Low maintenance landscaping ideas start with how much time and effort you want to put into maintaining the design. Lawns usually require the most maintenance. If you decide that you do want a lawn, then plan for the minimum size needed or downsize the size of your existing lawn to save time. You can also install concrete mowing strips around the perimeter of your lawn which will reduce the amount of time you need to spend on edging. Mulch, gravel or stepping stones are excellent alternatives to lawns and will require very little maintenance.
To save time on the pruning chores that come with any landscape design, select slow growing plants for hedges. You could also plant narrow, upright shrubs and trees is your space is limited.
Planting and maintaining annual flowers can be quite time consuming. Instead consider planting flowering ground covers, shrubs or perennials. Then you can use annuals as a colorful accent plant and not the foundation of your flower beds. Both annuals and perennials can be planted in containers and moved around to add colorful variations to your landscaping.
Choosing drought tolerant plants and flowers will reduce the amount of time that is required for watering. If you do decide to use plants and flowers that have high water requirements, group them in one area. This way you will only need to spend a few minutes a day watering for your plants to thrive.
You can make your landscaping design as low maintenance as you want, depending on how much time you want to spend maintaining the overall effect. You’ll want to be realistic about how much free time you are willing to put into the maintenance. Remember you can always add simple to maintain accents such as potted containers, lawn decorations, and furniture to complete your design without adding additional work for yourself.