It’s not hard to create green places for reluctant gardeners

Relaxing in the garden is a great way to unwind and escape from the stress, but for some people, caring for the garden is stressful in itself.  Lack of space, lack of time, physical limitations and indeed lack of confidence are all cited as reasons for not gardening.

Sadly, when gardening seems like a chore, the householder all too often turns to stone.  Paving, gravel or maybe decking are seen as easily maintained, all weather surfaces; which of course they are.  In my opinion, they’re also quite dull.  They don’t change with the seasons, they don’t attract interesting wildlife, there’s no movement, no scent and no productivity.

Here are two planting solutions that can bring interest into the garden without making a whole lot of work

Mixed sedum plants make great groundcover

Images of sedum plants used as ground cover.  Using mixed species gives a longer flowering period and some interesting textures.  Pebbles work well with sedums, the plants also look good growing between paving stones or stepping stones.

Sedum plants are incredibly easy to care for. All they need is a sunny spot and a little bit of growing medium and they’ll thrive. Sedums are drought tolerant, have flowers that are irresistible to butterflies and many of them keep their leaves all year round.

Using Enviromat sedum matting, these pretty little plants can be established into the garden in just a couple of hours. I can promise you too, that you won’t feel as though you’re gardening. Installing this matting is more of a DIY job.

Download free guide to using sedum matting as ground cover

Create a wildflower meadow for the ultimate in easy care gardening

When it comes to easy gardening, nothing beats a wildflower garden.  Native plants are the ones that have been growing in this country since the ice-age. They’re really well adapted to our climate and so they don’t need to be mollycoddled in any way shape or form.

A wildflower meadow can be a great substitute for a lawn, will definitely help to absorb rainwater and lessen the risk of flooding and it looks sooooo good.

Managing a wildflower meadow is simple, especially if you like big tools. All you need to do is let the plants finish flowering and then choose a lovely warm summers day to chop everything down. You can use a strimmer; but there are grass cutting tools out there that will do the job much better. Leave the clippings to dry for a couple of days, then remove them. They can go on the compost heap or be fed to pets such as guinea pigs or rabbits.

Here’s a short video to show you just how easy it is to create a wildflower meadow