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Garden improvement with 16 low cost ideas.

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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It's all very well wanting to create a stunning professional-inspired garden, but what if you simply don't have the budget for expensive additions and complicated design schemes? 

Well, we are here today to give you the lowdown on how you can get the gorgeous garden look for less. You might need to roll up your sleeves, get stuck into some gardening and get your hands dirty for some of these, but it's better than reaching for your wallet, don't you think?

Let's get started!

1. Build some seating using discarded wood or old pallets. Garden centres often give them away for free!

2. Create an eye-catching display with things you have laying around in your garage or shed. That old disused bicycle will make a funky antique garden ornament and mismatched pots will look eclectic

3. Build your own pond and use decking off-cuts as the border. As long as you have thick enough pond-lining material, you can't go wrong

4. Create a stunning visual display by opting for a rainbow of differently coloured blooms in pots, so you can line them up

mediterranean Garden by Gärten für Auge und Seele
Gärten für Auge und Seele

Treppe in den hinteren Garten

Gärten für Auge und Seele

5. Cheap garden statues are fun but you can class them up with some paint

6. Lay down some slabs to create a new path. It will have a big impact but only cost you a few pounds and an afternoon (or two)

asian Garden by Kokeniwa Japanische Gartengestaltung
Kokeniwa Japanische Gartengestaltung

Von den Neunzigern in ein kontemplatives Gartenerleben 2015—Privatgarten im ZEN—Stil

Kokeniwa Japanische Gartengestaltung

7. Change your shingle colour to really freshen your garden space up. It's a cheap material and easy to work with, so it's a win-win!

8. Add some funky lighting to your garden to give it designer appeal. You don't have to blow the budget either, as simple fairy lights will have a big impact too!

9. A little greenery can be all that's needed. Grab some plain pots, plant some shrubs you like and position them perfectly

10. To finish off garden segments perfectly, large rocks are ideal as they look gorgeous and won't cost the earth. Now that's a designer touch!

12. Before planting anything, decide on a definitive colour scheme. Nothing looks more professionally landscaped than a swathe of single-colour blooms

 Rock Garden by Gärten für Auge und Seele
Gärten für Auge und Seele

Eine kleine Terrasse lädt zum Verweilen ein.

Gärten für Auge und Seele

13. If you'd rather upcycle than buy new, paint old planters to look fresh. Personally, we think dramatic shades, such as granite grey or opulent gold, work best

14. Bark chippings are low-cost but instantly lift the profile of your garden. They cover weeds and make your beds look perfectly manicured

15. Add hanging boxes to your fencing to create colourful walkways and easy to maintain displays. So simple and cheap!

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by DIE BALKONGESTALTER
DIE BALKONGESTALTER

Feuerschale, Leuchtkübel

DIE BALKONGESTALTER

16. If you want to make a big impact but have little money or time to devote to your garden, buy sapling trees and box them into their own display. Cover with bark chippings and watch them grow

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 11 Straightforward Tips To Kick-Start Your Home's Garden.

Which idea(s) gave you some thrifty inspiration?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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