Inexpensive garden decoration—11 ways to make it

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Your garden could be a haven of refreshing al fresco socialising, fun family days and lazy summer holidays but only if you take the time to make a few improvements before the perfect weather really hits. We're not being too optimistic as this is the UK we're talking about but it can't hurt to have a little tidy up.

To make sure you are creating a stunning space that you and your family will love to spend time in, take a look at our top garden improvements and see which you could easily tackle over a weekend. You'll thank us when we get a few nice warm days, we promise!

1. Putting everything else in the shade

Garden furniture:  Garden  by Lothian Design
Lothian Design

Garden furniture

Lothian Design

Yes, we want warm weather and glorious sunshine to descend on us here in the UK but we also need to be aware that a little shade goes a long way. Either add a parasol to an outdoor table or, if you're feeling thrifty, create a shade with an old bed sheet (clean, please!) by stringing it up over your patio.

2. Get your hose in order with a funky hanger

Products:  Garden  by Garden Glory

Garden hoses are just perpetual pains, aren't they? They either leak or unravel when you least want them to so sort out your annoying length of pipe by curling it up and hanging it on a custom hose rack on the side of your house. This one from Garden Glory is our absolute favourite!

3. Get yourself some added privacy with fabulous fencing

 Garden  by GH Product Solutions
GH Product Solutions

Sichtschutz aus Bambus als Gestaltungselement

GH Product Solutions

You might be happy enough for your neighbours to get a gander at your lovely garden but privacy really is a good thing so take the time to replace old fence panels or design a whole new barrier system.

4. Attract some pretty new friends with birdhouses and feeders

Prism Nest Box:  Garden  by Hen and Hammock
Hen and Hammock

Prism Nest Box

Hen and Hammock

A garden without wildlife is a sad place indeed so pop up a few bird feeders and a house or two to let your feathered friends know that they are welcome. They'll be a good ally in the fight against worms in the lawn!

5. Liven up your furniture with some bright new cushions

INDOOR/OUTDOOR, PLASTIC SOLITUDE CORAL AND WHITE RUG :  Garden  by Green Decore
Green Decore

INDOOR/OUTDOOR, PLASTIC SOLITUDE CORAL AND WHITE RUG

Green Decore

You don't want to be sitting on last year's manky old cushions that you forgot to bring indoors when it rained so go get some funky new ones. The brighter the better, too, as we want to encourage summer to arrive!

6. Persuade garden pests to buzz off

We're not talking about lovely bees but wasps and midges can all go away when you're trying to enjoy some food outdoors. Citronella candles will make this a cinch and, best of all, they now come in lots of pretty styles!

7. Heat things up when the temperature drops

Stealth Boat Fire Table - Southampton:  Garden  by Rivelin
Rivelin

Stealth Boat Fire Table—Southampton

Rivelin

fire pit is the perfect way to make sure you can enjoy your garden long into the evening as it will radiate fabulous warmth and offer just the right amount of mood lighting. They also make any garden look a whole lot more thought out.

8. Tidy your gardening clutter away you mucky pup!

You might think it's charming to leave your trowels and gloves laying around in the garden but tidying them away is a fabulous way to lift your space and make it look much neater. A handy little garden store, like this one, will work wonders!

9. Get some tasty grub on the go

Lorenzo wood fired oven :  Garden  by La Hacienda
La Hacienda

Lorenzo wood fired oven

La Hacienda

To really improve your garden you need to make it more appealing to spend time in. Food always draws a crowd so a lovely barbecue or pizza oven is a sure-fire way to raise your outdoor party status a little and beautify your garden.

10. Lavish your lawn with a little love

Exterior with grounds: country Houses by Nutshell Construction
Nutshell Construction

Exterior with grounds

Nutshell Construction

For the ultimate in easy garden improvements, mow your lawn. It's as simple as that! If you're feeling really indulgent you could also water it and add some lawn food to the mix. You generous soul, you!

11. Shine a little light on your garden with funky lanterns

Garden LED Hurricane Lamps:  Garden  by Dotcomgiftshop
Dotcomgiftshop

Garden LED Hurricane Lamps

Dotcomgiftshop

Garden lighting always seems to be a bit hit and miss but one thing that gets it right every time are pretty lanterns that you can hang or sit anywhere. A great way to jazz up a space, they are easy to come by, inexpensive and really do make a big impact. 

Didn't we tell you that improving your garden would be a piece of cake?

For more beautiful garden ideas, take a look at this Ideabook: City Garden Nirvana.

Are you planning to tidy up your garden for summer? Which of these ideas most grabbed you? We'd love to hear from you, below...
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