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A well kept, groomed and styled garden is vital to attract well paying clientele. But ongoing gardening services can reduce the ROI of your gîte or holiday home, if a low management input garden style has not been selected.
The selection of a garden style may ultimately reflect your personality and not those of key investment considerations: lot size and divisibility, security and regularity of income, and income and capital growth prospects.
Gardens and garden styling has progressively developed over recent years with garden spaces seen as an extension of the property to which they accompany.
Changing climates with warmer summers have contributed to an al fresco lifestyle of dining beneath a canopy of wide sweet smelling fig leaves or green trailing vines bearing shiny sun-kissed grapes.
Architectural designs have adapted the kitchen wall to bi-folding doors allowing the cuisine to spread outside and to welcome the garden in. Therefore, consideration to garden design and styling may be prudent not only for security and regularity of income in enticing guests to rent your gîte, but also for your investment property’s long-term capital growth.
The main considerations in the choice of a low management garden style are based on simple garden design principles:
- Stone block
- Sheet metal
- Innovative resources
- LED Solar
Garden Style for Low Gardening Management
Low budget garden maintenance may consist of a gardener attending once a week to cut grass and to water plants throughout the growing months. However, low budget gardening does not necessarily limit the scope of a garden design or garden style, but it does require knowing what to exclude from the design. Therefore, the following items should be avoided in garden concept:
- Tender plants
- Bedding schemes
- Temporary plantings
- Large plant specimen
- Fast-growing hedges
- Regular and intensive pruning plants
- Fine lawns
Low Maintenance Garden Designs
Creating a low maintenance garden design requires a different approach from that of traditional gardening. Indeed, gardening for income return may be different from gardening for personal pleasure and garden style preference.
Low maintenance garden styles focus on hard landscapes: Brick basketweave, herringbone or stetcher bond, uniform paving or square-cut stone, cobbles or pebbles, gravel or decking together with seating and furniture arrangements. Accompanied by minimial planting, the style emphasis is placed on creating a strong garden design for long-term relaxation and as a place to entertain.
The use of materials to add texture, to reflect light at differing angles or to shine through translucent material creates additional mystique to a garden style.
External solar lighting has improved substantially by the help of LEDS transforming hard landscape garden designs into night time spectaculars. Solar wall lighting has the ability to run throughout the night, even in the winter months, dependent on the aspect. Moreover, the importance of night lighting adds the benefit of security if your gîte is left unattended for long periods of time.
With the category of a low maintenance garden design, a formal esplanade garden with grass running to a vista or a central focal point can create a spacious effect and dynamic night scenery when borded with soft solar lighting.
Low maintenance red, yellow and green sedum plant varieties designed as complete beds and planted against ardoise black slate produces a dramatic effect, especially during rain when the slate becomes wet. Encircled white marble pathways together with solar spotlights intensifies the illuminosity of the hard materials used.
If garden design or garden styling is not within your skills, then it may be economically advantageous to hire the expertise of a garden designer, stylist or gardener. Remember, poor design management and plant loss will not only produce an unaesthetic effect, it may also impact on your rental income when competing for holiday guests.