You might think that because you live a hectic and busy lifestyle, there’s no time to have a stunning garden. However, this is far from the truth, and there are a number of ways that you can create an easy-to-care-for garden that looks great with only a small amount of effort. And, for those of you who want to spend your weekends enjoying your garden, rather than maintaining it, there are a few important points to consider.
Lawns are a traditional garden feature and most gardens have a lawn of some description. However, whilst a beautifully mowed and lush green lawn looks wonderful, this garden feature needs a lot of maintenance, including constant mowing during the growing season. If you decide to decrease your lawn’s size or to do away with it altogether, you can save a lot of time.
Good garden design can easily create wonderful outside spaces that don’t have lawns and aren’t instead filled with a lot of hard landscaping (see above for a nicely done example). For small gardens, simply using cobbles or a large patio area can replace the total lawn area. Larger gardens can be split up into rooms, with paths of brick or other materials winding their way between larger beds and borders to take up the space where the lawn previously was.
A garden isn’t quite the relaxing space that you want it to be unless you invest in some furniture. Whilst garden furniture is made to withstand the elements, some products are better than others at surviving Mother Nature’s forces without needing too much maintenance. Synthetic rattan furniture is specially designed to hold up, even in snow, rain, and extreme UV rays, and will mean that you won’t have to spend time repairing, storing, or shopping for new items because your old garden pieces have fallen apart.
People often think that raised borders are simply to help elderly and disabled individuals who want to garden but who can’t reach the flowerbeds. However, raised borders offer a number of advantages in addition to easier access. Lifted away from the ground, they are less likely to be plagued by pests, whilst naturally occurring weeds will find it harder to get a good foothold. The process of building a raised bed means that the soil that you use will already be loaded with nutrition, offering the perfect start for your plants. Meanwhile, you can ensure that the soil is the right pH for your preferred planting scheme.
If you want a quick and instant garden, you may decide to head to the nursery each spring, fill your trolley with the beautiful annuals that are in bloom, and then become dismayed when these plants don’t thrive. Annuals often need a lot of care, including constant watering and deadheading. By opting for a range of perennial flowering plants instead (geums, shown below), you can establish plants so that they don’t need ongoing maintenance every year. You may still need to deadhead to prolong the flowering season, but specimens will thrive year after year, and you’ll avoid having to buy new plants on an annual basis.
Shrubs, Ferns, and Grasses
In line with the same concept as buying perennial plants instead of annuals, if you want a garden which needs less maintenance, avoid filling borders with lots of flowers and instead create a lush garden using shrubs, ferns, and grasses. Such plants will maintain their color throughout the year and will need less pruning and care than annual or herbaceous plants. This will allow you to sit back and relax in your garden, rather than having to don the gardening gloves and get to work at every opportunity that’s available.