Choose the best low maintenance trees for your garden and you can add height, structure, shape and interest in one easy step. If you have never planted a tree before, the prospect of growing such a large and relatively expensive plant can be daunting. In reality, trees are often easier to look after and less needy than some of their smaller plant counterparts. So long as the ground is prepared before planting, and a suitable variety is chosen for the growing conditions, the most that some trees will demand from you is some water and an occasional trim in the winter.
Some trees are best avoided: they might have invasive root systems which can interfere with building foundations, perhaps they shed messy berries or nuts which require frequent clearing up if your garden is small or paved. Alternatively, the tree could be an extremely fast grower which requires regular or even professional trimming, which can be expensive.
Our recommendations are for tolerant, easy-care trees which will grow in a variety of soils, light conditions and climates. They are guaranteed to offer shelter, shade, privacy and a haven for wildlife which should last a lifetime. What's more, if you combine one of these with the best low maintenance plants in your beds and borders, you'll get to enjoy a beautiful plot that will virtually look after itself.
Whether you have an empty spot in your plot you want to fill or need to add some shade to a sun-drenched corner, the best low maintenanace trees will help you achieve all of that and more, plus they won't require you to spend loads of time looking after them.
By Fiona Cumberpatch