9 Simple Steps to Create a Low Maintenance Garden

Today’s post is all about giving you ideas and tips on how to create your very own low maintenance garden – something that’s very dear to my heart

Image: Solus Decor

Life is very busy for families and if you don’t spend a lot of time on your garden it can easily get out of control. It can cost you time and money. 

The ideal solution for those that love to spend time relaxing and enjoying their outdoor space is to design and create a garden that’s easy to maintain and doesn’t take hours of weeding and mowing every week. 

With that in mind, here are my top tops for helping you create that perfect low maintenance garden. 

How to Plan and Create a Low Maintenance Garden

Install Easy to Look After Grass

The lawn is perhaps the place most people spend the majority of their time.

The problem here is that more often than not, it is not something they enjoy doing.

A great way to get rid of this is to have a product like Easigrass installed.

Artificial grass is especially great for those who have pets or children who like to play outside. The ideal factor about false grass is that it looks great all the time, and will also lasts years and years.

If you have the outlay it’s a great investment for your easy to manage garden. 

Consider a Low Maintenance Garden Deck

A deck is wonderful, as it allows you to grow your living space into your garden.

You can set it up however you wish, perhaps creating a dining room, or making it into a lounge area.

A composite deck looks great, you won’t have to constantly weed it, and it will be low maintenance in your garden for years. 

Bring On the Mulch

One of the biggest issues with your garden is likely to be around your garden beds.

While they may look lovely, they probably provide you with enough weeds and stray grass for a lifetime. I know this is definitely the case with mine!

The good news is that you can purchase products that stop the weeds from growing ans spreading. 

One such example is mulch, which is great, because it lasts about a year meaning it won’t take bags of time to renew each season.

This is another ideal way to help create that low maintenance garden we all crave. 

Low Maintenance Edging

If mulch isn’t right for the style of your garden, consider gravel or crushed stone for your garden beds.

It’s a great long term solution for minimising grass areas, adding texture and interest with a product that won’t degrade with the weather.

We are about to replace all of our gravel after 15 years. 

Create Low Maintenance Pathways

blue and white diamond path to a front doorImage: Walls and Floors

If you like to break up the lines in your garden, whilst also using a material that is hard-wearing consider creating paths with cobblestones or paving stones.

It’s a great way to add a design element to your low maintenance space and it gives the garden a more sophisticated feel. 

Choose styles that enhance your current space and suit your personality as well as those that are easy to install. 

Wildflowers – Perfect in a Low Maintenance Garden

Wildflowers are great because not only do they look beautiful, but more often than not, all they need is some sun and water to thrive.

Create and design a wildflower area in your low maintenance garden and you’ll have something pretty to admire when you relax in our outdoor space.

Easy to Maintain Shrubbery

If you can pick plants that are not too picky when it comes to the conditions they can thrive in, you’re well on your way towards a low maintenance garden.

Evergreen shrubbery is just that! It’s great for providing your space with some structure and for filling out any bare spots. 

Usually all they take is a little trimming back once and year and you’re all set. They really are easy to care for plants. 

Plan for the Long Term

Design your garden with ease of use in mind. 

Use plants that take very little care and attention of course and you’re halfway to your own low maintenance outdoor space. 

A wonderful example is lavender which looks gorgeous and fills the air with a glorious fragrance. 

Since it keeps coming back, you won’t have to worry about planting it again the following year. 

Keep It Contained

A selection of garden plant containers with low maintenance plantsImage: Dobbies

Planning a low maintenance garden has to include plant pots and containers.

Keeping plants contained and making them easy to move around means your garden is simple to care for and can be flexible to your needs.

When choosing your containers, select a small colour palette to work with – go for brights if that suits your style, or more natural earthy tones for a harmonious look. 


Having a beautiful garden doesn’t necessarily mean spending all your free time working in it. With these tips, you’ll very quickly create the low maintenance garden of your dreams. 


9 simple and easy tips to help you plan and create a low maintenance budget - even if on a budget. With ideas for plants, landscaping, borders and gravel as well as artificial grass, these are simple, child-friendly ideas you don't want to miss. #easygarden #gardendesign #lowmaintenancegarden #budgetgarden #lovechicliving

Jen x

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