Budget garden ideas: 15 cheap and easy ways to make your garden look nice on a budget (2022)

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These budget garden ideas will have your backyard ship shape and ready for visitors in no time…

With the weather getting warmer and Summer on the horizon, many of us will be looking forward to getting out in our gardens. Cue sunbathing, summer barbecues on the patio (opens in new tab) and some over-excited kids in paddling pools (opens in new tab).

Like our homes, gardens need some extra care and attention from time to time. And you'll be amazed at how quickly (and cheaply) you can transform your outdoor space with our simple suggestions.

From laying grass seed (opens in new tab) to a quick lick of paint, or getting the kids to help grow plants, we’ve pulled together plenty of expert recommended tips that can be copied by even the most amateur of gardeners.

15 budget garden ideas to make your garden look nice:

1. Fill with flowers

It might sound obvious, but flowers are one of the easiest and cheapest budget garden ideas to improve your garden. Taking the time to plant seeds, bulbs or ready-bought bedding plants into pots or flower beds, will certainly pay off.

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You can pick up flowers like Pansies, Violas and Chrysanthemums for as little as a pound. They have the potential to flower again the following year too, if you give them the right care and keep them away from frost. They’re also pretty immediate, whereas seeds and bulbs will require a little bit more patience and forward-planning.

Flowers like Petunias, Nigellas and Sunflowers can bloom in about 60 days. Whilst bulbs like Daffodils and Tulips will bloom in early spring and should be planted in Autumn.

It’s highly recommended you follow instructions on each plant label or seed packet, with each flower needing a different type of care.

Dahlia ball-type mixed flower bulb (opens in new tab), £5 from B&Q

2. Plant some produce

Fruit, vegetables and herbs are three other (tasty) things you can grow in your garden.

Laurie Sgroi, Head of Operations at HOS Landscapes (opens in new tab), tells us that growing veg is cost-effective and achievable in even the smallest of spaces.

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“You don’t need an allotment or a huge garden to grow your own veg. Lots of edible plants will be more than happy in old pots,” he says. “Tomatoes, herbs, salad leaves, even courgettes and squash will thrive during the summer in large pots filled with compost given they don’t dry out. Perfect for a balcony or a garden without much planting space.”

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Thrifty veg growers often use leftover food waste to get their garden produce. Seeds discarded from chillies and sweet peppers can be kept, planted and potted in fresh compost. They’ll grow beautifully in warm weather when watered regularly.

Supermarket-bought basil or coriander plants can also be given a new lease of life if repotted and efficiently watered.

Fruit and vegetables are seasonal foods (opens in new tab) and will only grow at certain times of the year. To get an idea of when next to plant and harvest your produce, we recommend swatting up on Miracle-Gro’s vegetable planting calendar (opens in new tab).

Tomato Gardeners Delight Fruit Seeds (opens in new tab), £2.15 from Homebase

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3. Perk it up with pots

Extra attention should be given to what you plant your flowers and veggies in, with plant pots another of our budget garden ideas that will smarten up your space.

“A very easy way to change the overall style of your garden is outdoor pots,” says Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbies Garden Centres (opens in new tab). “These can often be an afterthought to the plants and flowers that will live inside them but can make a huge difference to lift a space very quickly.”

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Plant pots are relatively cheap investments and is another way you can introduce colour.

“For a country garden feel, use terracotta, stone and soft neutrals, as these will all make greenery really pop,” adds Marcus. “A laid-back coastal theme can be created with metal and navy-blue pots or add a vibrant exotic vibe with sunshine yellow and cherry reds.”

Another cheap plant pot hack is to use and recycle leftover aluminium tins. These tins make a great home for growing herbs and can be elevated with a lick of paint.

Heritage Planter in Blue (opens in new tab) 30cm, £9.45 from Homebase

4. Look after your lawn

It’s safe to say that the majority of homeowners overlook their lawn. Yet a little extra attention and TLC can really make the grass in your garden sing.

A lush green lawn is often the result of regular mowing, watering and specially scattered seeds.

The rule with lawn mowing is generally the more you mow it the better. Experts also mow their lawns in both directions, which is the secret to a more polished finish.

In terms of watering your lawn, mature grass should be watered once a week during June to September. (Though this is also dependent on rainfall). Watering before noon is advised, allowing the grass to dry before evening. Less watering is required in spring and autumn, and you can get away with not watering it all in winter.

Lawn seeds or grass food is an additional way to lift lack-lustre lawns and is both incredibly easy and cheap to do, says Kate Turner, gardening guru at Miracle-Gro (opens in new tab).

“Raking your lawn may reveal some bare patches in need of attention,” she tells us. “Lightly fork over the patch and sprinkle over some topsoil or compost. Following pack instructions, scatter over the grass seed and finally cover the seed with a light sprinkling of compost. Water sparingly with a watering can.”

Miracle-Gro Water Soluble Lawn Food (opens in new tab), £4.49 from Amazon

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5. Get rid of weeds

You’ll thank yourself for taking ten minutes to get rid of unruly weeds in your garden. It’ll tidy the space up considerably.

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You can follow the old-fashioned method and pull them out yourself. But if weeds are scattered all over your garden, you might want to save yourself the physical effort and try one of these weed-killer recipes:

  • Vinegar -Banish weeds and dandelions by pouring pure white or apple cider vinegar on them. Perfect for getting rid of weeds sprouting around your patio or in awkward cracks.
  • Vodka -mix 30ml of vodka with 2 drops of washing up liquid or hand soap and add water. Mix together and spray on stubborn weeds in direct sunlight. The alcohol in this concoction will break down the weed’s waxy cuticles causing them to dehydrate and die.
  • Mulch - organic-made mulch from things like grass or bark clippings, leaves or straw can be generously applied on top of weeds. They stop the weed’s source of sunlight preventing them from sprouting.
  • ROUNDUP NL Weed Control - This tried and tested weed-killer is natural and Glyphosate-Free, with visible results in three hours.

Roundup Naturals Glyphosate-Free Powerful Weed Killer (opens in new tab) - 1 Litre, £4.00 from Amazon

6. Reupholster, repaint, rejuvenate

Reclaim old garden furniture, fences and sheds with a fresh coat of paint.

“Neutral colours like whites or creams will lift a dull area and create a sense of space,” says Marcus Eyles of Dobbies Garden Centres. “Perfect for shady gardens, plants and flowers will pop against a white backdrop.”

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Of course, white is just one colour you could choose. Don’t be afraid to go bold to make a dramatic garden impact.

We recommend using garden paint instead of your average tub of paint, as it will provide some weather protection, adding some longevity to your painting efforts.

Cuprinol Garden Shades Seagrass Exterior Paint (opens in new tab) 2.5L, £22.00 from Wilko

7. Clean your patio

Arguably one of our cheapest budget garden ideas - sometimes all your garden needs is a simple spring clean.

If you've got a concrete patio, give it a really good clean with a hose or bucket of soapy water and scrubbing brush or a good-quality broom.

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If the dirt refuses to budge, you might want to hire a steam cleaning machine or borrow a friend’s pressure washer to shift it. You'll be surprised at the difference it makes without all the muck.

Ronseal Garden Patio Cleaner (opens in new tab) Fungicidal Wash 5L, £6.47 from B&Q

8. Add a water feature

You don’t necessarily need to break the bank to add a water feature to your garden.

Keep it simple with a bird bath or if you’re up to the challenge try adding a pond. It’s surprisingly cost-effective and can be assembled by even the shyest of DIYers.

“Creating a natural pond is one of the best things you can do for your local wildlife. A pond can be any size, even as small as an old bucket, so they’ll fit in most gardens,” says Laurie Sgroi of HOS Landscapes (opens in new tab).

For those seeking a simple, quirky look, consider burying a salvaged bath-tub or sink. Though you could also take pride from creating your own pond.

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“If digging your own you’ll need a pond liner, which are cheap and sold at most garden centres,” says Laurie. “Remove any sharp stones from your hole and lay the pond liner in then fill with water. Dig a small trench around the outside and tuck the liner into it.

“Then plant around the outside or lay large stones around the perimeter to hide the liner. Make sure wildlife can access the pond, you could use a plank of wood or create a sloped pebble ‘beach’.”

There’s no doubt that kids will love catching the wildlife that ponds attract.

“Frogs, birds and dragonflies will be among the frequent visitors,” adds Laurie.

Hozelock Pond Liner 2M (opens in new tab), £20.50 from B&Q

9. Light it up

Enjoy your garden after dark with one of our bright, budget garden ideas: lights.

Candles, lanterns, fairy lights and solar-powered lamps can be cheaply found online and in-stores and will add a lovely glow to your garden.

Arrange a few lanterns artfully on your patio or wrap some fairy lights around a focal tree or plant. Pretty and practical, you’ll thank yourself for investing when those long barbecue lunches carry on into the evening.

Black Solar-powered Integrated LED Outdoor Lantern (opens in new tab), £16 from B&Q

10. Build a bug hotel

A bug hotel (opens in new tab) is a genius budget garden idea that can be constructed with help from some curious little helpers. Kids will love getting their hands dirty and seeing their hard work pay off when the habitat is buzzing with wildlife.

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“You’ll need to make a small wooden box open on at least one side, or if you’ve got the room you can stack up some pallets,” says Laurie. “Loosely fill the gaps with natural garden materials such as bricks, logs, moss, dry leaves and broken pots or patio slabs

“Most bugs prefer a dry home so situate it somewhere sheltered , or you could create a ‘living roof’ by digging up a patch of turf and laying it on top of the hotel.”

11. Home-made hanging baskets

Hanging baskets are a great way to add flowers if you’re short on space. They’re also incredibly budget-friendly with the basket, liner and wall bracket costing about £10 in total.

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Balance your basket, add your liner and fill with soil. Then decoratively arrange your flowers in the baskets, making sure they’re equally distributed around the whole basket.

Hanging baskets are best prepared around late April or early May with bedding plants blooming beautifully in the summer. Be sure to water regularly and place in a sunny spot.

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Hanging basket rattan 35cm (opens in new tab), £4.95 from Homebase

12. Consider climbing plants

Reach new heights in your garden renovation with climbing plants, one of our favourite budget garden ideas. They’ll add some lovely foliage to your outdoor space and will helpfully hide any tired-looking fences.

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“Attach a few runs of galvanised wire horizontally along the boundary you want to add height to,” explains Laurie. “Plant a Jasmine to create a green screen all year round or for a quick fix sow runner or French beans.

“Beans will climb the wires within weeks during the summer, before producing a massive bloom of beautiful flowers followed by a tasty crop.”

Sweet peas and Clematis are two other budget friendly blooms that will smell great and climb well.

Galvanised wire rope 0.15 x 5000cm (opens in new tab), £4.50 from Homebase

13. Accessorise

Soft furnishings and ornaments aren’t restricted to the home. Outside accessories like cushions and statues are a popular, thrifty hack that are sure to add character to your outside oasis.

Most garden and DIY stores sell reasonably priced fire pits which guests can gather and warm themselves round on a late summer evening. (We’d recommend investing in a protective fire pit floor mat with this)

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Of course, some cushions and blankets will likely complement this cosy fire setting. They’ll also jazz up any old garden furniture when entertaining.

Garden ornaments are another way to add definition to your outdoor area. A vintage-looking watering can filled with flowers is sure to raise the stakes. Whilst the classic garden gnome is a fun and popular choice amongst kids. Though we realise that this might not be to everyone’s taste.

La Hacienda Fire basket Steel Firepit (opens in new tab), £29 from B&Q

14. Play with pallets

You can add a number of cheap structures to your garden with recycled pallets. From planters to storage savers - and even a seat.

Those handy with some nails, a saw and a drill, can use pallets to assemble a straight-forward plant table. These can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing, storing your garden tools and holding some of your potted produce.

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Garden furniture can even be erected from pallets, with many tutorials on Youtube showing you how to make a pallet sofa structure. Just add cushions and covers for comfort.

You can find free pallets to collect on Gumtree (opens in new tab)

15. Declutter

Sometimes you can’t see your garden’s potential because it’s become so littered with bicycles, broken plant pots, toys and tools.

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Give it a good tidy-up with the usual advice: store what you might use, recycle anything that you won't (and can be recycled) and bin the rest.

You’ll be surprised at how much better the space will look when you've tried this budget garden ideas. Plus you'll be inspired to sit out more often or buy colourful accessories now there's more space.

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How can I make my front garden look nice? ›

Be inspired by our tips for designing a front garden, below.
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  4. Use containers to enhance paved spaces.
  5. Use topiary for a formal look.
  6. Use hanging baskets for height and colour.
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A drift is a ribbon of the same plant that meanders across the landscape, adding color and texture as it travels around shrubs and trees. Its free-flowing shape offers more visual movement than a stan-dard mass planting, which looks more like a giant patch of one plant.

How can I make my front garden look nice? ›

Be inspired by our tips for designing a front garden, below.
  1. Use complementary colours.
  2. Use white to create a focal point.
  3. Hide bins with bespoke screening.
  4. Use containers to enhance paved spaces.
  5. Use topiary for a formal look.
  6. Use hanging baskets for height and colour.
  7. Use pots of different sizes.
3 May 2022

How do you get on a garden makeover show? ›

If you are looking to have your own or someone else deserving's garden transformed, you can head to the Love Your Garden website where you can find their 'How to Apply' page. You can fill out the form for yourself or your nominee and either email it to teamhort@spungoldtv.com or send it by post.

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For small backyards, position your patio table and chairs against a fence or wall to take advantage of the privacy, but angle the chairs outward to create the feeling of more space. Containers with colorful blooms and an outdoor rug give the space interior-like comfort.

How can I make my yard look nice? ›

12 simple front yard landscaping ideas that can add serious curb appeal
  1. Add rock features. ...
  2. Add lighting. ...
  3. Upgrade a bed border. ...
  4. Plant ground cover to hide unsightly areas. ...
  5. Plant perennial shrubs in front of your house. ...
  6. Make a garden bed around your mailbox. ...
  7. Haul out old mulch and refresh. ...
  8. Build a flower bed around a tree.
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How do I fix my front garden? ›

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Which plant is good in front of house? ›

Basil, Jasmine, Morning Glory, Money Plant and Citrus Tree are some of the best Vastu plants for the entrance of your home.

Is Love Your Garden free? ›

Although ITV have never revealed they are the ones that pay for the makeovers, they are. The entire build is paid for by ITV, which includes relocation for the families. They are given a budget to work to and are helped by supplier companies who rally to the cause and provide their products for free.

Is there a Garden Rescue 2022? ›

Garden Rescue returns for Series 7 on Monday 09 May 2022 on BBC1. This series sees the departure of some of the Programme most popular ever Garden Designers, The Rich Brothers Harry & David and Arit Anderson.

What plants were used in Love Your Garden? ›

Top 5 Plants: Love Your Garden s8e8
  1. Papaver nudicaule 'Gartenzwerg'
  2. Pelargonium 'Orkney Cherry' ...
  3. Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' ...
  4. Polystichum polyblepharum. This magical fern looks absolutely amazing. ...
  5. Hemerocallis 'Hybrid' Not only is the Hemerocallis beautiful, it is also intriguing. ...
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If your garden fencing is in need of repairing or painting, or your garden edging seems overly messy it can impact upon the whole space.. Breathing new life into your back garden, or front garden, for that matter, doesn't always require a landscape gardener and huge costs– as these brilliant budget garden ideas prove.. Whether it's a small garden, a patio or a balcony garden, there are plenty of budget garden ideas (or even DIY tricks) to boost your space.. From simple garden lighting to inexpensive outdoor furniture ideas, pretty planting to statement outdoor styling for summer garden parties, there are a multitude of smart ways to make your garden great without breaking the bank.. All it takes is a little planning and a few clever tricks, and you can turn any garden into a tranquil haven, country retreat or al fresco dining area - even on the smallest budget, as these garden ideas show.. In this landscaped garden the planting is highlighted by recycled whelk shells, lighting up the ground underneath the Acer tree at the back of the garden.. If you want to make your garden a bit more about sustainability, but don't really have space (or the funds) to plant a full-scale veggie patch, why not try a neat vegetable trug instead?. Do garden tips get much better than this 1p wonder from celebrity gardener David Domoney (opens in new tab)?!. On Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin on BBC2, a must-watch for any keen gardener, Diarmud showed fans how to use nettles for a greater good in the garden – by making nettle soup for plants.. It can house garden furniture in the winter, then open out into a bar for garden parties and alfresco sundowners in the summer months.. The ideal front garden idea , painting your house number onto plant pots is a thoroughly charming way to make your house instantly identifiable.. From upcycling to make your own furniture to painting the stone tiles to add some much-needed colour – there are so many ways to make the garden beautiful on a budget.. Use pots of low maintenance plants to frame patios and pathways, while building raised beds using reclaimed wood to create depth for your border planting will also help save on garden landscaping costs .

Small gardens on a budget are still easy to make look good. Especially with these clever ways to make the most of your outdoor space without a big spend

When it comes to small garden ideas (opens in new tab) every inch of outdoor space counts.. Even more so if you're working with small gardens on a budget.. Wall lights are another affordable option for small and compact gardens.. There’s a real trend for sculptures in small gardens and as modern front garden ideas at the moment.. Now is the perfect time of year for dividing up your plants to make more too.. Other ways to max up your plants on minimum spend include planting from seed, plant swaps with friends and neighbours, and visiting horticultural society plant sales where you can pick up beautiful plants at a fraction of the cost.

Upgrading your backyard doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming. A few inexpensive projects and design tricks can turn your basic green space into the ultimate outdoor retreat. Try these backyard ideas on a budget, including DIY furniture and affordable landscaping tips, to create a yard you'll love (and never want to leave).

To make this backyard idea more budget-friendly, consider stitching together pillow covers from outdoor fabric to recover old pillows.. Edmund Barr. Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but you have options for affordable backyard patio ideas that still look modern and trendy.. This easy backyard idea adds a fun pop of color to the outdoor area.. Tria Giovan. Use this simple backyard idea to instantly elevate your outdoor space: Create zones or separate areas with a few shifts in furniture to delineate eating, relaxing, cooking, and more.. Another cheap backyard patio idea: A stone slab on top of a lumber scrap makes for a casual outdoor side table.. Try these backyard ideas on a budget, including DIY furniture and affordable landscaping tips, to create a yard you'll love (and never want to leave).

Landscaping on a budget does not mean settling for a shabby yard. Here are 5 money-saving ideas for a gorgeous yard that will not break the bank.

After I reduce the size of my lawn, what do I put in place of the grass?. Once your cheap plants are in the ground, practice proper plant care.. But, in the case of cheap plants, a little extra TLC may be in order.. But landscaping on a budget goes beyond obtaining cheap plants.. The idea makes even more sense if you can obtain cheap containers and plant them yourself.. If you're serious about landscaping on a budget, then one of your first projects should be to build a compost bin .

Renters can get a nice outdoor space without spending much money on property they don't own: 10 budget ideas from Brooklyn garden designer Brook Klausing.

We asked Brooklyn-based garden designer Brook Klausing for recommendations for finessing a space that you don’t own.. Read on for 10 more rental garden tips from Brook:. With judicious editing, Brook created focal points in a backyard garden.“If there’s a great view or a tree you’re really into (even if it’s in your neighbor’s yard), clear out any weeds or shrubs that are in the way and position your seating and enhancements to maximize the sight lines.” By the same token, identify what you don’t love in the space and remove or, if that’s not possible, downplay the distraction.. Above: A smoke bush (at L) is a visual focal point in a backyard garden designed by Brook Landscapes.If the existing garden is full of messy, overgrown trees and shrubs, pruning is the fastest and cheapest way to rehabilitate and define the space and give yourself room to move around.. Above: Brook created a cohesive look with a backyard patio of stone pavers “grouted” with pebbles.Consider covering an unsightly concrete patio with a thin layer of pea gravel.. Above: Brook created a serene backdrop by painting surrounding walls a dark, unifying color.Painting is an easy way to rehabilitate an old fence or a shabby wall.. “We once used black paint to transform a courtyard where multicolored walls were creating a very distracting backdrop to the garden,” Brook says.. Above: For a Soho fire escape garden, Brook created a sense of seclusion in the middle of the city by planting fast-growing vines.Another way to hide an ugly or boring surface is by planting fast-growing vines such as hyacinth bean, wisteria, or even morning glory.. “A small tree, such as a potted cutleaf Japanese maple, is a great decorative element in any space,” Brook suggests.. Above: Hostas and hellebores, planted in clumps in a backyard designed by Brook.If your garden already has some well-established plants such as hosta, iris, liriope, or decorative grasses, you can save yourself some money and a trip to the nursery.. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.You probably don’t know where you’ll end up next, so resist buying heavy, clunky pieces that will be hard to move and may not fit in your future garden.. Above: For more of this garden, see Before & After: A $5,000 Garden Makeover in St. Augustine .. But in any garden, string lights add a festive air after dark, and make the space feel more like an outdoor room.

Stuck for inspiration on ways to tidy up the perimeter of your garden? This list of 23 garden edging ideas you can try is a good place to start

To gain the impeccably neat edge between the lawn and the stone slabs you will likely need to use a lawn edging tool.. This quirky look is a bit different from the norm of straight edges typically found around the perimeter of gardens and creates an interesting design.. Creating an edge made of large rocks is simply a case of sourcing the rocks and then, piling them on top of each other along the perimeter of your garden.. A manicured hedge along the edge of your garden is the sign of a true gardener.. This design would be very easy and inexpensive to achieve, ideal for anyone on a budget who wants to attempt to edge their own garden.. If you don’t want to create an entirely new edge for your garden then painting what you already have is a great way to spruce up the look of your space without spending much time or money.. You don’t need to add borders to your garden to create an edge.. Strategic positioning of garden planters is a great way to create an edge around your lawn with minimum effort.. This can be seen as the cheat’s method of gardening; just buy some large planters and place them on the rough edge of your lawn to hide any untidy edges.. It’s definitely not a budget option for your garden edge, but if you’re looking for a contemporary way to add curb appeal and value to your property, then this will be a good investment.. Edging your garden is a great way to increase the curb appeal and value of your home.

This article offers backyard DIY tips that are affordable to implement and will wow your neighbors in time for summer.

Simply select ornaments of various sizes and shapes and apply two coats of the paint.. Homemade versions can be easily be made using wooden stakes and your material of choice.. The hose itself will connect to an outdoor water supply.. Rather than creating extravagant solutions to embellish your garden, you can sometimes make simple additions that will revolutionize the space and drastically improve the layout.. When creating your garden layout, you may want to section off any designated planting areas.. Use yarn and attach them to a large branch.

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From using decking offcuts to fashion a garden path to making your own garden bar from an old wooden pallet, there's a great garden idea for all outdoor spaces.. With the growing popularity of grassless garden ideas and as we look to dress our outdoor spaces more like the indoors, a coffee table becomes an essential furniture piece for your garden, too.. This fine example, made by the team at Cuprinol, shows how a wooden pallet can make a fabulous garden table, thanks to a splash of vibrant colour and simple castor feet it takes on a whole new purpose.. Here's a winning upcycling idea to make it possible for even the smallest of plots and even balcony gardens – an elevated herb garden.. Painting plant pots is a quick and easy way to update the decor of any garden – it's also highly affordable.. These Morocco inspired garden pots are painted using the specialist Cuprinol Garden Shades range.. Place a few large stones in the bottom to aid with even drainage, then fill with compost and plant an array of bedding plants to ensure the garden is awash with colour.. Using garden mirrors can totally transform the space, firstly by making it feel more like an extension of the indoors but also by enhancing planting and bouncing light around to make the space feel bigger.. For a balcony garden idea try using plants at different heights to help create a different sense of perspective, adding depth to the overall feel of the compact zone.. 'Separate your herbs by transforming the shelving into a plant container or create your very own garden bar or a bar table.. Save the food tins from the general recycling by giving them a new lease of life in your garden – transform them into decorative plant pots!. See how a Mum wows with ingenious idea to reuse little one's cot bed in the garden – and it cost just £6 to make her DIY vertical garden planter.. (Image credit: Future PLC/Amateur Gardening). Nestle broken terracotta pots into a gravelled border, and plant low-maintenance succulents inside to create the quickest rock garden yet.

Never been good at gardening? That's okay! Here are some Cheap garden ideas for you to use to make your garden look great. I will give you tips on what plants to buy, and some easy-to-follow instructions on how to plant and maintain them.

Budget garden ideas can often be the best and they will help you achieve that lush green outdoor space you want - without spending megabucks on major landscaping overhauls or out-of-reach plants.. Making your garden look nice is not an easy task.. This blog will look at these different options and how you can use them to make your garden look beautiful.. In order to enliven the garden, try incorporating self-seeding perennials into it like Black Eyed Susans that are easy to divide but also provide a colourful presence over time.. Container gardening is a really budget-friendly way to decorate gardens.. Professional garden landscaper Ellen Wright says, “Baskets and pots can brighten up any outdoor space, and you don’t need expert gardening skills to plant them.. We're talking pots fixed to walls, vertical gardens and plants that grow upwards, whether trees, larger shrubs, climbers or hedges, especially those good for quickly creating privacy, screening and security.. This is very relevant when it comes to planting a vegetable garden and growing it from seed.. Horticulture and landscaping lecturer Julia, says, ' You can buy mature plants or seedlings - about half of the people I see are keen on buying seedlings but it's important to note that it could take a long time for them to grow sufficiently whilst the mature variety will catch up.. Choose your garden colour scheme carefully in order to highlight the flowers - or select a darker flower pattern for the garden and paint it in dark colours like black and dark blue to create a feeling of stability.. Also avoid planting colourful plants that don't understand when to be quiet.. Both cheap gravel and cheaper bark is easier to lay down as ground cover on landscape fabric as it keeps down weeds, and you will manage to break up a larger area of gravel with oak sleepers or ground cover planting.. It's much cheaper to buy these plants bare root – you're not paying for pots and soil, just the plant.. Bare root plants may not look as attractive when you buy them, but they are the exact same plants and will do just as well!

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