With spring in the air, gardening, landscaping, and any reason to be outside is on everyone’s mind. While gardening is often a relaxing endeavor, it can be time-consuming. When we don’t have the time to invest in creating the outdoor oasis of our dreams, it can be tempting to do nothing at all. Instead, here are some low maintenance ideas that can help you create a beautiful outdoor space even if you do not have much time to invest.
Potted plants make a beautiful addition to porches, decks, and walkways. They are easy to maintain, and you can use a wide variety of things as planters. Using containers for your plants lets you move items around easily, so you can redesign your garden space anytime you want. One of the best advantages of using potted plants is that you don’t have to worry about weeds.
A fresh coat of paint on an old ladder can turn it into a fantastic plant holder. Use containers that fit well on the steps, use hanging baskets secured to the sides, or a combination of the two. This design allows you to upcycle an unused ladder while providing a unique focal point for your potted plants. If you enjoy fresh herbs, this would also make an excellent idea for a herb garden.
Old or new shudders, leaned against an exterior wall, can make a great centerpiece. Fill the slats with succulents or moss for a rustic look. This idea works great as a backdrop for your other potted plants.
There is no limit to the number of creative things you can do with landscaping stones. Create an edge around a small herb garden, or use large rocks to delineate a small area of your backyard. Then use small rocks to create an artistic display or write the names of your family. You can use stones purchased for the purpose or collect rocks and stones from the area around you.
Use colorful flat stones to create a spiral mosaic walkway. You can let your imagination go wild in choosing what design or colors you would like to use, and the walkway can be any length. You can use the spiral mosaics sporadically to add visual interest to a plain stone walkway.
Plant trailing periwinkle. Periwinkle has a well-earned reputation as one of the most low maintenance, hardy, flowering plants you could ever add to a garden. The trailing variety provides evergreen ground cover that chokes out weeds and provides a burst of color from mid-spring to late summer. Periwinkle attracts butterflies, so they are an added attraction in enjoying your time outdoors.
Wildlife of all types adds interest and appeal to any landscape. Install a birdbath, and hang a functional birdhouse and a couple of feeders in your backyard. All of those elements will add visual appeal that draws the eye, but the birds will be the stars of the show. Put these near a sitting area in your outdoor space, as it can become addicting to sit and watch the birds entertain.
Install mulch beds around your outdoor living space. Mulch breaks down to fertilize plants, reduces weeds, and provides visual appeal. It is also less work than grass and can reduce the time it takes to mow by doing away with the need to use a trimmer around fences or patios. As a bonus, mulch provides a pleasant aroma.
Plant lavender around porches, decks, and patios. The hardy plant comes back year after year and requires minimal upkeep and watering. The fragrant smell is calming for people and acts as a natural mosquito repellant.
Create crushed stone beds. Crushed stone has a nice clean look, and it is also a great way to treat areas in your yard where stagnant water tends to gather. The stone never has to be replaced, so it looks crisp and neat on its own, or it can serve as a lovely backdrop for other plants.
Put mulch in your beds before planting, and around trees. mulch prevents weed growth, so the more, the merrier for making your lawn as low maintenance as possible. Combining ideas, you can create a mulch border along a fence and then add pretty landscaping stones.
Plant your beds with perennials that will come back year after year. Choose low maintenance evergreen shrubs that will leave your landscape looking done with minimal maintenance and fuss.
Designate a part of your property to “remain wild.” Allowing one spot to remain in its natural state will give a woodland look to your outdoor space, attract wildlife, and require almost no maintenance. These spots are particularly inviting for wildlife if you have a natural stream or an installed water feature. Though it may seem counterintuitive at first, the place where you do the least can easily become the most beautiful spot in your garden.