Creating your low maintenance Garden of Eden
One option is to install low maintenance and simple options to create a little slice of heaven in your back garden.
Low maintenance plants
To create a low maintenance garden it is important to choose the correct plants.
Native plants are much better suited to the environment, so they tend to require a lot less care than non-native plants. Before planting anything, ensure that you are placing your seeds or seedlings in an optimal position.
Choose plants that are evergreen or re-bloom each season, for example you might want to avoid sunflowers because they only flower once. Additionally, avoid fast spreading creepers as they will require constant trimming.
Potted plants are a great alternative to landscaping an entire garden. Although pots still provide the same ambience as having a planted garden, they require less effort and space.
The only rule is too avoid overcrowding as a planter box already restricts growth.
Don't feel as though you have to limit yourself to a classic topiary in a terracotta planter pot - there are a number of different and creative ways to grow and display a potted plant.
If you are looking to recycle old wooden drawers or an old bathtub, they can be used to create raised flower beds. The revival of the hanging basket and the living wall trend allow you to think above ground and are great options if you're low on space.
Paving an outdoor area means far less lawn to mow and garden to maintain. A paved outdoor area can also add value to your property as it provides for an outdoor entertaining space and al fresco dining.
The range of outdoor paving choices is endless. If you have a small area it may be best to avoid one solid area of tiles as this might feel very concrete.
Tiles placed in a grid pattern with a decorative grass growing in the spaces between incorporates a touch of nature and enlarges a small area. Pebbles or something similar are more natural looking and can blend into the environment more comfortably.
Instead of planting, think of alternatives that will still liven up your garden. For instance, investing in a water feature or a pizza oven might be more beneficial to the value of your property than a luscious garden. After all, not everyone has the time and knowledge to look after plants and lawns.
Garden accessories such as these are high impact and more novel to an average buyer, who might well be able to see themselves relaxing in your back garden.