As climate change wreaks havoc on gardens, with high temperatures and either low or high rainfall, designing a low-maintenance garden makes a lot of sense. Gravel paths and walkways allow for natural drainage and reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season, while hardscapes and raised beds create a garden that is easy to maintain.
Brick walls and raised beds surround a flagstone entrance that is colourful and appealing. A fountain provides local wildlife such as birds and butterflies with a constant supply of water and cools the area on hot summer days. Water trickles down the side of a large pot into a rock bed into a collection area to be re-siphoned back into the fountain.
Features such as birdbaths or fountains are a perfect way to incorporate water as an element within your design. This landscaping style has increased in popularity within residential landscapes because it conserves water, while having a unique rustic appeal. If you do decide to use water in your design, use it sparingly to make a big impact.