Perhaps the most common request of today’s garden clientele is “low-maintenance.” This can have a variety of different meanings to the ear of a Garden Designer. For one, it can mean “I want it to look pretty on its own,” or “I want to spend time relaxing in my garden, not working.” But whatever the interpretation, one thing is key to a low maintenance garden, design. Yes, design. My favorite thing.
Effective low-maintenance is all about design. Design provides structure for your plants and your hardscape that will last. A low-maintenance landscape is a lasting landscape. Whether or not you hire a Garden Designer or Landscape Architect, it is important to have a plan for your garden space, and make it your own. Your style and taste should be realized in your garden. It is your space!
So, here are some key ideas to use and remember when working towards a low-maintenance garden.