Maintenance Free Garden

Gardening can be difficult at times, some plants are so fragile it seems like they need constant care and attention to stay alive and some tasks can be very physically demanding – and no one wants that, right? So to dispel the myth that the only way to keep your garden lush, green and more importantly - alive is by hard labour, here are some of the best plants you can trust to get your garden looking great that require little to no maintenance in the long term.

Bay Tree:

The Bay tree although technically a herb is particularly hardy, as they can survive outdoors in temperatures as low as -5°C, and even lower temperatures if rooted in a sheltered area. You can often buy them potted from garden centres and not only makes your garden look more exotic, but also yields fresh bay leaves that are a sure-fire way to make your home cooking even more delicious.

Hanging Baskets:

Available from any local garden centre in a wide range of colours and sizes, hanging baskets are simply fixed to a wall mount and instantly brighten up any garden in an instant. Although many hanging baskets will come with a bracket to attach to a wall or fence of your choice, it is very likely you already have at least one attached to your home.

The most amount of work you will have to do to maintain hanging baskets is to water them during dry periods – depending on your local climate, you may not even have to do that as will likely be more than enough to sustain your hanging baskets all year round.

Wildflowers:

The clue is in the name on this one, ‘wild’ meaning that normally these flowers can cope well enough on their own and so will surely manage to do so in your garden! Although wildflower is an umbrella term, there are countless species with a wide variety of looks, you are bound to find the right ones for you and your garden. If you prefer a longer lawn, you can even get wildflower turf online delivered right to your door from several UK turf suppliers. This turf is usually species rich and has a nice variety of species and will only need mowing every few weeks.

Root Veg:

Root vegetables such as potatoes & carrots are among the easiest and lowest maintenance vegetables you can grow at home – after all, they grow underground. Before you start planting, just make sure you dig a small trench and leave plenty of room for each seed for when you first plant them. If you have nice, fertile soil and plenty of rainfall – you can’t really go wrong on this one.

Water Feature:

Fish-free ponds or water features are often self-regulating meaning by nature they won’t need much outside interference. Just ensure that any ponds are deep enough – as you may have to keep topping up shallow ponds to prevent them from drying out.

Before you go adding fish, be aware any living things will require pump & filter maintenance. Fish–free ponds require zero maintenance and are less prone to any problems from weed or algae.

Shrubs:

Rather than opting for flower beds or borders around your garden – why not plant shrubs? These simple plants require extremely low maintenance and deal well with low sunlight areas of the garden. The only maintenance you will ever have to do with garden shrubs is to trim them every year or whenever they begin to get out of hand.

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