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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

2. A perfect path and raised beds

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 Garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

New build replica home set in conservation area

Des Ewing Residential Architects

6. Staggered decking and tall, impactful blooms

modern Garden by EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS
EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS

Vue sur le passage 3 plateformes avec equisetum hyemale (prèles)

EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS

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

modern Garden by EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS
EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS

Zoom terrasse secondaire et spa

EURL OLIVIER DUBOIS

10. Low upkeep shingle displays

12. Raised bed herb garden

13. Zen rockery with a pond

asian Garden by Taffin
Taffin

Jardin japonais à Enghien les Bains

Taffin

14. Nothing but planters!

minimalistic Garden by Skéa Designer
Skéa Designer

Dans un esprit naturel et original

Skéa Designer

17. Symmetrical trees and borders

mediterranean Garden by Meero
Meero

Maison en corse

Meero

18. Extra tall planters

modern Garden by Deck-linéa
Deck-linéa

Palissade IdéAl—Deck-linéa

Deck-linéa

19. Simple front borders

20. A mix of pots and raised beds

Garden design and build courtyard, Bicester, Oxfordshire: classic Garden by Decorum . London
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

modern Garden by ATELIER SO GREEN
ATELIER SO GREEN

Bacs Image'In : Aménagement balcon—terrasse sur mesure

ATELIER SO GREEN

25. Low-level shrubs in beds

26. Integrated pebble beds

27. Slow-growing greenery

28. Easy-to-manage grasses and bench seating

modern Garden by anne-mie aerts
anne-mie aerts

Entre ciel et terre

anne-mie aerts

29. Sporadic beds with slate chippings

New build replica home set in conservation area: classic Garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects
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 Garden by Aralia
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:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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