The idea of maintaining a garden can feel overwhelming – many of us live busy lives even without an added list of outdoor chores. But with a few clever tricks, you can achieve a beautifully low-maintenance garden without sacrificing class and style. Whether you’re retired and spend all your time with friends and your grandkids or have a busy work life, your outdoor space can still look amazing without all the hassle.
Read on to learn our top tips on how to design your low-maintenance garden.
1.Use a variety of materials for your lounging areas.
Add a variety of different seating areas or “outdoor rooms”. You could have a patterned parasol, umbrella, or gazebo beside a sofa made with reclaimed wood and decorated with soft cushions on a deck in a southern corner, and a timeless bench and statue on a paved area in another.
2. Invest in some hardy furniture.
This doesn’t mean you have to buy ugly, industrial-looking furniture. Garden furniture made from metal, teak, or is low maintenance as you can leave it outside year-round. With outdoor furniture, you can echo the style you’ve chosen for your living and dining room. You can also use the furniture as an opportunity to flex those design muscles and create something entirely different to the interior of your home! Just make sure your furniture is from a reputable company that specializes in long-lasting outdoor furniture.
3. If you want to use your garden extensively, install a patio
You can choose from natural stone, cobbles, porcelain, Indian sandstone, block or brick paving, and slate among several others. A patio provides a sleek and clean look, bridging the gap between the great outdoors and your cozy home. When you trust SE Landscapes with your patio, you can also trust that you’ll have something truly unique. Every paved garden and patio we install is designed to match each client’s requirements and the space they have at their disposal.
4. Install a deck so that you no longer have to worry about keeping the grass tidy!
Decking is one of the best ways to keep a garden low maintenance. You can still add large potted plants for a verdant garden look, but your foliage will be as controlled and intentional as you want it to be. Decking also adds a sense of class and comfort. When done right, decking can add value to a home and can be a great way to make use of sloped or uneven terrain, while making the most of any view you have from the back of your home. With steps and stilts, we can create levels within your garden, giving a uniform feel. We also offer various design extras such as pergolas, balustrades, and privacy screens if you want to take your deck to the next level.
5. Soften hard landscaping with plants and flowers.
Paving, fencing, and decking generally all stay clean without looking dull, but if you’re worried about it looking uninteresting, you can create a contrast with luscious flowers and plants. Few things go better together than a hard and sleek surface and a luscious bush of stunning perennials. Ferns, hibiscus, and geraniums are some of the best low-maintenance flowers if you’re happy to have a relatively soft scent. If you want something that smells a little more herbaceous, you could also go with some rosemary or lavender for a year-round splash of color and a beautiful botanical scent!
6. Install artificial grass
With artificial grass, you can maintain the look of a luscious garden without the effort! Our artificial grass is pet-friendly, child-friendly, allergy-free, and UV-stabilized. It’s soft and springy yet hard-wearing. It won’t turn yellow or wear out over the years, plus it’s water-resistant, flood-proof, and self-draining. And on the few days when England sees the sun, your artificial grass won’t scorch or burn. Artificial grass promises longevity without the mud and mess!
7. Transform the outside of your home with brickwork to complement your garden.
The walls that surround a garden are almost as important as what’s inside, and a brick exterior lends a classic feel to any home. It’s a perfect long-lasting solution as a boundary fence and will give you a stronger sense of privacy.
8. If you have a large outdoor space, build walls, fences or screens to create distinct sections.
Walls, fences or screens can be used to divide your garden into an eating area, a storage area or even a flower bed with somewhere cozy to sit at the end of a summer evening. Retaining walls constructed from sleepers or brickwork can also be effective in a sloping garden where you can create levels and even add height to your garden.
9. Revamp your driveway so it matches the beauty of your front garden.
A home’s driveway is often overlooked even though it’s the first thing we see when we enter someone’s home. Whether you’re worried about weeds taking over your garden or want something easy to maintain, block paving is ideal for your driveway. Block paving is durable, cost-effective, and attractive, not to mention the variety of driveway paving you can choose from. Every block paving driveway we create is custom designed and tailored to upgrade our clients’ homes and property value.
10. Keep your garden private with a classy fence.
You can choose any color, style, and height you’d like. The main thing is that you’re keeping your beautiful garden to yourself!
At SE Landscapes, we install various fencing options including:
11. Go all in and have your garden redesigned.
A well designed and built garden can add up to 15% to your home’s overall value. There are limitless options when it comes to design and the materials to choose from, it just depends on how extensive you want the garden redesign to be. We take care of everything, from concept to completion. We conduct a site survey to identify topography, sun and wind patterns, and existing site conditions. Our design team can then develop a suitable 2D or even 3D design, taking into account hard landscaping elements like fencing, paving, decking, patios, and soft landscaping elements. We then begin transforming your garden, promising to leave it clean and tidy so you can enjoy it straight away!
If you love entertaining and feel like your garden needs a fresh start, reach out to SE Landscape Construction Ltd in Chelmsford. We are a multi-award-winning, Essex-based landscaping and paving contractors. Our experienced landscaping team transforms dull gardens and outdoor spaces into beautiful spaces, ideal for barbecues, family gatherings, and relaxing.
We specialise in hard landscaping and are proud to offer various landscaping and professional design services. We can work to develop your dream garden, from the first idea to the finished product. We work with paving and driveways, proudly serving our clients throughout Essex. For more information or to contact us about your project, click here.