Garden Improvement Ideas

5 simple garden ideas to improve your outdoor space

Published 16th February 2024
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From hosting garden parties to chilling out with a good book, whatever you love most about spring and summer, now’s the perfect time to get your outdoor space ready to enjoy it to the fullest!

Follow these easy (and super cost-effective) garden ideas for a quick and simple spruce-up that’ll make all the difference!

colourful plant pots

1. Prettify your plant pots

Breathe new life into your trusty terracotta with a fresh lick of paint. The perfect way to personalise your plot, this simple transformation is incredibly effective and a great way to keep the kids entertained - just hand them a brush and let imaginations run wild!

Look out for pastel colours like sage, seashell pink and duck egg blue for a trendy cottagecore feel. Or for a more eclectic, retro vibe, choose a selection of bold oranges, reds and yellows. Don’t forget to check out our stencils for pattern inspiration!

Design secret: Follow the 'rule of three’ by arranging three flower pots of different sizes together in a cluster. Position them in a corner or towards the edge of your patio, to create an impressive feature. 

lady relaxing in hammock

2. Choose statement seating

Garden furniture can make all the difference to the look and feel of your space - so ditch the bog-standard plastic chairs and go for something a little more luxe!

For wish-you-were-here beach vibes, you can’t go wrong with a hammock! Ideal for reading and reclining in the sunshine, they give you that blissful holiday feeling at home. What’s not to love?!

Or, for an ultra-trendy piece that’s as stylish as it is snug, you’ll love a hanging chair - especially rattan and egg varieties! Chill out with a good book and a cocktail, and softly sway in the summer sun. Sounds like heaven!

Ready to get comfy? Check out our range of outdoor cushions while you're here. Filter by colour, material, chair type and brand to find your match!

garden gnome

3. Get creative with accessories

Garden accessories are a quick, easy and affordable way to inject some personality into your outdoor space. Available in metal, stone, wood and other organic materials, there’s a design to suit every style and preference.

Some of our favourites include:

outdoor festoon lights

4. Add some lights

Make every night a starry one with some beautiful outdoor lights that are perfect for those long, balmy evenings. From rustic lanterns to trendy festoon lights, there’s truly no simpler way to transform your garden after dark! 

Find your fave: 

Top tip: If your taste is more practical, solar lights dotted around your garden path can double up as an added decorative touch for the front lawn. With no wires or batteries to restrict you, they can be placed just about anywhere that catches the sun!

hanging plant pot

5. Master the feature wall

When we see fences, we don’t just see a plain old panel; we see a blank canvas that’s bursting with creative opportunities!

Trellising provides the perfect backdrop for your artwork. Go natural with climbing roses, wisteria and clematis, or get creative with paint, brushes and stencils - the choice is entirely yours!

Alternatively, decorative screens will make for a sophisticated yet understated addition, and can be paired with hanging flower pots (great for brightly-coloured geraniums and cacti) and plant stands for an extra splash of pizzazz.

For smaller spaces: Adding a few herbs to a raised bed in front of your wall art is a brilliant way to foster a mini garden while concealing any unsightly fencing.

planting flowers

Improving on a budget

Now that you have a few simple ideas up your sleeve, it’s time to grab your knee pads, stock up on plants and start carving out your idyllic outdoor spot!

A garden makeover needn’t require deep pockets or acres of land, which is why our suggestions work for just about every area - no matter how much space you have. Be it a quaint little cottage haven or a rival to Kew Gardens, we have a product to suit every plot and preference here!

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