Some people live to roll up their sleeves and get to work on their gardens every single day, but most of us don't have that much time. Maybe you just want a garden that is more self-sufficient- one that requires less day-to-day care. The good news is that you can still have a beautiful garden even if you don't have a ton of time to devote to it. We've put together a few landscaping tips for a low-maintenance garden to give you some ideas.
Perennials are going to be one of your best allies in planting a low-maintenance garden. Bergenias, hellebores, large sedums and Penstemon make great additions to your landscape. The best part about these perennials is the fact that they also require less water than other plants, making them even more helpful for hands-free gardening. You have many more options that fit these criteria like Achillea, purple coneflowers, rosemary and lavender.
Whether you choose rocks, grass or marble tile, you'll find that using open space can create a great focal point in your garden. There's a zen-like quality in this approach, and it's about as low maintenance as you can get. Consider placing chairs around your open space to give you and your guests a spot to enjoy your garden.
Be creative with what you already have around your garden, whether it be walls, gazebos or lattice fences. You can get the most out of existing structures by hanging plants on them or choosing greenery that will grow vertically alongside a wall, like ivy. Framing your garden in this way maximizes space and often requires less work.
Set up an irrigation system that takes care of the watering for you. Drip systems provide your plants with plenty of irrigation so you don't have to worry about daily watering. It's also a great way to save the amount of water you use, which cuts back on waste and water bills.
Whether you're maintaining several gardens, or lack the time to garden every day, these low-maintenance gardening tips will help you create a great garden without having to worry about a heavy workload.