Low maintenance garden ideas: Beautiful gardens, minimum fuss

a modern low maintenance garden idea with artificial grass
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Low maintenance garden ideas have long had appeal as a magical answer to having a stunning garden without the work. While it might not quite be that simple, it can be achieved with planning and careful selection of hard-working plants and durable materials. 

Follow these rules and you can create a stylish garden design packed with interest, without hours of back-breaking work and care.

Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.

He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 

Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.