LOW MAINTENANCE GARDEN DESIGN LONDON
Low maintenance garden designs are often seen as harsh and unsympathetic spaces that little character or appeal. Many of our clients initially think that they will have to compromise on colour and foliage in a low maintenance garden design however we can design gardens with lots of year round interest that will not need regular upkeep or garden maintenance. Our vast experience of working with clients who have busy professional and family lives allows us to develop a low maintenance garden design that will suit the outside space that you are looking to achieve from the level of maintenance required, the type and style of planting and garden features and the purposes that the garden will be used for.
Plant selection is an important part of creating a low maintenance garden design that will look great all year round and ‘feel like a garden’ rather than a yard. Our experience of designing low maintenance gardens means we know which plants and landscaping products are going to stand the test of time, children, pets and ultimately neglect! Many of our clients use our follow up one off ‘garden tidy up’ or regular garden maintenance service. For small garden designs this is usually not more than 2 or three times a year for a quick trim back and freshen up.
LOW MAINTENANCE FAMILY GARDEN DESIGN
For low maintenance family garden designs we try to use an interesting mix of plants that will look good all year with some more colourful summer specimens with scent that can take care of themselves and encourage children to take an interest in the garden. Artificial grass is an increasingly popular choice for family gardens as product development has created some very realistic and high quality grass surfaces that can be used all year round and still allow excess rainwater to drain away. These artificial lawn products also have excellent ‘wear and tear’ including use by pets and installation is guaranteed for eight to 10 years.
LOW MAINTENANCE URBAN GARDEN DESIGNS
Low maintenance urban garden designs often take the form of contemporary spaces with evergreen planting and hard surfaces. Using strong, clean lines is a great way to maximise a small garden design and is always a good way of ensuring that the garden design will not date quickly if natural materials and well chosen plants are used. One of the most common mistakes that we see in other low maintenance urban garden designs is the use of very light coloured surfaces that absorb dirt and pollution. Although these can be kept in peak condition if cleaned regularly, they are very hard to clean and keep looking good if leaves and debris are allowed to fall on them and not be cleared regularly.
LOW MAINTENANCE ROOF GARDEN DESIGNS
Low maintenance roof garden designs are the most common type of garden design that we create that ultimately do not require and gardening. We use extremely tough plants that can stand harsh conditions such as wind and drought whilst keeping a strong architectural impact. We carefully formulate the planting mixes for the containers to allow plants to thrive and to meet required weight restrictions. Automatic watering systems are installed where possible to take further maintenance requirements away from our clients. Many herbs are great for creating low maintenance planting schemes for roof gardens as the aromatic oils held in the leaves protect the plants from moisture loss and the different foliage shapes of plants such as Rosemary and Sage look great all year round.
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