Brudenell Avenue, Canford Cliffs, Poole:  Garden by David James Architects & Partners Ltd

13 sneaky gardening cheats you'll be glad you tried

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We'd all love to have an amazing garden that leaves guests in awe of our horticultural skills, but how many of us have the requisite skills or free time to achieve it? Furthermore, the effort needed could also put off many. Until now, that is!

We've found some amazing gardening cheats that will not only have your outdoor space looking like a professional landscaping team constructed it, but will also require minimal hard work or time. If you're ready to get the look without the cost or hard work, let's get to it…

1. Paint your walls and fences white for a super chic and modern aesthetic that looks expensive

2. Don't waste time trying to nurse a patchy lawn back to life. Simply rip it up and lay fresh, luscious turf

3. Keep your borders narrow and easy to manage, so you don't have to give them constant attention

Lawn:  Garden by Perfect Stays

4. Lay a path for accessibility and to minimise the plants you need to tend

5. While you're adding some paving, create a terrace at the same time. It's the ultimate way to prevent weeds, whilst giving your garden year-round sociability

6. Plant evergreens wherever possible to prevent mid-season lulls in the greenery

 Garden by homify

7. If you want to add some colour, plant bright blooms in pots so you can easily maintain and change them up

8. Top your borders with mulch or bark chippings for a natural weed prevention method

 Garden by homify

9. If you like things as easy as possible, don't turn your nose up at artificial plants. They look amazing these days!

Artificial Boxwood Ball Topiary:  Garden  by Evergreen Trees & Shrubs
Evergreen Trees & Shrubs

Artificial Boxwood Ball Topiary

Evergreen Trees & Shrubs

10. To keep your lawn in tip-top condition without too much effort, invest in a sprinkler system to take care of all the watering

11. Don't run before you can walk! Shelve those plans for a vegetable patch

12. Add some simple lighting for a huge visual impact. Designer chic with none of the expense!

Cosmic Jar:  Garden  by HeadSprung Ltd
HeadSprung Ltd

Cosmic Jar

HeadSprung Ltd

13. The ultimate cheat is to add high fencing to your garden. That way, even if it gets a little overgrown now and then, nobody but you will know!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Ideas For A Designer Garden Without The Price Tag.

Are you excited to take shortcuts to a glorious garden?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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