Depending on what type of gardener you are will dictate the proportion of your time that you want to spend on tending your plants as opposed to relaxing in your green oasis. This article is concerned with the latter type of person and so these twelve designs show ways that the day to day maintenance can be reduced to the minimum. I found this article by Lauren Dunec Hoang on the Houzz website.
The most common request that I, as a garden designer, receive from clients is for a low-maintenance garden. While I may be quick to point out that no garden is no-maintenance, there are indeed some strategies for cutting down on garden chores. Here are 12 ideas to set up your garden to spend less time weeding, mowing and mulching, and more time enjoying the space itself.1. Create outdoor living areas. Extend your living space and options for entertaining in warm weather with outdoor dining areas, lounges and seating nooks around fire pits. Patios, decks and terraces cut down on planting space and lawns to maintain. Not only do these gathering spaces tempt you to be outside enjoying your garden more often, but they also generally require less maintenance than garden beds.2. Lose the lawn or reduce its size. Having fewer grassy areas to care for means less time mowing, fertilizing, weeding and reseeding. If you?re not interested in getting rid of your lawn entirely, consider decreasing its size. In this front yard in upstate New York, the designer reduced the lawn size and carved out space for a satellite patio with a pair of inviting Adirondack chairs.