5 budget garden ideas: give your space a makeover for less

Revamp your outdoor space with budget garden ideas – it’s easier than you think! Try our wallet-friendly solutions to get you started

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Budget garden ideas can still pack a punch when it comes to giving your outdoor space a brand new look, so don’t despair if you don't have pots of cash to spend on it. Even little things, such as giving the garden a tidy-up one weekend or planting up a few seeds and watching them grow, can make a big difference to the look and feel of your garden.

If you do have a small amount to spend, we've put together five brilliant ideas that are low on budget but big on impact. Give them a go and see the difference they can make. For more garden inspiration, check out our garden design ideas

1. CHOOSE GREAT-VALUE FLOORING

great floor tiles used in the house and out in the garden

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Not everyone loves decking (although if you do, make sure you check out our best decking buys), so if that’s you, why not try paving instead? It’s not as pricey as you might think, and there’s lots of designs that are made from stone- or even wood-effect materials that look like the real deal for a fraction of the price. These Planate fossil grey porcelain tiles from Walls & Floors have a concrete effect and are suitable for inside and out so you can create a seamless flow between the two spaces.  

2. OPT FOR POTS IF SPACE IS TIGHT

pots lined up on a series of steps

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If your garden is on the small side, or is even just a compact courtyard garden, then consider buying pots. They are a fabulous way to introduce colour and texture whatever your budget. These containers are from Dobbies, and they have a great selection available. Also consider more unusual options – like old sinks, wheelbarrows and galvanised buckets – as long as they have holes drilled in the bottom you can plant them up. You can find more ways to upcycle salvaged buys in our guide. 

3. GIVE EXISTING FURNITURE A REFRESH

pallet table painted with bright yellow paint

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Paint finishes are so much more sophisticated these days and you can paint or spray most surfaces with minimal prep, so if your furniture is wooden or metal it's easy to  give it an update. Cuprinol has a large range that’s ideal for wood – choose from neutrals, reds and pinks, oranges and yellows, greens and blues! We've got plenty of tips on how to paint garden furniture in our guide. 

4. Go up!

planter and trellis with a climbing rose

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This is a such fabulous idea for so many reasons. Whether you're tight on space, need to cover unsightly walls or simply want to add colour and scent with climbing roses, this great-value Askholmen trellis from Ikea is so versatile. Team it with the matching Askholmen planter too and you've got the perfect combination.

5. ADD DECORATIVE FENCE PANELS

This garden used to have low fences and was overlooked by neighbours so homeowner Sarah Fletcher gave it a quick update using inexpensive decorative side panels from Wickes and trellis panels (used at the end of the garden) from Hillsborough Fencing. It's a great way to create more privacy in your garden on a budget, and Sarah will be able to grow climbers up the trellis to create yet more privacy and add a splash of colour. 

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