Consider creating a more contemporary garden
Whether you’re a landlord, tenant or homeowner, we all have one thing in common: 24 hours in each day. What we do with our time is different, but there’s a high chance you don’t have ample hours to prune, weed or water an array of plants. (Or have trouble enticing tenants to do so!)
Nonetheless, most people love to have their own outdoor sanctuary. So, if you’re more interested in spending time relaxing in your garden than tending to it, these tips are for you.
1. Choose Tasmanian native plants
Native plants are always going to be equipped to handle the local conditions, including Tassie’s frosty winter mornings. Plus, there’s a wide variety available, from perennials and shrubs to trees of all sizes.
Consider Australian native flowers such as kangaroo paws or pigface for your garden beds to add a pop of colour. The vibrant flowers come in a variety of shades of orange, pink, red, white, yellow and even a combination. Grevilleas, banksias, wax flower and mint bushes are fantastic native shrubbery options.
If you’re looking for a statement plant, the Gymea Lily and grass trees are hard to go past. Dwarf Limelight acacia and native tussock grass, on the other hand, can add a soft and luscious feel to your outdoor area.
2. Slow and steady
If you prefer low maintenance, choose plants that grow slow and steady. You won’t want anything that requires mammoth amounts of water and nutrients and quickly takes over your backyard. You also might not appreciate cleaning up the excessive leaf litter every autumn from deciduous plants. Slow-growing evergreen varieties such as succulents, on the other hand, will leave you with little to worry about.
3. Limit the variety
Different plants require different attention. It can be hard enough finding the time to water a variety of plants, let alone learning and remembering which ones you need to tend to and when. If you’re limited on time, reduce the range of plants in your garden to five to 10. You’ll come to know what each one needs in no time. Buying in bulk may also reduce your initial outlay.
4. Inhibit unwanted weeds
Now that you’ve chosen your slow-growing, evergreen, native plants, it’s time to prevent undesirable sprouting. Unwelcome plants and weeds can be frustrating, and it takes time to keep them under control.
Mulch is a fantastic option to keep your garden low maintenance as it inhibits the growth of anything unwanted. Plus, it comes in a variety of shades, so you can create the perfect look and feel in your garden. You will, however, need to reapply it every so often.
If you’re short on time to do this, consider a gardening company who can deliver and install it for you. That way, you can come home to a revitalised garden without lifting a green thumb. We love using the family-run team at Diverse Garden Care & Maintenance.
If you’re not keen on the look (or smell) of mulch, pebbles and gravel have become a popular replacement. Although it may cost slightly more in the short-term, maintenance will be lower in the long run.
5. Minimise mowing
Sure, it’s nice to have a lush lawn to laze about on in summer, but if you haven’t taken care of it, it won’t be as enjoyable. One of the easiest ways to create a more low-maintenance garden is to cut down on your cutting time. In other words, replace your grass. Patio stones, pavers or a modern timber deck can create a more versatile outdoor entertaining area (stilettos don’t sink in stone!).
Concrete, brick and stone pavers are popular due to their versatility and durability. Plus, it doesn’t take much to maintain them. If you opt for a deck, the timber will still require some annual attention. You may need to stain or reseal the timber to protect it from the elements. If you want to build a deck that requires as little care as possible, consider using a composite material.
If you don’t want to sacrifice a green outlook, astroturf could be your best option. No more mowing, watering or fertilising your grass. All it will need is a shake every so often, and you’ve got an area that could pass as pristine lawn.
Irrigation can be expensive, but as they say, “time is money”, and time certainly accumulates when you need to water your garden regularly. If you can afford the outlay, invest in an irrigation system to take your backyard from low-maintenance to no-maintenance (well, close to it, anyway).
While you’re re-designing your outdoor areas, why not consider growing some herbs as well? What herbs grow in Tasmania highlights the must-have herbs that are hardy enough to survive the cooler Tassie weather.
Finding a local nursery
Native low-maintenance plants are going to save you time and money in the long-run. If you buy from a local nursery, it will ensure your plants are genuinely grown locally and will support our local economy. Plus, teaming up with a local nursery means they can help you find what you need and understand how to care for your chosen plants.
A quick Google search of ‘native plant nursery, Tasmania’ brings up a long list of places to explore. For your convenience, we’ve listed some nurseries below from a variety of areas in Greater Hobart.
Near Huonville, Tasmania
“Julies Nursery is a small, dedicated plant nursery with a great range of high-quality stock of all types and maturities. The nursery is owned and operated by Julie, a 30+ local with a passion for all things plants and trees.”
“We’re a small plant nursery situated in the beautiful Huon Valley in southern Tasmania. We love native plants and have a large range of them available. They are ideally suited to the conditions and climate. They usually don’t need to be watered anymore once established, which makes them an excellent choice.”
Near Kingston, Tasmania
“Leslie Vale Nursery specialises in Tasmanian and Australian native plants”
“Hi, I’m David Drysdale. My passion is growing top-quality, advanced trees for both domestic and commercial landscapes. Our main aim is to grow the best-advanced trees and shrubs possible and save you money, while only selling you the best plants for your garden.”
Near Hobart, Tasmania
“Plants of Tasmania Nursery specialises in growing and selling plants native to the island state of Tasmania. We stock over 500 species and varieties, from small groundcovers to Eucalyptus regnans, the world's tallest flowering plant.
“The nursery is located in Ridgeway in bush surroundings, 15 minutes from the centre of Hobart. It has dedicated coastal, rainforest, ferns and alpine sections. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide advice on the plants that will suit your garden.”
Near Brighton (north of Hobart)
“Granton Plants grows and stocks an extensive range of native and exotic quality trees, shrubs and grasses. All of our plants are grown tough and ready for Tasmanian conditions.”
“Welcome to Wildseed Tasmania; collectors, distributors and exporters of the largest range of Tasmanian native seeds available online. The nursery is open to the public by appointment. View and make a selection from our wide range of plants that are suitable for a home garden, farm windbreak or soil erosion rehabilitation.”
Tasman Peninsula, South-East Tasmania
“Frog Hollow Nursery grows Tasmanian and Australian natives, heirloom food garden plants, and a beautiful range of Proteas. We are a small, family-run, off-grid, eco-conscious business located on the stunning Tasman Peninsula, in South-East Tasmania.”