Low maintenance large garden

A common challenge, a large front garden but the family spends all its time in the back garden.

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How to make a delightful but low-maintenance garden? Small shrubs, statement pots, gravel paths and a compelling feature tree is a good start.

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The central feature has gentle palette of purple silver and green, all achieved with low maintenance small-scale shrubs.


New gates and gravel add elegance while drawing the plants and house into a harmonious whole.

Alan Gay front lawn and hedge

York stone walls are a delight and will be doubly so when this photinia hedge fills out. The flashes of red against green providing the perfect foil to the gentle harmonies of the stone.

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The perfect centre piece of this pretty new garden this eastern redbud (cercis canadensis) will be a thrilling splash of vibrant blue-ish pink flowers in the spring.

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The bold simple planting of white narcissus completes a lovely series of echoes and rhymes; the gravel to the york stone, the curved outer beds to the new feature bed, the white of the house to the daffodils. A subtle set of calls and responses worthy of a zen garden!