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Cut-the-cost ideas to beautify your gardens

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If you're keen to create a gorgeous garden but don't want to commit to an extensive programme of gardening, upkeep and maintenance, we've got plenty of inspiration for you here. 

The secret to a usable, beautiful space that doesn't need constant tending is to think about your plant choices carefully and embrace easy-to-clean materials too. Having looked at some of our favourite landscape architect projects, we've discovered all the secrets for planning and executing a simple but effective outdoor space. 

Are you curious to find out more? Then read on and see which of these arrangements could suit you best!

1. Simple trees and pretty lighting

3. A simple lawn and a few pots

4. Minimal plants and good weed control

5. Nothing but turf and paving slabs

New build replica home set in conservation area Classic style garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects Classic
Des Ewing Residential Architects

New build replica home set in conservation area

Des Ewing Residential Architects

6. Staggered decking and tall, impactful blooms

7. Easy-to-shape topiary

8. Mature trees left to their own devices and a simple circular border display

9. A decked terrace and mature shrubs

10. Low upkeep shingle displays

12. Raised bed herb garden

13. Zen rockery with a pond

14. Nothing but planters!

17. Symmetrical trees and borders

Mediterranean style garden by Meero Mediterranean

18. Extra tall planters

20. A mix of pots and raised beds

Garden design and build courtyard, Bicester, Oxfordshire Classic style garden by Decorum . London Classic Wood-Plastic Composite
Decorum . London

Garden design and build courtyard, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Decorum . London

21. As few plants as possible and plenty of seating

22. Shingle, turf and bamboo

23. Ground-covering shrubs and rocks

24. Privacy ensuring trees in pots

25. Low-level shrubs in beds

26. Integrated pebble beds

27. Slow-growing greenery

28. Easy-to-manage grasses and bench seating

29. Sporadic beds with slate chippings

New build replica home set in conservation area Classic style garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects Classic
Des Ewing Residential Architects

New build replica home set in conservation area

Des Ewing Residential Architects

30. Grass and box hedge only

Stortford Road Classic style garden by Aralia Classic Bricks
Aralia

Stortford Road

Aralia

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 cunning ideas to make your garden stand out.

Which of these easy ideas might you try?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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