8 Budget Garden Ideas to Inspire Your Green Fingers

Give your garden a new lease of life. These budget garden ideas make your outdoor space look amazing while saving cash.   

Tired of peering out at that dreary garden of yours? With the warm weather on the way, there’s no time like the present to start planning stylish ways to transform your outdoor sanctuary. But doing so doesn’t mean you need an endless budget. That’s why we’re sharing some cost-effective gardening tips to freshen up any garden, terrace or patio in no time.  

Start with seeds 

You can save major money by starting with seeds instead of seedlings, whether you want to grow flowers, herbs or veggies. If you’re a complete novice or don’t want to put in the extra time or effort, consider that the plants are one of the more nominal costs when creating your garden. Items like tools and planters will undoubtedly cost more.  

Invest in a planter 

We’ll be honest: outdoor planters aren’t the best item to employ on a budgeting list. While they can be pricey, they’re built to withstand the elements. That means when your plants have past their prime, the planter can house a new plant design. It’s an investment, but one you can reuse time and time again.  

Leverage vertical wall planters 

Use a trellis or vertical wall planter on one side of the balcony to add a little greenery, texture and depth. Plant trailing plants like honeysuckle or jasmine that will easily climb the walls and stick to the trellis (and can be taken with you when you move). The bonus? It adds graphic intrigue without any climbing plants at all.  

Plant and divide 

A budget-friendly way to fill your flowerbeds with beautiful plants is to buy perennials that you can divide. It’s an easy way to get more plants for your money. Simply tip the perennial out of its pot and pull it apart into two or three clumps, each with some stalks and root. Dig holes and plant each into the flowerbed. Next year when they’ve grown and spread, you can dig them up and pull them apart again to gain even more plants.  

Shape up 

To save money, go back to the basics. A great way to transform your garden is to cut the lawn into a clearly defined shape, such as a circle or square. Mark it out with string then use a spade to cut away the excess grass. It’s not a difficult task and shouldn’t take too long – but the payoff looks very high-end.   

Reupholster, repaint, rejuvenate 

Reclaim old garden furniture, fences and sheds with a fresh coat of paint. Neutral colours like white or creams will instantly lift a dull area and create a sense of space. However, don’t be afraid to go bold to make a dramatic garden impact.  

Upcycle the unused 

One of the most cost-effective garden ideas is to simply upcycle. Give old furniture or unused pallets a home in your garden with a lick of paint. You’d be surprised how well they turn into quirky planters.   

Get a mini greenhouse 

A mini greenhouse is the ultimate way to kickstart seeds (to save money), shield plants from the elements and house gardening tools.  

Improve your garden 

No matter how big or small your garden grows, it only takes a little work to cultivate beauty and connect with nature. Start by improving your home and garden this spring.