Planning a garden makeover can be an extremely exciting time. Youll spend hours pouring over magazines, books and lifestyle websites finding inspiration for the garden of your dreams. However, the prospect can also be a little depressing especially if youre working on a tight budget.
Thankfully, landscaping doesnt have to break the bank, and there are lots of things you can do to guarantee the garden of your dreams, without it having to result in the bank balance of your nightmares.
Just as your living room sparkles like a new room after a coat of emulsion, as will your garden. You might not be able to afford a new shed, summer house or fence panels, but in rejuvenating them with a brush and some high-quality external paint, youll be convinced you bought new. Many modern gardeners choose pretty pastel colours rather than the traditional timber brown, green or red.
Its all about soft furnishings inside and outside your home. Youll be amazed at the difference a slipcover can make to a chair, a cloth can make to a stained patio table, and a few cushions can make to a decrepit old swing.
External masonry paint used to be used on walls and features such as columns. However, in recent times, creative types have used concrete paint to transform the area beneath their feet. Turning concrete paths into Yellow Brick Roads, driveways into Chess boards and giving steps a go-faster stripe. If youre going to attempt something like this, its worth considering the manufacturers instructions and you should always prepare the area in advance by cleaning and hosing it down.
How many times have you been inside a charity shop, vintage store or ironmongers and thought Id love that, but where would it go? Well, wonder no more. Filling your garden full of old, vintage and collectable items is the fastest way to a completely unique garden space. See an old post box on eBay buy it. Fancy a buttermilk jug from a farmers market call it a new planter. There are no rules and no regulations just buy what you like and build your garden around it.
Many homeowners opt for drives or gravel at the front of their homes. Not only are these relatively low maintenance but theyre also handy for parking. What this means though is that theres very little greenery on the main streets. You could rectify this, and at a very nice price, by digging a flower bed. Whether youre using seeds or part-grown plants, you can fill a sizeable area with very little budget and within minutes could have a stunning front garden that will surely be the envy of the neighbours.
If flower beds dont appeal, but youd still like to see a little greenery, what about pots? You can dot them around the drive, grass, patio or decking and fill them with herbs, mini conifers or bedding plants for a great look all year round.
The author has a keen interest in gardening and landscaping. His articles on the subject inform readers how to get the most out of their outdoor space.