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Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

Posted by Lisa Pieraccini on 27th Mar 2024

Are you looking to create a functional, good-looking garden that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep? If so, a low-maintenance garden would be the perfect option. In this guide, we'll explore how to design a low-maintenance garden that maximizes the benefits of paving and decorative stones.


As with everything, planning is key to a successful project. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil type, and drainage patterns. By understanding these elements, you can make informed decisions about where to place your hardscaping features to get the best results.

Choose Your Low-Maintenance Materials:

There are many different materials available for your low maintenance garden, from artificial grass, decking, paving and decorative stones.

Natural stone is a popular choice for its timeless beauty and resilience while alternatives like concrete pavers or gravel, offer versatility and easy maintenance.

Create Defined Pathways:

One of the simplest ways to incorporate paving and decorative stones into your garden design is by creating pathways. Pathways add structure to your outdoor space and it’s easy to use paving stones or gravel to delineate pathways, ensuring smooth and stable footing.

Integrate Feature Points:

Beyond pathways, hardscaping features such as patios, seating areas, and retaining walls can enhance the functionality and look of your garden. Incorporate decorative stones as accents or focal points within these features. Contrasting colours of garden stones can really make your garden ‘pop’.

Add Potted Plants to Your Garden:

If you’re choosing a low-maintenance garden then you may not be very green fingered, however if you can introduce a few potted plants into the area you will really lift the tone of your space, and create a garden that you’re able to relax in. 

There are lots of ready-made options to choose from that won’t break the bank, and you can also move them around your garden if you’d like to change it up a bit!

Embrace Minimalist Design:

Keep your garden design simple to minimise maintenance requirements. If you choose to plant areas then opt for a carefully curated selection of low maintenance shrubs, grasses, and perennials. Less is often more.

Implement Weed Prevention Strategies:

Preventing weeds is key to maintaining a low-maintenance garden. Use weed membranes underneath decorative stones to inhibit weed growth. Make sure you ‘point’ your paving with either kiln-dried sand or a jointing compound. As well as keeping the paving stable, these will help prevent weed growth between the slabs. Additionally, regularly inspect your garden for any signs of weeds. Most weeds will be air-borne and easy to pull out before their roots have had time to establish.

Creating a low-maintenance garden doesn't mean sacrificing beauty or functionality. By incorporating paving and decorative stones strategically, you can design an outdoor space that is both visually stunning and easy to maintain.

We supply a large range of decorative stones in various colours and textures that will integrate with almost any project. We supply small bags for the more intricate garden designs, or for touching up and refreshing existing areas. From the angular, sharp features of Grampian Marble to the more natural assortment of beachy colours that make up Moray Pebble, you will be able to find a decorative stone that suits your vision.

With thoughtful planning, quality materials, and small amounts of regular upkeep, your garden will become a peaceful retreat where you can relax and enjoy it – with minimal effort.