7 quick fixes to improve your outdoor space

Ideas for high impact, low effort garden makeovers

1. Paint your plant pots

Update tired terracotta pots with a lick of paint. Dulux Weathershield would be perfect for the job.

2. Instantly neat edges – forever!

Put a border edging around your lawn to keep invasive plants where they belong and to stop soil or mulch from spilling onto the grass. We love the attractive willow edging from Primrose London – you can just push it into place for an instant result. Prices start at £11.95.

5. Give your garden that magical glow

Now so many of us use our gardens as outdoor rooms, getting the lighting right outside is as important as it is for inside. Stylish decorative lighting needn’t cost the earth. Oversized lanterns (like this one from Debenhams) will make you and your guests feel like you’ve been transported to Morocco. Check out our expert guide to outdoor lighting for more fabulous ideas.

3. Re-use broken pots

Create the quickest-ever rock garden simply by nestling broken terracotta pots into a gravelled border, and plant low-maintenance succulents inside.

4. Restore and reinvent garden furniture

Transforming garden wood from lacklustre to magnificent in just one afternoon is really satisfying and simple to do and also means you don’t need to splash out on anything new. Here’s how to reinvent your garden furniture in a few easy steps.

6. Give garden walls a lift

Decorate your garden walls by displaying your favourite spring blooms on a piece of trellis. Here’s how

7. Create a shady spot

A parasol in a bright pattern is a great way of adding colour to your garden and creates a cool, shaded area for relaxing.

Browse our archive for more great garden ideas.

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