by  GARDEN TROTTER

Before and After: Magic Garden Tricks

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Some of you really let your gardens go to ground, literally! It's always a sad thing when potentially beautiful outdoor areas are neglected or left to become just a little too overgrown, uninspired or tatty, but we think we have the remedy for that.

If you've been feeling a bit underwhelmed by your lacklustre garden but are unsure what you can do to liven it up a bit, come take a look at three of the most amazing transformations we've seen. We promise you'll feel more motivated to tackle your own space afterwards!

1. Before: What a mess

All the components are in place for an amazing garden but a lack of landscaping expertise has lead to everything just becoming a bit too shabby.

A patchy lawn, unstructured beds and narrow path don't help, but we see so much potential for more!

1. After: A sumptuous spot

What a gorgeous sun trap this garden has become! With a stunning, nurtured lawn now in place, creamy paving and terrace areas and a host of leafy trees and flowers, this previously bare and unloved yard has become a stunning garden of Eden. We sure wouldn't mind sitting out here on a summer's day.

2. Before: Down in the dumps

Is there anything left alive on this terrace? What a depressing graveyard of potted plants this is and don't get us stated on that sad little fold-up bistro table.

All the potential in the world seems to have been wasted, which is a depressing shame.

2. After: Going up in the world

What a difference! Adding a mezzanine floor is absolutely genius, allowing al fresco diners to take advantage of a sunnier altitude, while the lower level has been dedicated to handy log storage and potted plants.

The decked pathway looks delightful, easily joining all the outside space together and with a touch of class. There is such a calm, funky vibe here now and we're shocked at the transformation.

3. Before: Concrete calamity

Pools are meant to be luxurious, elegant additions to a garden space, aren't they? Well, someone didn't send this house the memo as this just looks like a prison yard.

Dull concrete everywhere, a raised pool and little in the way of plants makes this feel less glamorous and more ghastly!

3. After: Totally tropical

Now this is how a pool should look! Sunk down into the patio, it instantly looks far more contemporary and expensive, while the newly tiled pathway looks beautiful.

A cacophony of Mediterranean colours and materials has lifted the profile of this garden no end, making it feel like a high end holiday resort. Plus, with some carefully chosen greenery also now present, all we'd need is a cocktail and a bikini for a very pleasant afternoon!

For more garden transformations, take a look at this Ideabook: Before and After: Inspiring Garden Makeovers.

Are you feeling more ready to overhaul your garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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