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Low Maintenance Garden Border Ideas

If you’re looking for a way to find Low Maintenance Garden Border Ideas, consider planting a border of plants. Not only will this spruce up the look of your garden, but it will also make it easier to maintain. The garden design doesn’t have to be a difficult thing, that’s why we at Ultimate Tree Specialist have put in the effort to come up with these brilliant ideas. We have some top tips for you to try out around your garden to make it better catered to you and your lifestyle. Here are our 7 border ideas for easy care garden ideas.

1) Install A Self Watering System

A self-watering system is a great idea for those who work long hours and don’t have the time to make regular trips out to their garden. The systems will automatically water your plants and you can choose whether you’d like it to be done daily, every other day or every few days depending on how often you think your garden needs it.  These systems come in a variety of different designs and price points, but they will give your garden that extra level of care that means you don’t have to. If you’re looking to save some money while doing this tip, one of the best things you can do is use your rainwater harvester. While this does involve a little bit of effort on your part as you have to set up the system and implement it, once it’s done you have nothing else to do from there.

2) Make A Rock Garden

Okay now hear us out… a rock garden can look so absolutely stunning when done properly. If you want to make a rock garden yourself all you’ll really need is some large rocks, soil and of course the plants. You can create one in virtually any shape or size depending on how much space you have available. Once you’ve got this done, simply plant your chosen plants into the area with some mulch around them for protection against the rocks. The great thing about this is that you can plant pretty much anything into a rock garden, so you don’t have to worry about what will and won’t grow. The best thing about this tip is that it’s a rock… which means there’s literally no maintenance whatsoever.

3) Choose A Raised Garden Bed For Easy Access

Raised garden beds have so much advantage over traditional garden beds. For one, they’re protected from pets crawling around them, and two, they look super cute and are so easy to access.  By using raised garden beds, you’re allowing yourself the option of not having to bend down and instead step into the bed to get planting. This will make life a lot easier for those who suffer from bad backs or problems with their joints as it means they won’t get quite such an aching back after spending time in their garden. You can get these beds made to any dimensions you require, which means if you want a small one for your windowsill so you can grow little herbs, or if you have a large enough space to accommodate them, they are perfect.

4) Choose Drought Tolerant Plants

Drought tolerant plants are an excellent idea if you’re looking for a way to easily maintain your garden border. Having to constantly water, fertilise, and prune your garden isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’re writing this blog post; to show you the ways in which you can save time and create a low maintenance garden border.

5) Succulents and Cacti

Succulents and cacti are well known for their drought tolerance and ability to thrive in harsh conditions. The best thing about them is that they look beautiful year-round and have the ability to give your garden the aesthetic touch it’s missing. A garden border is a perfect place for succulents and cacti. Their low water requirements mean you don’t have to spend time on lots of watering, which is great because it means they’re time efficient. They’ll look much more impressive than plain, faded grass though.


Aeonium, also known as the tree houseleeks have flat, saucer-shaped rosettes of shiny foliage. They can grow up to 2m high which is really impressive. These plants are well known for their resilience and beautiful rosettes that can change colour throughout the year.


Agaves need full sun and gritty soil that percolates easily which makes them the perfect candidate for a low maintenance garden border. These plants are most often grown as accents alongside other plants, Agave is a very easy plant to propagate and grow.


Commonly known as a Jade Plant, Lucky Plant or Money Tree (Crassula ovata) this group of plants are super laid back, and their ability to change colour according to the sun makes this plant one of our favourites. It has a lovely lush green colour throughout the colder months, but when exposed to full sun, it develops a beautiful pinky-red hue. You only have to water moderately when this plant is in growth, but more sparingly when dormant (winter) – once or twice a month may be sufficient.


This variety of plant grows in rosette shapes and have pretty leaves that come in a variety of colours. They have a strong tolerance to the sun and harsh conditions. They are native to semi-desert areas which is why it’s made it on this list.

Golden Barrel Cactus

Do you want a resilient plant? Get yourself a cactus. This particular cactus is beautiful year-round and grows slowly. It grows a pale green, barrel-shaped stem sprouting bright golden spines.


Ornamental grasses are an awesome idea for your garden border,  especially if you’re not looking for lots of colour. They will grow tall and provide your garden with some height and green foliage which is great, especially if you’re short on space.

Elephant Grass

Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach.) is a major tropical grass. It is one of the most productive tropical grasses in terms of yield. It’s a quite adaptable plant that grows well under both dry and wet conditions, as well as on a small- to medium-scale or large-scale basis.

Little bluestem

The tough, low-maintenance ornamental grass known as little bluestem is gorgeous in the fall when its tiny, ¼-inch-wide blue-green leaves turn from rust to wine red and it’s thin 2- to 3-inch clusters of fuzzy flower spikelets gleam silvery-white in the light.

Feather reed grass

This type of grass is so hardy and tough that it would continue to thrive even after months of neglect. It doesn’t demand too much care and is used in many landscaping projects. The grass can grow up to 6 feet tall, but given an aesthetically pleasing shape, it can be kept under control by mowing the grass during winter months when it’s not growing.

7) Go For Hardy Perennials

They’re beautiful, resilient and give your garden that “pop” it so desperately needs.  It doesn’t get much better than that! You can add colour to your garden by using reds and oranges which is why we’ve added these plants too.

African lily

The Agapanthus is widely used in Australian gardens and landscapes. They are also known as the African lily or, more popularly, the lily of the Nile. Although tolerant of drought and poor soil, both flower and foliage production improves with moisture and feeding. They perform best in a position in full sun or part-shade in any well-drained soil. 


Acacia, known commonly as mimosa, acacia, thorntree or wattle, is a polyphyletic genus of shrubs. They usually have a vibrant yellow color and can thrive year-round with little to no maintenance.

So, there you have it! Our list of hardy plants that are perfect for your garden border. Not only do they require low maintenance, but they’re also beautiful and resilient – making them the perfect addition to any garden. Have we convinced you yet? If not, take a closer look at each individual plant and see for yourself how wonderful they would look in your landscape. We promise you won’t be disappointed! If you need any help maintaining your garden, call us and we can assist you with any questions you may have.