Small Garden Ideas On A Budget – Create Maximum Impact

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You have a small garden, and you want to create the most beautiful space you can.

You want to create maximum impact, but you’re on a budget.

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How do you plan your home garden to bring out its potential while ensuring that you don’t overspend?

There are many different things you could do to make the most of what you have while planning your garden for the future. By using shape, light, climate and structure, you can add plenty of style to your garden; this will enable you to keep your budget for items that will make a high impact.

Here are some DIY small garden ideas on a budget that you should consider:

Reshape your flower beds.

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Creating an attractive garden begins with design.

Have a look at the overall shape of your flower beds. Line and shape add interest to your garden without costing you a fortune. By creating organic or curved looking flower beds (1), you are able to add flow.

There are some great budget-friendly ways to edge your garden as well. For edging, you can use cinder blocks, glass bottles, scrap wood (use different lengths for a stylish effect), wooden logs, and many other things that can be obtained inexpensively.

Trim your trees.

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By pruning your trees, shaping them and clearing away low lying or fine branches, you add a sense of structure to your garden. You also let in the light and add a sense of height, which will produce a dramatic effect.

Carefully-shaped trees allow higher branches to flourish. Keep your larger branches, while clearing away excess, twiggy offshoots in order to create a green canopy.

Paint your flower pots.

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If you’d like to add a fresh touch to your garden, brightening up old pots is an excellent idea.

You could use paint effects on old concrete pots, or you could brighten up your terracotta with a coat of lime. Add a structured plant to provide an interesting feature for your patio or deck.

Create a built-in flower bed for your vegetables or herbs.

If you’re keen on creating a vegetable garden or adding an herb bed to your garden, create a feature area. By adding a built-in planter to your small (could be very small) garden, you will provide an area where your herbs and veggies can flourish.

Small spaces can be converted into an herb lanes. As herbs have an attractive scent, you may want to plant them in an area of your garden that is visited frequently.

Use cuttings.

When gardening on the cheap, remember to use cuttings in order to maximize impact. Plants such as ground covers can be used to add layers of height and (often) scent to your garden. Many can be propagated by adding cuttings to your garden.

Plectranthus are particularly easy to grow from cuttings and provide an attractive scent. Add layers by using smaller, solid leafed plants at the front of your beds, and then adding a layer of variegated (multicoloured) plants behind them. Plectranthus also make attractive additions to plant pots or troughs.

Go evergreen.

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By choosing evergreen plants, you will keep your outdoor garden looking leafy during winter time. Popular evergreen choices are holly, lavender, juniper and nandina.

Evergreen plants look great when contrasted with brightly-coloured foliage in rich oranges and deep reds. This will help in creating contrast areas to your garden, adding richness and warmth while maintaining a leafy feel.

Go zen.

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Creating a zen garden will elicit a feeling of spaciousness while reducing the number of plants you need to gain an impact. Zen gardens rely on structural plants with interesting shapes, as well as dramatic foliage.

With zen gardens, flower beds take interesting shapes, gravel or sand can be raked into patterns and boulders can add texture or pattern.

Zen gardens may include a small water feature which can be built using an old plant pot with spout and pump attached. Ensure you waterproof the inside of this pot in order to protect your feature from leakage. You could also create a feature area in your zen garden – try adding a small concrete pond lined with attractive coloured pebbles.

Go low-maintenance.

A low-maintenance garden adds ease while saving you money; this is because using plants which are suited to your climate ensures that they will survive and flourish. Creating a climate-friendly garden will also attract plants, birds and insects to your garden, ensuring pollination and creating an abundance of life, sound and colour.

Many low maintenance gardens replace grass with gravel or stone. Use a fabric lining underneath graveled areas in order to prevent weeds from growing through. Mulch your flower beds to to retain moisture.

Final thoughts…

Bringing a small garden to life is easy when you know what to do. Remember to begin by planning carefully, assessing what you have, and reshaping your flower beds to match the style you are developing. Careful planning and construction will go a long way towards getting the bones of your garden together.

If you’re trying to save money, remember that your design is everything. Careful thought ensures zero waste, meaning that all your money will go to interesting features or highlights; these will make a big impact in a small garden. A quick note on terracing: it can be difficult to do on a budget, but there are ways to keep the cost down.

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6 Responses

  1. Kathy R. says:


    Thanks for the ideas. My husband and I recently moved into a new home, and it has a nice small garden area we’d like to landscape. We’re not prepared to employ the services of a landscaper, so we’re trying to go down the DIY route as much as we can. It would have been nice to see some example pictures of small garden designs, but I have looked at the landscaping package you mention and it does look pretty good.

    One of our main issues is privacy – it’s pretty easy for neighbors to look into our yard and we want to change that. What would you recommend?

    Thanks again for the content!

    • Scott says:

      Hi Kathy – it sounds like the DIY package would be great for you. There are many ways to achieve privacy in your yard, including:

      – property-line privacy plantings: for year-round screening. Try fast-growing columnar evergreens such as arborvitae or Italian Cypress. Such hedge shrubs typically need a temperate climate to thrive.
      – natural-looking layered privacy plantings: a mix of perennials, shrubs, deciduous, evergreen trees, etc.
      – as long as they don’t need to be too high and you’re complying with local building code, fences (a 6-ft board for example) work great.
      – if you can afford it, a stone wall topped with fencing is another option
      – using fountains to mask noise

      Good luck, and thanks for visiting the site!

  2. Eric says:

    I tried to go “zen” in my yard and it was a disaster – didn’t come out at all the way I wanted. Some good ideas here nonetheless… thank you

    • Scott says:

      Sorry to hear that Eric. Let me know if you’d like any advice or have a specific problem you want addressed. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Good article! I found that simply painting my flower pots really helped to liven up my garden. You can test out a few different colours and see what works best. These ideas are a bit “safe” but they do have potential if implemented correctly.

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