Between work, home and the general busyness of life, who has the time -or even the energy – for the upkeep of a perfectly-manicured garden? Combining smart design and planting can cut out the hard work and help you create a no-effort outdoors area with wow-factor.
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This garden is situated on a slight hill and was once mainly lawn with a single path through the centre. Landscaping the space into three level tiers has now created interest and the illusion of er space – tiers are also easier to plant and maintain than a sloping lawn that needs mowing!
RAISE THE BEDS
Elevating the beds means you don’t need to bend down to tend to plants and can dig at a comfortable height. Raised beds improve drainage as the soil doesn’t get too waterlogged. Adding a layer of gravel or wood chippings will keep the beds looking tidy, while also preventing weeds from growing.
Low-maintenance evergreens and perennials will provide year-round interest and they only need the occasional prune or tidy-up. Indigenous plants are a low-maintenance choice and, if you have a small space, choose smaller-leafed plants, as large leaves can make your garden look more compact. Use containers to bring in seasonal colour and group them together for easy watering.
Eco rubber planter, R95, Weylandts No corner of this design is wasted — here, a simple wooden is tucked bebetween raised bebeds
LINK THE OUTDOORS TO THE INDOORS
When planning your outdoor space, choose a wall colour that works with your interior scheme for a seamless indoor-outdoor feel. Don’t forget to match the materials used in both spaces, too – this can make both of the areas appear a bit bigger. Choose outdoor furniture that’s made to weather and won’t need to be painted or varnished regularly.
FAKE A LAWN OR LAY PAVERS
Artificial grass is the ultimate easy-care option (no mowing, no water, no fertiliser required, and no muddy footprints on the kitchen floor!) – and the latest products look so realistic. Try DuraTurf Artificial Grass from Belgotex (from R300 per square metre). Putting in paved spaces and pathways will eliminate any fussing with the lawn. Slate and slabs are easier to clean than decking, and won’t need to be raked in place like gravel.
CREATE A SPOT FOR DINING
An outdoor dining area is perfect for summer entertaining (or relaxing!), and a tiled surface makes clean-ups a breeze. Want to fake the look of a colourful garden? Plant-filled pots and planters will do the trick. Add a braai for less mess indoors, and choose flooring and furniture that can withstand outdoor wear and tear.
BRING IN A WATER FEATURE
If you want to add the soothing effects of running water to your garden but don’t want the hassle of regularly cleaning and weeding a pond, try a simple water feature. Here, a modern water blade – set into a stone veneer wall and combined with an LED colour-changing light strip – creates a low-effort, eye-catching focal point, and drowns out surrounding noise in an urban garden.
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