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10 ways to boost your small garden (without breaking the bank)

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You could easily be forgiven for assuming that a small garden wouldn't cost the earth to update, but once you get started, it's shocking how quickly those bills can rack up! Ask any gardener and they'll tell you that the secret to creating a stylish, engaging garden for a small amount of money is to focus on individual additions that have a far-reaching impact, and we've honed in on 10 perfect examples for you today. Come with us now, to unlock all the secrets to a perfectly heavenly little outdoor space that will add immense aesthetic value, but not leave your wallet empty!

1. Accessorise with one colour.

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent Modern garden by Earth Designs Modern
Earth Designs

Party garden in Sevenoaks, Kent

Earth Designs

Let's start nice and simple! Choosing one colour that you really like and using it as your main garden accent is a cheap and easy way to add extra oomph to your space. Whether you select coloured area dividers or opt for bright planters, a little pop of colour works wonders!

2. Add some new cushions.

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Ornate Garden Bench


A pretty garden bench will be given a new lease of life if you add some lovely new cushions! Choose bright colours and fun patterns for a really beautiful display.

3. Make a lovely bird feeder.

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Eco Bird Feeder


Encouraging some extra nature into your garden will always brighten it up, so it's time to get crafty! Some homemade bird feeders are a great way to draw new feathered and furry friends into your space.

4. Curate a veggie patch.

Whether you use wooden trugs or add some raised beds to your garden, a handy little veggie patch will make your garden look amazing and inject extra practicality as well. Homegrown food for dinner? Yum!

5. Turn your shed into a summerhouse.

Even a small shed can be a super cute garden addition, if you give it some homely touches. A lick of pretty paint, some curtains and a little chair will transform your space in an instant!

6. Paint the fence.

Contemporary Cottage Garden Rustic style garden by Yorkshire Gardens Rustic
Yorkshire Gardens

Contemporary Cottage Garden

Yorkshire Gardens

If you have wooden fencing in your small garden, it can become a beautiful standalone feature, with a quick coat of paint. How about choosing a really lovely pastel shade that makes your wood a little more wonderful?

7. Upcycle some unusual planters.

Don;t go wasting your money on expensive pots and planters, when you can probably just upcycle something you already own! We know a bathroom sink is unusual, but you can't deny that it makes a strong statement!

8. Lash up a cool awning.

Get yourself to your local haberdashery, grab some heavy canvas and make an awning! You only need some rope and eyelets, as well as some rudimentary sewing skills and you will have a patio cover to really covet!

9. Maximise the space with a mirror.

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London Modern garden by Cue & Co of London Modern
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

We love this unusual approach to garden design, as a large mirror has been mounted to a wall in order to give the illusion of double the space. What a funky touch!

10. Add a little lighting.

You don't need to invest in expensive solar lighting in your garden, when a few hurricane lamps and candles will do the job perfectly! Illuminate those dark corners and watch your garden transform!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Perfect planters for your small garden.

Which of these ideas can you see yourself trying out?
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