30 garden ideas to transform your outdoor space in no time

  1. Take your old storage solutions outdoors
Outdoor shelving storage unit

An old set of shelves are perfect for creating a budget-friendly potting table or your own vertical planter. Be sure to weatherproof your furniture so that will last through winter and summer, why not consider giving it a colorful makeover with a pot of garden furniture paint?

  1. Make a garden feel bigger with a mirror
Patio with bistro set surrounded by wooden fencing and mirror

If there is a dark, gloomy corner, try transforming it with a weatherproof mirror positioned to create a focal point where there previously wasn’t anything to see but cobwebs. In a small, enclosed area garden mirror ideas can also create the illusion of space.

  1. Lay artificial grass
White walled garden with artificial grass and bistro set

If you’re itching for a lush green lawn, but don’t have the time to put into keeping it trim and water, artificial grass is the answer. No longer a taboo, thanks to some super-realistic designs, you won’t be afraid to tell your neighbors what’s got them so green with envy.

Just make sure to give it a once over with a stiff-bristled brush every so often.

  1. Encourage other things to grow with companion plants
Wooden fence with pink trellis and climbing roses

This handy tip requires a little research beforehand. Group plants strategically based on what blooms grow well with others and will help them thrive. For example, strong-smelling herbs such as thyme grow well next to roses, as the scent deters blackflies.

  1. Embrace garden tech
Black fence with festoon lighting and potted plants

If you really can’t be relied on to make sure your plants are regularly watered and fed, it might be time to look into a self-watering plant pot. There is plenty of gardening tech out there to make maintaining your plot of land easier. You can even get an automated wheelbarrow these days!

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