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17 no fuss ideas to modernise your outdated garden

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If you think your garden is a little old hat and could do with a freshen up but don't fancy taking on a total gardening redesign, there are a host of fantastic accessories and additions that can update the look without breaking the bank or your back.

You'll be surprised how simply you can inject some much needed modernity just by following the lead of amazing landscapers who've created contemporary masterpieces. To make it even easier, we've brought together a list of key items for you right here, so let's take a look!

1. Invest in a funky seating set

A private garden, Surrey: modern Garden by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

A private garden, Surrey

Bowles & Wyer

A drab space immediately becomes a social haven!

2. Create a clip-lock patio

 Terrace by WARCO Bodenbeläge
WARCO Bodenbeläge

TERRACE ON A SLOPE

WARCO Bodenbeläge

It can be laid in minutes and looks amazing right from the start.

3. Install a green wall

Private Garden, Belgravia, Living Wall:  Garden  by Biotecture
Biotecture

Private Garden, Belgravia, Living Wall

Biotecture

Instant gorgeousness with no messing about.

4. Choose designer fencing

The more interesting, the better!

5. Add high level planters

A private garden in West Hampstead, London:  Terrace by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

A private garden in West Hampstead, London

Bowles & Wyer

Anyone can have them at ground level, so go above and beyond.

6. Funky water features will liven things up

7. Eye-catching lighting makes a big impact

And offers day-to-night practicality.

8. Bunting and garlands add a little charm and fun

In a temporary way.

9. A cactus garden adds some contemporary flair

And needs little input from you once in place.

10. Glass decking inserts are hard to beat

11. Painted walls

Bulrushes water sculpture:  Garden  by Metallic Garden
Metallic Garden

Bulrushes water sculpture

Metallic Garden

Instantly brighten things up.

12. Wall art doesn't have to stay inside the house

Memory Tree wall sculpture:  Garden  by Metallic Garden
Metallic Garden

Memory Tree wall sculpture

Metallic Garden

So liven up those outdoor spaces too!

13. A grilling station

Romana wood fired oven :  Garden  by La Hacienda
La Hacienda

Romana wood fired oven

La Hacienda

Adds modern dining potential.

14. A modern garden swing

 Garden  by Pool22.Design
Pool22.Design

Hängebank DE VOLÉE

Pool22.Design

Is a fun take on a traditional garden element.

15. Tall stunning planters

Redington: modern Garden by Andrew Wenham
Andrew Wenham

Redington

Andrew Wenham

Are quick to install and look exceptionally contemporary and expensive.

16. Bench seating with bright cushions

RHS Chelsea 2012 - Artisan Garden: mediterranean Garden by Ruth Willmott
Ruth Willmott

RHS Chelsea 2012—Artisan Garden

Ruth Willmott

Looks great and more modern than a picnic table.

17. Unusual outbuildings are impossible to ignore

itv's Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh: modern Garden by Solardome Industries Limited
Solardome Industries Limited

itv's Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh

Solardome Industries Limited

See how easy all these ideas to complete? 

If you're looking for even more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Simple Ideas To Boost Your Small Outdoor Space.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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