If only someone could make gardening easier

make midlife gardening easier

The calendar says we’re into spring in my part of the world, but the cold wind outside makes that hard to believe.  Still, I’m optimistically hoping that the warmer weather and greening effects that come with spring are not far away.

Spring!  That most wonderful of seasons!  Signs of new life everywhere.  Animals (and people) coming out of winter hibernation.  Flower blooms starting to appear.

I don’t know about you but with spring my thoughts turn to gardens.  I love gardens. What I don’t love is the work involved in making and maintaining a beautiful garden.  If only someone could make gardening easier!

You may have heard of the “low maintenance garden”.   Sounds like a fabulous concept – I just don’t know how you would get one.

Seems like you still need to figure out which of the thousands of plants at the nursery, all with strange latin names,  you should buy.  Then figure out what plants go where in your garden, sun or shade-loving, whether your soil is right; water, weed, prune – but not too much!  Oh, my head starts hurting just thinking about it!

It’s about that point I sit down and wonder how much it would cost to just cover it all with paving stones.

But, there is no need to go to that extreme.  Help is available.

One book that caught my attention is Gardening from a Hammock – How to create a low-maintenance garden by Ellen Novack and Dan Cooper.  The authors interviewed 17 gardening experts to get their tips on how to build a low-maintenance garden.

The experts’ showcase different styles of gardens.  The idea is that you browse through and then determine which style you’re most drawn to.  That may then be the model for your new garden.

There is also a helpful list of the top 10 most frequently chosen low-maintenance plants selected by the experts.   Very helpful indeed!

And finally, all the experts’ suggested plants are brought together in a ‘Botanical Reference Guide’ at the back of the book. The guide includes a photo and key information on each plant, including the botanical name (i.e. the strange latin name) and common name, size estimates, hardiness and some planting and use guidelines.

If you think this might be of use to you, check it out here.

The authors also maintain a website which you may choose to visit for more information.

Happy planting!


A writer, actor, singer, private pilot and keen traveller. Formerly in banking industry in various head office roles including data analytics and risk management. Love music, art, theatre, film, food and experiencing new places.

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