New book advises on low maintenance gardening

A garden and greenhouse enthusiast has written a book on how she managed to go from a quarter-acre green space to a much smaller area while still turning it into an enjoyable and inviting place.

According to, Valerie Eastons The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It is a good guide to horticultural planning that helps cut down on maintenance time.

This in turn allows gardeners more time to enjoy the fruits of their labour, as was the idea Ms Easton had when she downsized and changed the layout of her landscape.

Her book suggests minimising the amount of space taken up by the lawn, introducing easy-to-care-for perennials and avoiding fussy plants that require a lot of work.

"Design before plants, think geometry and invest in infrastructure," the website quotes Ms Easton as writing.

The book contains tips on how to minimise work while still having garden and greenhouse essentials like flowers and vegetables.

Meanwhile, recently advised growers to apply organic fertiliser to lawns and trees during the autumn.