Make your garden great on a budget with a few helpful hints. Careful planning and a few clever tricks can turn any garden into a tranquil haven, quaint retreat or a space fit for entertaining – even on the smallest budget.
These ideas are simple tricks and tweaks that don’t cost the earth – but they can have serious style impact. We have covered paint, plants, dual-purpose furniture, seriously inexpensive seating and garden lighting ideas.
No matter what your budget, see how it can work for you with these garden ideas.
A budget garden bench from a DIY store can be painted in any colour you like to inject some life into your garden. Here, the white colour really stands out against the green plants, brightening up a shady spot.
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Turn a garden wall from plain to striking by growing trailing plants along it. When looking for plants, choose evergreens or perennials that will return every year and look out for varieties that you can split in the autumn, or those that spread at will, such as ivy. Add a bit of colour on the ground, too, with budget-friendly potted plants that will look amazing when in bloom.
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Easy, effective and bargainous! Find some pretty paper cupcake cases and use them as shades on inexpensive battery-operated outdoor LED fairy lights.
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Yes, you can have garden furniture that’s all colours of the rainbow! It’s a look that’s really hot right now and the great news is that mixing and matching pieces means you can grab a bargain when you see it, without the need to budget for lots of co-ordinating items in one go.
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Creating an entertainment area or a bit of shade in the garden needn’t be expensive. Get back to basics and build your own teepee. Using old sheets or leftover fabric will keep the budget right down, but if you want a co-ordinated look, why not treat yourself to a funky stripy fabric? Lay down a few cushions and ta-da, you have the perfect picnic spot.
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Doesn’t everybody dream of reclining in a hammock on a sunny day? If you’re lucky enough to have strategically planted trees, a hammock can work out a lot cheaper (from around £60) than more traditional wooden or metal garden furniture… Add a picnic rug and plenty of cushions to create a sociable area for a spot of afternoon tea.
Window boxes will brighten any window, but they’re especially handy if you don’t have much outdoor space. Try planting a mini kitchen garden full of salad and herbs – there are lots of mixed seed collections available in garden centres from around £2 for a summer’s worth of seeds…
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