Holiday home gardening tips

Holiday home gardening tips

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Us Brits are renowned for being a green-fingered bunch and whether you’re handy with horticulture or can’t tell your daffodils from your dahlias, the garden is an area of your holiday home which must be considered carefully.

While many of us would like to have the luxury of time to potter around in the garden every day, the reality is that a couple of hours here and there between changeovers are all we can manage.

So how can you keep maintenance to a minimum while offering guests an attractive outdoor space in which to relax?


A perfectly manicured lawn can take a surprising amount of upkeep, so many holiday home owners choose to replace grass with gravel, paving slabs or decking where possible. This gives the added benefit of extra space for garden furniture and barbecues – an attraction for guest looking to book during the summer months.

In larger gardens where a lawn is desirable, consider taking a low maintenance approach. Turning a blind eye to weeds can keep your lawn looking greener for longer. Letting some grass areas grow long and introducing wildflower plug plants can create a pretty meadow effect. In a larger, woodland-style garden, consider mowing a winding path through to make it more of a feature than just an unmown expanse!

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Flower beds

A common misconception is that flower beds require hours of tending and weeding to keep them looking their best. In fact, if planted correctly they can be a lot less work than lawn, so when you are re-designing your garden make them large and full. A combination of shrubs, bulbs and grasses will offer colour and interest throughout the year with little input.


The bane of every gardener’s existence! The good news is that while weeds can’t be banished completely, they can be suppressed with weed control membrane topped with bark or gravel. Not only does this help limit the growth of weeds, but also makes them easier to remove when they do make an appearance.


A fish-free pond is by far the easiest type to maintain, with no pumps or filters required. When setting it up, choose a tough liner and protect any areas which are out of the water from the sunlight with rocks or plants. Ideally the pond will receive 5 hours of sunshine a day – too much and algae will thrive. The safety of your guests is also an important consideration. If families will be staying, think twice before installing a pond and if you do go ahead, make sure it is well fenced off.

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Things to avoid

Containers might seem like the easy option, but because of watering and repotting, they actually require a lot of maintenance. If you can’t avoid using them, choose large planters which won’t dry out as fast. Steer clear of bedding plants which may try to lure you in with their colourful seasonal displays. Their attractiveness is fleeting and they’ll need watering, feeding and replanting. Fast growing plants and hedges will need more attention than slow growing species so unless you want to be out pruning regularly, it’s best to opt for the latter.

Keep a to-do list

There’s no such thing as a ‘no-maintenance’ garden, so keeping a list of jobs such as pruning, planting and weeding with a schedule of when they should be done will help you stay in control and keep things looking neat and tidy all year round.

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Posted by Clare on 24 March 2018

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