Have you ever dreamt of one of those gardens straight out of a glossy magazine? You know the ones; with impressive water features, perfectly manicured lawns and flowers aplenty. We all want a garden that would stand up to the best at the Chelsea Flower Show, but we don’t all have the time or the money to get it done. We’ve got some quick fixes to help you create a stylish garden, in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.
Painted plant pots
Is your garden full of old, worn out plant pots? Most of us will admit that we need to update whatever holds our plants in place, but we just don’t have the time or the money. Instead of spending hours at the local garden centre, picking out the perfect plant pots, reinvent the ones you have. Invest in a cheap pot of tester paint (you won’t need much) in your favourite outdoor colour, then give each one a clean before painting. If you have any broken pots then don’t throw them out, simply break them up into lots of pieces and use them as gravel or to create a rock garden.
Trellis over shabby walls
If your garden wall, or fence, is looking a bit tired and worn out then you may be thinking about replacing it. It isn’t cheap to replace a whole garden wall, so consider your options for neatening it up instead. A quick wash of your wall should give it a bit more of panache, or paint it if you have the time. One of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce up a shabby wall is by using trellis and climbing plants. Simply fix the trellis along your wall and then plant some climbers at the bottom; for an even quicker fix opt for climbing plants that are nearly fully grown. Not only will it hide the wall, or fence, but it will add a whole new dimension to your garden.
Lay some decking
Decking is a great way to modernise your garden, as well as give you and your family some space to relax. You can find some good value decking boards from fencing companies, which are easy to lay and look great in minutes. Decking can be used in pretty much any area of the garden, just make sure your foundation is flat before building. Don’t forget to cut and place the decking joists before laying down your decking boards. Finally, finish the look off with some varnish or paint the wood.
Creating an atmosphere in your garden will persuade you and your family to spend more time out there, even in the evenings. Outdoor lighting is a cheap and quick way to create an atmosphere; helping you spend long evenings outside in the Summer. You don’t need to call up your local electrician to fit outdoor lighting, as you can get some lights that just stick in the grass and go. Paper lanterns create a beautiful Eastern theme or go for some modern solar lamps around the pond.
Each of these quick fixes shouldn’t take longer than 60 minutes to do, and will instantly refresh your garden. Who said gardening was time consuming?