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18 easy to manage gardens to save time (and your back)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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garden should be a little piece of outdoor heaven that connects seamlessly to your home, so you don't want it to become a monumental chore to maintain.

Whether you have a petite courtyard or a huge expanse of space, there are some fantastic examples of how you can create a stunning spot that will be easy to manage and a pleasure to tend. No need for a professional gardener here, let's take a look at what you could accomplish!

1. Minimal ground-covering shrubs makes life easy

2. A simple lawn will only need mowing now and then

3. Raised beds and clipped box hedge are super easy to maintain

4. The ultimate in low maintenance, a decked garden with a few potted plants looks amazing!

5. Self-contained borders will only need a perfunctory weeding now and then

6. Trees, evergreen shrubs and grass basically take care of themselves

7. Planters keep everything in check

8. Having just a lawn looks stylish, but requires minimal input

9. Your courtyard can be super simple to maintain if you just go with potted trees

10. Breaking up borders with shingle, terraces and a lawn will make sure nothing gets too overgrown

11. Box hedge topiary looks great and only needs clipping a couple of times a year

12. Make an existing tree the main feature and you will only need to prune the canopy once a year

13. Small but perfectly formed Zen gardens necessitate order, so it will be easy to stay on top of them

14. Eclectic potted plants will only need moving to bigger pots once a year

15. Wall climbers look great and can basically be left to their own devices

16. Simple yet effective, a lawn and a dining terrace need minimal attention

17. Large flowering bushes make a big impact and will only need pruning once a year

18. A concrete patio won't need wedding so you can just focus on pretty pots and hanging baskets!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Top Drawer Little Gardens You Can Copy This Weekend.

Are you happy to take the easy route to garden perfection?
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