When it comes to the renovation of your small garden, it can often feel like not much can be done, let alone when on a budget. But gardening on a budget doesn’t mean you have to put up with a boring backyard. When it comes to transforming your outdoor space, a little can go a long way. Here’s some of the best budget ideas that will transform your garden space, just in time for summer.

DIY Hammock

diy hammock

Who doesn’t dream of swinging in a hammock and watching the world go by? A hammock is the ultimate way of adding alfresco relaxation to your garden, no matter what size it is. This will instantly transform your garden or patio into a chilled-out scene that could rival any beach bar in Ibiza (with some imagination). Opt for bright materials to add a pop of colour and design to your garden and hang under shade for the perfect protect snoozing spot.

Fairy Lights

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For a small, yet very effective investment, outdoor string lighting can light up a place in a multitude of ways to transform your garden into something truly magical. Illuminate your paths, light up the yard, add an intimate feel to alfresco dining, or jazz up plain fencing and old tree. Outdoor lights can be bought online all year round and they’re a super quick, simple and cheap way to bring a pretty glow to your small space.

Seating Area

This may seem like an unattainable idea, particularly in a small space on a small budget. Adding some contemporary furniture such as a small bench or seating blocks in the corner of your small garden is a great way of making use of space and perfect excuse for inviting friends and family over in the summer months. Keep a feeling of warmth, even in a shady corner by adding brightly coloured cushions and planting.

Fence Makeover

Garden fence often need more care and attention than you think. This is a great and affordable way to add life to your small garden. Use paint that is specially designed for outdoor use as this will help preserve the wood meaning the colour wont fade. Instead of going for your usual shades of brown or green, consider a fresh and playful colour instead that will bring a pop of vibrancy to your garden. Try a bright orange shade that will make a bold statement as well as giving your garden a warm Mediterranean feel.

Add Some Texture and Material

outdoor home decor

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An outdoor rug and some oversized floor cushions laid over a faded decking or old patio will instantly life your outdoor space and provide you with an entertaining area which is just as stylish as your interior, as well as being the perfect summer retreat. Go for designs that have patterns on both sides so you can flip them over if they begin to discolour in the sun and be sure to store them in a dry place at night.


flower garden

It may seem obvious, and slightly boring, but when it comes to simple backyard ideas on a budget, you can never go wrong with flowers. Bright flowers are ideal for adding a natural pop of colour to your landscape without overcrowding. Plant hydrangea bushes or tulip bulbs along the fence or visit your local gardening store and buy a few pots to fill with your favourite blossoms. If you have opted for a colour scheme within your garden, follow this with your choice of flower for a super stylish and thought-out look.

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Portable Bar

portable bar

Say goodbye to making multiple trips inside and say hello to a portable bar cart. Load your cart up with glasses, small appetizer plates, a pitcher for lemonade or water, and an array of snack to have a convenient fuelling station that is sure to impress friends and family.

Tree Stumps

Getting rid of the huge, old tree trunk that takes centre place in your small garden may seem like the most daunting (and expensive) of tasks. So, don’t. Instead of spending time, energy and money trying to remove the stump, just add a wooden or glass top to transform it into a useful table for enjoying a morning coffee, sunset cocktails or weekend brunch with pals.

Read more: 5 Springtime Garden Bed Tips To Prepare For Summer

Landscaped Lines

Small spaces can also be made more attractive with a crisp, contemporary look and strong landscaped lines. This can be achieved on a budget by creating interesting interlocking zones with distinctive materials such as wood-stained decking, or decorative stones which can be purchased cheaply and will help you achieve a stylish look, even in the smallest of gardens.

Read more: Drought-Proof Landscaping Ideas

DIY Vertical Grow

diy vertical garden


This is one of the most effective and affordable ways to transform your small garden. Invest in some cheap plastic plant pots and drill them into a wooden pallet to place against your house, garden walls or fence.

Read more: Why Vertical Gardening Makes You A Better Gardener

Don’t Let Size or Budget Curb Your Ambitions

A backyard makeover doesn’t have to be costly to be luxurious. Often, the right ambience lighting, patio furniture and DIY magic are all you need to create your dream yard to fit your taste and style.

Read more: Beginners Gardening Guide For First-Time Homeowners

Very Small Garden Design Ideas You Can Do on a Budget was last modified: May 23rd, 2022 by Poppy Jones
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