9 Cheap Garden Ideas – Best Garden Ideas On A Budget

It’s easier than you think to give your garden a cheap, budget-friendly makeover. We’ve listed some quick fixes to help you save cash whilst making your outdoor space look fantastic, which in turn will enable you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor sanctuary.

So, are you ready to give your garden a new lease of life? Try these easy ideas…


Get planting

The most cost effective way to fill flowerbeds with great looking plants is to buy perennials that you can divide. This may sound like advanced level gardening but really it isn’t. It will work with clump forming perennials such as geums, astrantia and hardy geraniums.

Simply tip the plant out of its pot and pull it apart into two or three bits, each with some stalks and root. Dig a hole and plant each part in your flowerbed. Next year when they’ve grown and spread, you can dig them up and pull them apart again to gain even more plants.

You’ll get a wonderful display in a couple of years for very little cash. Six geranium plants are usually enough to get going in an average sized garden.


Looking to fill your gardens with perennials? Our favourite go-to stores include Thompson & Morgan, Crocus and Suttons.


Tree love

Considering their size and longevity, trees are very inexpensive and just a few will make a difference to the look of a garden. Try small trees like June berry, Amelanchier lamarckii, an ornamental cherry like Prunus × incam ‘Okamé’, or a crab apple. Three should be plenty for an average sized garden.


Bright lights

Outdoor fairy lights can be bought online all year around and they’re a quick, simple and cheap way to bring a pretty glow to a patio and beyond. You can arrange them through tree or shrub branches, attach them to fences and furniture, or suspend them from canes stuck into the ground. They can be run from a plug inside the house, so you don’t need an electrician.


Lights4Fun do a great range of garden lights, from multi coloured festoon lights to solar fairy lights.



Paint effect

You’ll be surprised by how much a lick of paint can transform an old fence and provide a striking backdrop for greenery and jewel-coloured plants. And the colour you should opt for? Black.

‘The depth this colour gives is magical for garden designers; paint a fence black and it disappears, a shed becomes less of an eyesore and that old bench suddenly becomes a chic focal point,’ says Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Andrew Duff.

Don’t forget, you can give your plant pots a new lease of life by painting them too.

READ MORE: Why black is this summer’s must-have garden paint colour


Feed birds

Welcome wildlife to your garden by installing a bird feeder, bird bath or bird house. More birds attracted to your outdoor space will mean more chances of listening to the sound of birds singing, which is great for your wellbeing. In fact, research shows that listening to the sound of birds can help lower stress and fatigue, as well as helping to combat anxiety.

Looking for an even cheaper way? Don’t throw away tin cans. Wash out old tin cans (from soup and baked beans), paint, fill with birdseed, and hang in the garden for your own homemade bird feeder.


Banbury Swing Seat Bird Feeder, £18,



DIY pond

Another great way to attract wildlife to your garden is with a pond – and it won’t cost much at all. Simply collect pebbles and stones, dig a hole in the garden, protect the bottom with a pond liner and hide it using the pebbles and rocks. Then fill with water to create a pond.

READ MORE: 8 steps to creating your own garden pond


Gravel paths

When it comes to paths and patios, gravel is a much more affordable surface than paving. To lay it in place; mark out the area, then scrape away loose soil or grass, pin down a permeable membrane to stop the weeds coming through and spread the gravel over it. Aim for a depth of 2.5cm. You can choose a pale gravel, like Honey Stone, to contrast with your lawn and planting. A large bag will cover around 20 sq metres.


Head to B&Q, Travis Perkins or Wickes for all your gravel needs!

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