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20 easy DIY ways to improve your garden

Leigh Leigh
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DIY, woodworking, home improvement—they're all difficult topics, especially when it comes to the garden. The good news is that we're here to make it all a bit easier!

One of the first things that we enjoy when it comes to summer is the garden. It's the space where we can enjoy the outdoors, relax in the sunshine, feel the fresh air and be among nature. Whether we are entertaining friends and family or are seeking solitude, the garden is simply magical.

To really have a lovely time in our garden, it needs to be well-maintained and looked after. The plants and flowers should be fresh, the grass should be trimmed and the furniture should be in good condition. The walls, floors and railings should also be pristine.

However, once we start to think about fixing up the garden, we get overwhelmed with the thought of how much money it will cost as well as how much effort it takes. The good news is, today at homify we are going to show you how with just a little bit of creativity, you can end up with a creative garden.

In this article, we will present you with 20 fabulous but practical ideas that will make your garden look wonderful. You'll be inspired to transform your exterior space!

1. Flower path

Traditional Garden Country style garden by Unique Landscapes Country
Unique Landscapes

Traditional Garden

Unique Landscapes

For those who have the space, there is nothing more beautiful than a garden that features a path of flowers along a path, which leads to the entrance of the house. You can install a wooden pergola, like designers professionals Unique Landscapes have done here with creepers and plants. This creates a tunnel of sorts that is fabulous and romantic.

2. Delimit sectors

One way to delimit the space in the garden as well as give it harmony is to build rectangular blocks around the perimetre of the garden. 

This can be made of stone, cement or any other raw material.

3. Dwarfed trees

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Capi Europe

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Capi Europe

If you have limited space in your garden but you want trees in this space, opt for dwarfed trees. Accompanied by a striking pot and you'll have the most gorgeous garden on the block!

4. Opt for stone

Raised block and slate planter Modern Garden by Lush Garden Design Modern
Lush Garden Design

Raised block and slate planter

Lush Garden Design

For those who want to give a rustic or natural touch to the garden, opting for materials like stone can help you to achieve this. You can go for a stone wall or stone pots on the floor. You can even opt for a stone planter too!

5. Hanging flowerpots

NEW Living Wall Planter by Woolly Pocket
Woolly Pocket

NEW Living Wall Planter

Woolly Pocket

One of the simplest and practical alternatives when it comes to decorating the garden is to hang pots up. You can invest in plenty of variety, including different sizes, shapes and colours of plants, flowers and pots.

6. Use colour

Bay tree cone in fibreglass planter Modern Garden by Gardenplan Design Modern
Gardenplan Design

Bay tree cone in fibreglass planter

Gardenplan Design

To personalise your garden in a very simple way, add colour in key places. Put neutral colours on the walls but paint the flowerpots, railings and other details in flashy colours like fuchsia.

7. Vertical garden

NEW Living Wall Planter by Woolly Pocket
Woolly Pocket

NEW Living Wall Planter

Woolly Pocket

Vertical gardens are a wonderful way to decorate a terrace and are easy to make as well as cost-effective. There is also so much diversity in terms of designs and styles. 

Have a look at these tips: How can I create and plant a vertical garden?

8. Use a variety of plants

To make your garden more entertaining, fill it with all kinds of plants with different sizes and shapes. Also opt for different shades, volumes and foliage. 

9. Plants with aroma

A country garden in the Cotswolds Country style garden by Bowles & Wyer Country
Bowles & Wyer

A country garden in the Cotswolds

Bowles & Wyer

A very subtle way to decorate your garden is to plant bushes, trees and flowers that give off pleasant aromas. This will protect your exterior space from insects and pests and make it that much more pleasant.

10. Flowers of many colours

Find a place in your garden for climbers - they will reward you with a wonderful show Country style garden by Perfect Plants Ltd Country
Perfect Plants Ltd

Find a place in your garden for climbers—they will reward you with a wonderful show

Perfect Plants Ltd

One way to give colour to the garden, besides painting elements in this space, is by investing in flowers with different colours. These will not only add joy to the garden but give the space a very romantic look.

11. Plants according to the climate

One point that we must take into account is that we must choose plants that work well in the South African climate. If they thrive, we will spend less money buying new plants!

12. Adorn with pines

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward Modern Garden by Josh Ward Garden Design Modern Plastic
Josh Ward Garden Design

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward

Josh Ward Garden Design

Pines are a very popular decorative element in gardens because apart from being beautiful, they bring a refreshing smell to the space. Even medium or small pine trees can give a terrace a wonderful atmosphere. Pair with some comfortable chairs!

13. Secrets for taking care of your garden

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One way to keep your garden in good condition is to invest in natural fertilizers. You can use a citrus peel or vegetables to nourish the plants.

14. Idyllic

Achieving an idyllic environment in a garden requires a lot of plants and greenery. Familiarise yourself with plants suitable for the city's climate as well as which plants prefer sun or shade. 

Remember that there are also plants that thrive in winter and plants that thrive in summer.

15. Water and stone

For the more ambitious who have enough resources to make dreams come true, invest in a beautiful waterfall or stone water feature to turn your garden into an outdoor paradise.

Have a look at these stunning water features that work in any home!

16. Which plants you choose

If it is difficult for you to choose plants for your terrace, choose ones that really appeal to you. They should inspire and delight!

17. Another good fertilizer

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The little bunny egg cup


Another good way to take care of plants the natural way is to use egg shells. Grind them and spread them on the ground and your plants will be nourished.

18. Nature in every corner

Extend the garden to each corner of your home by putting plants in every environment. In the kitchen, a herb garden can be a refreshing touch, for example!

19. Xerophytic plants

For those who love plants but don't have the time or desire to care for them or can't get around to watering them frequently, this is the best option. You'll be amazed by the variety and beauty that exists!

20. Green in all shades

Don't forget to incorporate the beautiful landscape and surrounds into your garden design!

Also have a look at these articles:

Making a big impression with a small front garden.

7 Tips to a Beautiful Front Garden.

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