Downsize the lawn:
The lawn is the part of the garden that is the most time consuming and calls for the most attention. Cut out some of the lawn. Replace some with gravel and stepping stones to make a path. Six to 8 feet is a good width for a main path.
Planting plants in masses is one of the best ways to avoid a lot of maintenance. Having the same species of plants not only relaxes the eye but also is less stressful for the gardener to know what the plant requires and when for the climate it’s in. For large plants make a mass of 5-10, for smaller ones 10-20 is good enough size.
The least maintenance borders of the garden are small trees and shrubs, which bear leaves and berries. To even avoid the maintenance of a shrub, the gardener can replace it with a pretty wooden or metal fence.
Avoid ponds at all cost as they require high maintenance and upkeep. Go with a easy plug in water fountain.
Choose low maintenance plants:
Learn how to choose the right plants for your garden, the one that suit the layout of your garden, and the climate of your location. Calculate the time they require, and will you be able to do that before deciding to go for them. Instead of going around collecting exotic plants from the nursery that appeal to the eye, buy plants that require minimum attention. You should know how much sunlight your garden area gets and get plants accordingly. Also buy plants that are more tolerant to droughts and pests. These turn out to be more sustainable. Limit high maintenance plants to a place where you and your water supply can reach easily.
The big picture
Keep the layout simple. Look at the bigger picture. Do not bring out small beautiful items that won’t go with the whole planting scheme. Build up a lawn that can survive a while without you. Design your lawn with harmony and smartness.