Are you looking to transform your outdoor space into an eco-friendly retreat? With summer on its way out and with winter on the horizon, if there is one thing we have learned over the summer months, it is that water should be used sparingly. If you are looking to transform your outdoor space into an eco-friendly sanctuary, then you are going to love our low maintenance garden landscaping ideas.

Replace Your Lawn with a Functional Space to Entertain

Unless you have turned your back outdoor space into a mini-golf course – do you really need all that green lawn? Make no mistake about it, your outdoor space is a prime piece of real estate, and there is no better garden landscaping idea than to ditch the lawn and turn it into an entertainment area with a fire pit and a pergola. One of the reasons we love pergolas so much is that they also give climbing plants a structure to grow on. Whether you like granadillas, jasmine, grape vines, climbing roses or sweet peas, these eco-friendly low-maintenance climbers can transform your garden into something productive, inspirational, and beautiful.

Add Drama, Security, and the Illusion of Space with Outdoor Lighting

Topping the list as the most wanted garden landscaping feature, both back and front, outdoor lighting plays an integral role for security reasons, adding drama to nights spent outside, and making your outdoor space appear bigger. A sought-after feature that brings many benefits, whether it is solar, which is ideal in today’s economic climate, or electrical, spotlights can also be useful when placed in trees, on walls, or along pathways

Maximise Space with Vertical Wall Planting

In an economic climate where fresh produce has almost doubled in price overnight, a vertical wall garden is perfect for those that want to grow their own herbs and vegetables but don’t have space. Find a wall that gets 50% sun and 50% shade and attach planter boxes with hooks into the wall. In fact, you can fill your entire wall with planter boxes, just make sure you leave at least half a meter between each box, width and length. What we love about this landscaping idea is that when you water the top boxes, the water trickles down into the planter boxes below. It is important to note that while herbs can be planted throughout the year, certain vegetables will only grow during the summer months or the winter months, so choose where you plant the vegetables carefully.

Today, there are so many eco-friendly ways of enjoying your front and back outdoor space without having to splurge on water or take up space. We have entered into a time where water has become dangerously scarce, and if you haven’t started turning your front- and backyard into a sustainable space, then now is the right time to do it.

Should you need help with getting your front and back outdoor space eco-friendly ready, turn to Windy Willows in Johannesburg. Not only can we provide you with the right water-wise plants and trees, but we can also build an outdoor entertainment space that can be used through every season of the year.