together, IE moisture, nutrients, soil type, situation. They can then be looked after as a whole rather than tending to plants individually
Any thirsty plants can be provided for by installing an irrigation system, great for when you are away or have little time spare for watering plants. Or have the beds and borders placed nearer to a water supply so that there isn’t so much time spent going to and fro with watering cans.
Mulch borders with a deep layer of organic material, this helps to keep weeds down and feeds the plants too.
Container displays can be grouped together and placed near to water supplies.
I have listed some of my favourite perennial plants, all of which flower year after year and will look splendid in borders, raised beds or containers.Perennial Plants. First Year Flowering
- Shasta daisies
- Hardy Geranium.
What are the Best Trees and Shrubs for Low Maintenance Gardens?
When looking for ideal shrubs or trees, select ones that are suited for your garden, consider soil type, climate and situation, these are then most likely to settle in and thrive with little care and attention. There are so many lovely shrubs and trees that need very little care. A selection of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees will add interest and form to any style of garden. There is plenty of choice of plants suitable for any situation and for large or small gardens.
I have listed a few of my favourites
Easy Assembly Raised Beds
Raised bed gardening is a great option for anyone wishing to spend less time working in their garden. Generally made from either wood, brick or concrete, they are often used for growing vegetables but are also suitable for any number of ornamental plants. How to Grow Plants From Seeds. 5 Easy Steps
They are often built with easy to maintain paved, graveled or bark chipped pathways running between them.
Easy Assembly Raised Beds Kits are straightforward way of adding more planting space to your garden, they are a lovely design feature which can be incorporated into many garden schemes. They can be used as additional seating and for housing water features too, so there are many valuable reasons to use raised beds in low maintenance gardens.
Plants are spaced nearer together resulting in better water retention and fewer weeds.
Raised beds are workable without standing on the soil, therefore the soil does not become compacted, resulting in less digging.
Ideal too for anyone who is physically impaired or elderly people to garden in.
What’s not to like about gardening made more simple and effort free.
Invest in some easy maintenance tools such as the electric weed burner.
I hope that here you will find some inspiration for your new lifestyle friendly garden and take away some ideas to make your life easier but still enjoy a beautiful outdoor space.
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I’m so super inspired by your article and really thinking about building an oasis in my house where I can relax. I like the idea of furniture that’s also storage. The problem that I have is that living in Alaska I have to pick easy low maintenance garden ideas with things that can survive the winter, but also don’t require a lot of work, because I’m busy with a bunch of kids.
Do you have any low maintenance garden ideas for a super cold climate?
Alaska wow! That is certainly super cool! Zone3
Trees that are suitable are, Cherry, pear, apricot and plum, herbs too can be grown obviously edible as well as decorative, chamomile, sorrel, parsley.
Vegetables squash, potatoes, radish, asparagus raised from seed indoors will give you a much needed head start.
Hostas also survive extreme cold, along with sedum, astilbe, echinacea, hemerocallis.
A greenhouse would let you grow all sorts of perennials and vegetables .
I do hope I have given you a few suggestions to start with.
All the best
This is perfect time for me to read this post because we just came inside from aeratoring the yard, cleaning off the back porch, and planting some plants in the fron yard, then watering everything. I have a question about when you mentioned mulching borders with deep layer of organic material to prevent weed growth. Can you give an example of what organic product works best to prevent weeds or do you just mean plain mulch?
Also this is a little of the subject but you may have resources. We recently had the concrete on our back porch stained and apparently there was too much moisture in the concrete and we now have the problem of efflorescence, the white powdery look to the concrete when it’s dry. When it’s wet it looks fine. So far we have not been able to come up with any solutions?
Thanks for the great information!
Hi Colleen, thank you for the comments,
Mulch with bark chippings, compost, homemade compost if you have it, well rotted manure all are great for mulching beds and borders, they give added nutrients and help retain water.
In regard to the concrete problem, continued washing with clean water will eventually clear it, also a mild acid wash.
I found this website that has further info and details
Hope this helps
The article about easy low maintenance garden ideas is quite incredibly informative. And very important easy step. I don’t even use to care about the garden. Infact, no body cares in my house, even my dad that always likes beautiful things don’t even care. Because every one is busy, and we consider taking care of the garden as an insignificant work to do. But with this information that I have received, it is going to turn me into a better gardener
I will also bookmark this page for the sake of my family members who don’t care about gardening
I’m sad no one in your family likes gardening but realise into for everyone.
I hope I have give you some inspiration and easy care ideas to make a start, you never know you might become hooked on hard after all :-))
All the best
Hello, Louise. Spring has finally sprung in our neighbourhood. We have gone from winter and snow on the ground to temps in the low twenties in the space of 2 weeks here in southwestern B.C. and our hearts are turning to cleaning up the garden and planting some spring stuff.
We aren’t avid gardeners but we like to have a few things growing in what little space we have and some of the suggestions you have made in your post would probably work for us.
I/we have been struggling to keep water in the ground fo our little plots at the front of our house and you have reminded me of the perfect solution… bark mulch. I had forgotten about the benifits of using this material so, thanks for the reminder.
I would like to do something about the area around our back patio as well just to spruce it up and you have given me some ideas for that as well.
Rethinking our plant stratagy,
Thank you for your comments and I am happy you can get back r garden now that spring is here.
Yep! Bark mulch is wonderful for water retention!
If I can be of further help with ideas or suitable plant suggestions don’t hesitate to get in touch
I didn’t know that a wildflower meadow requires us to trim it once a year, that would make my life so much easier! My mum always asks me to trim the lawn and it’s so very tiring, I do it once in a few months but man, I dreaded doing that. Out of curiosity, how long do wildflowers live?
A wildflower meadow would be ideal for you and your Mum…all you need to do is trim it once a year after all the flowers have gone to seed, so late summer to end of autumn, leave the hay for a few days to allow the seeds to disperse into the area and then rake it all up…job done!
A lot of wildflowers are annuals so they only last one season…but as they set seed, they regenerate them selves for you.
I’ve always thought any type of garden was time consuming but now I have some ideas for making life a bit easier and still enjoy a garden, by making one that is less maintenance.
Thanks for your comments, I hope your gardening will be a little easier for you.