Summer is virtually on our doorsteps and suddenly we all realise that our ambitious plans for the perfect garden somehow never quite got realised, and all our spare money is going on that glorious Summer holiday we’ve looked forward to since the last one. So how to make your garden into the perfect seasonal haven of peace and pleasure without spending time and money that you don’t have? We’ve found ten of the best that will transform your garden on the tiniest of budgets.
Every garden centre has a section of old and unloved plants- I call them the rescue plants- that are going for a song. A little time and care will rejuvenate them, and they will repay it by livening up your garden virtually overnight.
Make EVERYTHING into a pot! We’ve all been impressed by the original pots featured in lifestyle magazines; the wellingtons and bicycles filled with flowers, or paint cans with courgettes spilling out. Let your imagination run riot- don’t throw anything away before asking yourself what you could plant in it.
The Joy Of Pallets
With basic woodworking skills, a little time, and a lot of imagination, you can make virtually anything out of free pallets- from sheds to benches to decking.
The simplest, cheapest, most effective sprucing your garden can have. Weed it, prune it, trim it. And while you’re at it…
Give It A Good Wash
Paths, decking, fences, even bins. A sparkling clean garden looks brand new and costs nothing.
Look at what’s being given away locally. Freecycle and similar schemes often have trampolines, garden furniture, or plants to give away.
When you find you’ve over-sown courgettes and your neighbour’s thinning out radishes the solution for you both is obvious.
Make A Children’s Pool House
A paddling pool is a great idea- in a different country where it never rains and there are no wasps. Take the old play tent and the old paddling pool and combine. One deluxe pool house ( and your lawn will stay a little less soggy!)
Take your old leftover paint and go wild. Paint the fence, the pots, the rocks. Anything.
Look At Lighting
A pack of tealights can be picked up from a pound shop and will transform your evening garden. Old jars, washed out tins, pebble cairns- the possibilities for exciting garden lighting are endless.