Maintenance Free Garden Ideas | Our Garden Tour

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Jun 09, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

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When we purchased our current home, I was completely overwhelmed with the gardens. The previous owner  was retired & enjoyed gardening. Neighbors say she spent her days deadheading, pruning, eliminating weeds before purchasing a second home out of state. When we moved in, the flowerbeds were unkempt & just as wild as all of the vines covering the house. Our first water bill nearly made me pass out! We took a deep breath, adjusted the sprinkler system & designed a plan that we would implement over the next few years – after ripping out a large portion of the landscaping. Today I’m sharing my favorite maintenance free garden ideas with a tour of how we transitioned ours. Okay, I know nothing is truly maintenance free, but these flowers & shrubs require extremely minimal effort & a lot of beauty!

One area we haven’t touched is the rose & peony garden. It’s not polished, but I really enjoy the bountiful blooms & just trim it back once a year. It also includes yuccas, which aren’t Chris’ favorites, but do have pretty blooms & require absolutely nothing.

Ideas & tips for a low maintenance garden

rose garden

Ideas & tips for a low maintenance garden

Roses have also created a natural fence for the girls, just before the woods.

Ideas & tips for a low maintenance garden | rose garden

Ideas & tips for a low maintenance garden

Last year, we built window planters. I filled them with lavender, which you know I love, but this year, it wasn’t available quite as early. These flowers don’t catch a lot of rainfall, but still do well without being watered frequently.

diy window planters

tips for creating a maintenance free garden

One of the perks of having gardens is having flowers at your fingertips. I love creating bouquets or just adding a flower to a bud vase with flowers from our yard. I know I could get more blooms by deadheading & pruning, but I honestly just can’t seem to find the time. Still, many shrubs are forgiving & will even show you favor if you do this after several years of neglect.

tips for creating a maintenance free garden that offers plenty of blooms for in home flower arrangements

Behind the sunroom, there’s a hillside of lilies & wildflowers. It’s my understanding that it was almost completely covered with lilies at one time. To fill in the gaps, I spread seeds for a butterfly garden. It went crazy – crazy beautiful. Sure, weeds join them too, but I cut the most unruly out once or twice a year & just enjoy the view!

creating a butterfly garden | maintenance free gardening ideas

creating a butterfly garden | maintenance free gardening ideas

This is year 3 of the pretty pinks & purples! This is just the start of the season, below, is view from our sunroom captured with an iPhone photo from last year…

create a maintenance free butterfly garden

I’ll update this post in just a week or two when the garden is in full bloom!

lilies - maintenance free garden ideas

Clematis have long been a favorite flower of mine because they are unbelievably easy. My mom had them along her deck & by mid-summer, I was in awe. They, too are a fun addition to a bud vase!

clematis - maintenance free garden ideas

clematis - maintenance free garden ideas

violas - window box ideas for shade

These pretty violas were planted in March & still going strong, receiving water about every other week.

lavender - a low maintenance plant for a pot or a garden

And of course you know my love for lavender. It nearly thrives without care. It requires well drained soil, but little more. It’s strong & drought resistant. Now do you see why I love it? Even better, it keeps mosquitos at bay, so I have lined our patio & porch with it.

Lavender is low maintenance, drought resistant & a natural mosquito repellant

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