Extended living space - Manchester:   by Hannah Collins Garden Design

19 classy gardens that need almost no maintenance

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Let's make life easy for ourselves, shall we? It's hard enough to decorate and furnish a home beautifully, so the last thing any of us needs is a garden that needs constant attention too.

While we could hire gardeners to take care of our outdoor spaces, that can be a costly endeavour, so we think the key to a great garden is creating one that needs little or no maintenance. It's not laziness, it's practicality.

If we're on the same wavelength, take a look at these amazing low-key spaces and see which would work well for you!

1. Minimal greenery means maximum easy enjoyment!

2. A country garden can be left to its own devices

3. Potted trees need a cursory pruning once a year. Easy!

4. Ground covering plants can be left to do what they do best

5. Plants in tall planters and wall coverings only need a little clip now and then to keep their shape

6. Tall hedges need a re-shape once a year and that's a job for the professionals anyway!

Topiary Spheres and a funky hedge: eclectic Garden by Niwaki

7. Don't overlook artificial green walls, Hang them up and you're done, for life

8. Bedded perennials need nothing except the occasional water

IJLA - Chic Garden: modern Garden by IJLA

9. Plenty of shingle means weeds will barely ever pop up

10. Slate chips will make sure you never have to weed again!

11. Courtyard gardens will only ever need a quick pressure wash, as the pots will look after themselves

12. An occasional prune is all you need here

13. Water features need little attention and negate the need for lots of needy plants

14. We could be tempted to replace plants with pretty accessories, but could you?

modern Garden by homify

15. Easy to manage hedges and a media centre? We're sold! We wouldn't even mind wiping the screen once a week

Chelsea Creek - copyright St George Plc: modern Garden by Aralia

16. Skinny borders ensure nothing gets too overgrown

IJLA - Chic Garden: modern Garden by IJLA

17. Perfectly landscaped beds mean you won't get overrun without expecting it

18. A statement lawn will need mowing maybe once every fortnight in summer, and far less in cooler months

19. Who can't handle a couple of pretty potted fruit trees? Just pluck the fruit and you're done!

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Naharro

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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