It should be possible, shouldn't it, to have a garden that looks fabulous but doesn't take up every minute of your time and all your energy and too much of your money?
(I have just agreed to open my garden again for charity in 2018 under Scotland's Gardens Scheme.)
So, a new category, Simply Low Maintenance.
Any ideas for a better title? The very words Low Maintenance when applied to gardening make me think boring - static dwarf conifers, slabs, hard landscaping....
The first thing I will do is list the plants I love which give the most impact for the least work.
I already have a good structure with two - betula Jacqumontii, the white-bark birch. The impact comes from the fact that we planted ten of them in quite a small space. Three cornus controversa variegata provide a dramatic horizontal contrast to these. See this post.
I would go so far as to say that these are no maintenance, so that's a good start!