Having some outdoor space is a lovely thing, and whether you only have a small balcony to call your own or a larger garden, we need outdoor space to help us relax and feel connected to nature. We all benefit from plants and greenery being a part of our lives – spending time outdoors is good for mental and physical health, while keeping house plants can act as a natural air filter and help boost our productivity – even become an essential act of self-care. But with our busy lives, plenty of us want the good bits of having a garden, but with a low maintenance twist. The good news is, you don’t have to be an expert on cuttings and soil samples to be able to maintain and enjoy some greenery – you just need a low-maintenance garden design that allows you to spend less time trimming and more time relaxing and soaking up the green delights…
Go For Potted Plants
Whether you only have access to a small terrace or balcony, or you’re lucky enough to enjoy a larger plot, choosing potted plants to add colour and variety can work well. Not only are they easier to maintain, but if you ever move, you can take them along with you. The other benefit is that you can use potting soil ready-primed with nutrients rather than relying on your own soil, which may be too chalky or clay-based to sustain some plants without you trying to alter the soil pH. Choosing pretty planters is always fun, and you can even opt for plants which are super-easy to maintain, such as ficus trees or spider plants.
Think About Your Lawn
Undoubtedly, a lawn can be one of the most time-consuming parts of owning a garden. All the mowing, strimming the edges, seeding it in the spring – it can be a lot of maintenance if you’re pressed for time. So have you ever considered the alternatives? More and more people now choose Artificial Grass as a very convincing alternative to having to mow the lawn – especially if they own dogs who want to dig up a real lawn. You could also consider replacing sections of lawn with gravel beds and raised planters so that you can still have greenery without being tied to mowing the lawn all the time. Gravel also allows rainfall to drain away, making it a more ecologically sound alternative to hard, non-porous surfaces. It can also function very effectively to put off potential burglars, as their footsteps can clearly be heard on the approach to your property!
Go For A Wilder Approach
One hot trend in landscaping at the moment, if you don’t mind a little chaos, is to create a wildflower meadow in part or the whole of your garden. All you need to do is plant some seeds for the kind of native plants that bees and butterflies love and leave mother nature to do the rest. Let the grass grow long and give the land over to nature. Of course, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it can be very pretty, and it’s great for encouraging local biodiversity.