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Standards flower beds and borders can be difficult to maintain, so opt for shrubs and hedges instead! You will no longer worry about seasonal display maintenance since you can merely run a hedge trimmer around every once in a while.

2. Break up Your Planting Spaces

No garden is complete without plants. However, most of them need constant pruning so you should opt for a low maintenance option: containing them in boxed spaces to lessen the need to check on them regularly.

Compartmentalising your planting space can also make a small garden look bigger. You can either divide it diagonally or create a tiered effect.

3. Grass-Free Small Garden

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Oversized terracotta or plastic planters can contain anything from tomatoes to wildflowers — minus the need to transform an entire garden for every season. Perfect for small gardens, you can use these pots to add seasonal plants to your space and move them out of sight once they have done their thing.

Then, you can refresh your garden with the next season’s top performers — still in containers! Aside from this, pots are also a one-time investment, perfect for small garden ideas on a budget.

5. Window Boxes

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You don’t always need a lawn to create a nice garden — grass even becomes patchy in shaded areas. For lush foliage in your space, plant hostas, sedges, and ferns that thrive with minimal sun.

7. Organise Your Tools

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To provide colour, contrast and ground cover to your small space without the need for much maintenance, plant unfussy perennials. For this, you can’t really beat hardy Geraniums — they bloom for ages, require very little attention and offers a wide range of varieties to choose from.

Below is a list of more low-maintenance plants you can grow in a small garden:

1. Primrose or Primula
2. Hydrangea
3. Begonias
4. Lavender or Lavandula
5. Sunflower or Helianthus annuus
6. Dahlia
7. Cranesbills or hardy geraniums
8. Pelargonium
9. Fuchsia
10. Clematis
11. Lungwort or Pulmonaria
12. Zinnia
13. Sneezewort or Helenium
14. Periwinkles or Vinca
15. Deadnettles or Lamium
16. Perennial sage or Salvia
17. Indian shot or Canna
18. Cosmea, Cosmos bipinnatus
19. Hebe
20. Beardtongue or Penstemon