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Design a Low-Maintenance Garden

Posted by Laila Conlon on 21 Apr, 2014
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156As 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.

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