Are you looking for inexpensive garden ideas? It’s easier than you might think to give your garden a cost-effective makeover. We’ve listed some quick fixes to help you save money while making your outdoor space look fantastic, so you can spend more time enjoying your outdoor sanctuary.

Whether it’s painting an old shelf, getting smart with it How? ‘Or’ What and What you plant or reuse old items, find out how you can save money without skimping on style.

So, ready to breathe new life into your garden? Try these easy budget garden ideas perfect for any size patio or garden …


Growing from seeds

Without a doubt, the cheapest way to get a thriving garden is to sow seeds. Whether it’s flower seeds or vegetable seeds, be sure to check the size of the seed packets, as some contain a lot more seeds than you could sow in a year in an average garden.

• You can find seeds at garden centers, online retailers like Thompson & Morgan or Crocus, or in DIY and home stores like Homebase, B&Q and Wilko. You can also try the online specialists,

READ MORE: A Guide to Sowing Seeds


Plant and divide

A cost effective way to fill flower beds with beautiful plants is to buy perennials that you can divide. It might sound like advanced level gardening, but it really isn’t. It will work with tussock-forming perennials such as geums, astrantia, and hardy geraniums.

Simply take the plant out of its pot and separate it into two or three pieces, each with stems and roots. Dig a hole and plant each part in your flower bed. Next year, when they have grown and spread, you can dig them up and separate them again to get even more plants.

You will get a wonderful display in a few years for very little money. Six geranium plants are usually enough to get started in a medium-sized garden.

Buy a wide selection of perennials at Crocus


Use containers for patios

No lawn? Container gardening is a very easy way to spruce up your garden with blooming flowers, and it’s especially ideal for patios, balconies, or other paved areas. Keep in mind that containers can restrict root growth, so you need to ensure an even water supply and good drainage, and choose the right compost.

On the picture : Rodborough Planters, Garden Trading


Paint effect

You’ll be amazed at how much a coat of paint can transform an old fence and provide a striking backdrop to jewel-colored greenery and plants. And what color should you go for? Black.

“The depth this color gives is magical for garden designers; paint a fence black and it disappears, a shed becomes less of an eyesore and that old bench suddenly becomes a chic focal point, ”says Andrew Duff, garden designer for the Chelsea Flower Show.

It’s a great garden idea if you want an instant impact. Remember, you can breathe new life into your plant pots by painting them too.

• Head to Homebase, Wickes or B&Q for garden painting.

READ MORE: Why black is this summer’s go-to garden paint color


Reuse old furniture as planters

One of the most profitable garden ideas is to simply recycle! You can give new life to old and tired furniture in your home in the garden. Old sinks and vanities can be turned into original planters, or you can use pallets.


Welcome birds

If you are looking for garden ideas for wildlife, you can set up a bird feeder, birdbath, or birdhouse. More birds attracted to your outdoor space will also mean more likely to listen to birdsong, which is great for your well-being. In fact, research shows that listening to birdsong can help reduce stress and fatigue, as well as combat anxiety.

You can buy one (buy a selection at the RSPB) or, if you’re looking for a cheaper way, wash the old cans (soup and baked beans), then paint, fill with birdseed and hang. in the garden for your own homemade bird feeder.

On the picture : Moorland Green Wood Paint Bird Feeder, Thorndown Paintings


Start a vegetable garden

Embrace the Grow Your Own trend, even in the smallest spaces, and save a lot of money in the process. Simply corner part of your garden, prepare the ground, and plant some vegetables. Not only will this be a great addition to your garden, but you’ll have your own stash of tasty veggies!

The RHS says chili peppers remain the number one choice because of their ease of cultivation, color and varieties, with names like “Etna” and “Meek and Mild”. Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, and other legumes are also a staple of the vegetable garden, surpassing more traditional choices like parsnip and calabria.

Award ideas for beginners


DIY garden bar

Want some space to entertain yourself in your backyard? Transform your space with a DIY cocktail bar.

“There’s no need to invest in an expensive out-of-the-box bar when you can turn a cheap, cheerful potting bench by day into a chic beverage station at night with a single coat of paint that’s suitable for. a handbag, ”says Nadia McCowan, Wayfair Resident Style Advisor. Hill.

“A good quality primer and undercoat will eliminate the need for laborious sanding, so you just have to remember to select the shade of your choice. Miami pink will add a retro flavor to your bar, while cornflower blue is the perfect tone for an English garden spritz and pistachio tones will pair perfectly with spring foliage. Don’t forget to seal your bar with a waterproof finishing wax to make the sunset sessions run summer after summer. ‘

And, of course, don’t forget to style it: add a drink dispenser, colorful glassware, and your favorite drinks – and finish with succulents and greenery.


Create a cozy exterior

Extensions of our houses, our outdoor spaces become “rooms”, it is therefore necessary to bring this feeling of comfort in the garden. An easy way to do this is to invest in an outdoor rug. Inject personality into your space with a pop of color or a bold pattern – and that will help you zone your space, too. To accessorize, add garden lanterns and outdoor cushions

On the picture : Decorative Ivory Flat Weave Patio Rug, The Rug Seller


Hanging baskets

Want instant color in your garden? A very simple and inexpensive way to do this is to plant hanging baskets. Choose plants like fuchsias, verbena, or petunias, or you can even grow vegetables like tomatoes.

READ MORE: Best Hanging Basket Plants for Digital Signage


Transform your space with lights

Outdoor lamps offer a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to bring a pretty glow to a patio and beyond – and there are so many styles available. Solar garden lights are popular, or you can opt for battery-powered outdoor lights that include string lights and lanterns.

If you use string lights or string lights, you can style them through trees or shrub branches, tie them to fences and furniture, or hang them from canes stuck in the ground. Stringing fairy lights over a pergola or arch or even around a parasol is always stunning and creates the perfect setting for alfresco dining.

On the picture : 80 LED Battery Operated Umbrella Lights, Lights4Fun


Use stakes to light the plants

Buy light stakes to scatter among the shrubs, place them on your lawn, or stick them in planters for an instant stunning effect. These are quite inexpensive and they add a wonderful decorative touch to your garden, no matter how small.

With solar lights, simply place it in a sunny spot in your garden to allow for a full day’s charge. At nightfall, the lights will automatically shine.

On the picture : Solar Stake Lights of Flowers, Bee and Butterfly, Lights4Fun


DIY pond

Another great way to attract wildlife to your garden is to install a pond – and it won’t be expensive at all. It is enough to collect pebbles and pebbles, dig a hole in the garden, protect the bottom with a pond liner and hide it with the help of pebbles and boulders. Then fill with water to create a pond.

READ MORE: 8 Steps to Creating Your Own Garden Pond


DIY outdoor cinema

Create an outdoor cinema using materials from your home. Transform your space in an instant for a movie night using a white sheet, pegs and twine. Then all you have to do is buy a projector (buy a range from Amazon to suit all price budgets).

Interior stylist Kel Harmer created this fabulous outdoor cinema in her backyard. “To create the DIY Movie Night, we used string, dowels and a king-size white sheet to create the screen and a projector which we placed on a garden table and ran the cables under the seats. to avoid dangers, ”she explains.

READ MORE: Kel Harmer’s garden makeover


Reuse plastic bottles

Plastic water bottles take an average of 1000 years to biodegrade, so avoid throwing them away and reuse them. They are ideal for the garden as they make excellent alternative planters. Just cut off one side, fill it with compost and plant seedlings, then hang it up with strong string.


Gravel paths

When it comes to walkways and patios, gravel is a much more affordable surface than paving. To set it up; Mark off the area, then scrape away loose soil or grass, attach a permeable membrane to keep weeds out, and spread the gravel over it. Aim for a depth of 2.5 cm. You can choose a light gravel, like Honey Stone, to contrast with your lawn and plantings. A large bag will cover about 20 square meters.

• Head to Homebase, B&Q or Wickes for all your gravel needs!

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