Bold ideas and a bit of digging can reap great rewards even when a trip to the garden centre is just too expensive.
Bursts of colour
Carefully dig up flowers and shrubs and replant them in clusters with similar colours to maximize the impact of what you’ve got.
If you have a path already, enhance its look by keeping the edges well-defined and trimmed back, and keeping moss or weeds out of the gaps between paving stones. Or gather together a few good-sized stones and hunks of brick to map out a path or create a ‘curb’ where your lawn ends and flowerbeds begin.
Recycling old gardening tools
If you have old forks and rakes that aren’t up to rigorous use around the garden anymore, use these as uprights to support climbing plants.
If your outside walls could do with a lick of paint but you don’t have any spare stone or outdoor paint in the shed, consider using an old beaded curtain in front of the wall to add colour.
Ditch the old shed
If you don’t have the money to replace that wobbly old shed, consider relocating its contents and simply getting rid of it until you have the funds for a new one. You’ll be amazed how much better and more spacious your garden will look if you clear it away. Use some of the wood to create your own veg patch.
Cuttings swap. Refresh your flowerbeds by asking friends for cuttings of plants from their gardens and offering some of yours in return.