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How to Create a Low Maintenance Garden with Plants that Spread

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to create an impressive display of colour within your garden is to use plants that naturally spread? When it comes to landscape gardening ideas, it’s also one of the easiest ways of saving money and maintenance time within your garden.

So how can you use spreading plants to your best advantage? Here’s how to create a low maintenance garden with plants that spread. 

Make a Statement with your Outdoor Space

The easiest way to create a low maintenance garden is to make a statement within your outdoor space. By this we mean assessing where you need the most colour and concentrating on that area. For example, if you have a flowerbed which is immediately as you exit your French doors, or which surrounds a patio dining area, then make sure that’s the flowerbed which you fill with spreading flowers.

Colour is key, so choose several feature plants which will attract attention. Large dahlias or swathes of sweet-smelling lavender are ideal. 

Plant with Spread in Mind

Once you’ve decided which flowerbed to concentrate on, you can pretty much let the flowers do all of the hard work for you. Choose plants which self-seed, or those which naturally spread, and you’ll have very little maintenance to do.

Examples of plants that either self-seed, spread or grow to a size which hides a multitude of sins include:

  • Lilies
  • Nasturtiums
  • Japanese anemones
  • Asters
  • Dahlias
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Lavender
  • Candytuft
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Poppies
  • Pig Squeak

With these types of plants, you can almost let the plants themselves do the gardening. Remember to plant plants that will flower at different stages, as this will help to maintain the spread of colour. For example, plant a good array of spring bulbs in autumn, and then top up any gaps in the spring, as this will help to start your garden off well in the early months of the year. Follow this with some summer favourites.

If you’re at all unsure as to which order your plants flower in, or what to plant when, have your garden professionally landscaped by a specialist offering landscape gardening services. 

Create a Garden Focal Point

Once you have one border or flowerbed which is looking striking and colourful, you can then have a think about the rest of your garden. It’s quite easy and effective to repeat the same process, although if you don’t get the same results in other areas, don’t worry too much; the beauty of this way of gardening is to have one bed which does the talking and hides the fact that the rest of the garden may not be quite as pretty.

And if you’re still unsure of how to create the perfect low maintenance garden using plants that spread? Get in contact with D&G Garden World. As experts in landscape gardening we can recommend plants that give you year round coverage and colour in gardens throughout Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch, and create a comprehensive planting plan which is easy to maintain through plants that regulate themselves. Let us spread some love in your garden!