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Gardening on a budget

BySF News

Jun 12, 2020

Is your garden looking a little lacklustre and needing a bit of TLC? As we’re spending more time in our homes and gardens than ever before, there’s no time like the present to tackle your outdoor space.

Breathing new life into your garden, doesn’t always require a landscape gardener. There are plenty of simple updates you can do without breaking the bank.

Whether you have a small garden, patio area or a balcony garden, Matthew Currington at The Lighting Superstore has put together a budget gardening guide to create your own tranquil haven.

Pop of colour

This might seem obvious, but a fresh lick of paint makes everything look brighter. Fences tend to be a dismal brown colour, weathered by natural conditions. Why not spruce yours up with a new, exciting coat?

Instead of your usual shades of brown, consider a fresh, playful colour instead.  If you want to make your garden feel more spacious, an off-white will expand your space infinitely.


Upcycling is the ideal way to inject some homemade décor into your garden. Not only is it wasteless, it can often cost you absolutely nothing. Turn your old, unloved items into features around the garden – old crates and pots can be used to organise your tools and leftover jars can be filed with tea lights for a Pinterest worthy addition.

To get really creative, try making your own bird feeder! All you need is a mug, a strong piece of string and somewhere to hang it. Attach the string to the mugs handle and fill it with bird-friendly food like seeds or peanut butter. This idea perfectly teams eco-friendly with stylish details.

Green fingers

It comes as no surprise that adding flowers to your green space can really spruce it up. If you have the room bedding plants add instant colour into your garden. With garden centres reopening this could be the best time to get your green thumbs out.

If space is quite limited, living walls are a great alternative to embrace vertical planting and create maximum drama in your outdoor space.


Brick paths are a really easy statement feature to create in your garden. Simply dig up some shallow ground so only a bit of your slab or brick sticks out or if you have gravel you can just nestle them in – this makes a cute stepping-stone pathway to add something a little extra to your outdoors.

Best of all, you can use old bricks or slabs that you may have. If not, check on selling sites to see if anyone is looking to get rid of some locally.

Bring a touch of inside out

Why double up the expenses of buying separate outdoor accessories. Dress your space with attractive textural accessories that can be easily popped inside should the great British weather take a turn for the worse.

Adding blankets or rugs to your patio or seating area is an easy way to burst some colour and personality into the space.

You could also place old mirrors on the fence to add some style while also making the space look much bigger through clever reflections.

Light it up

Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a garden. Not only are they practical – allowing you to enjoy your space well into the evening – adding a touch of illumination to a seating area can bring a touch of ambiance for the warm summer nights.

Think twinkly lanterns hanging from a tree or solar stakes nestled among your flowerbeds, there is a light for every garden.

By SF News