10 Easy Garden Ideas to Brighten Your Outdoor Space
To many of us, our gardens have become our salvation during the lockdown. This has led many homeowners to realize how much they have neglected their outdoor sanctuary. If your garden is a hell of unfinished jobs, you will regret not brightening it up in case of a second lockdown.
Luckily, you don’t need to hire a gardener to do some hard landscaping if you want to give your garden an instant lift. Here are a few quick and easy garden ideas to spruce up your garden.
Hang a Mirror
An outdoor mirror is a great way to add some wow factor to your garden. If you have a small garden, a big mirror will make it seem much larger. The key is to position it cleverly.
If you want more sunlight in your garden, there are better solutions than fixing a heavy outdoor mirror to your garden. An acrylic mirror is a much better option.
Acrylic mirrors are lighter than traditional outdoor mirrors. On top of that, they come in a wide range of designs.
If you want to create a more dramatic effect, you can get an illusion mirror. It can make the wall appear to be a window, hedge, or garden gate. No matter what kind of mirror you get, this easy garden idea will transform your garden.
Take a Rug Outside
You can give new life to your lawn or patio with a pretty outdoor rug. For a touch of interior chic, you can slip one under your garden table.
Outdoor rugs are easy to clean. When your garden rug gets dirty, simply hose it down or vacuum it. The average outdoor rug is hard-wearing enough to handle a lot of foot traffic, so you won’t have to replace yours anytime soon.
Build a Log Cabin
At first glance, a log cabin may not seem like a simple garden upgrade, but log cabins are much simpler constructions than most people think. You can build a small log cabin all by yourself, and, in most cases, you don’t even need planning permission.
There are many log cabin kits for DIYers on the market, so you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect log cabin design for your garden.
Considering the many benefits a log cabin has to offer, building one is undoubtedly worth it. Not only is a log cabin a great addition to any garden, but it’s also a cost-efficient way of adding a new room to your property. Log cabins make great garden offices, gyms, and summerhouses.
Timber is a natural insulator. It will keep your log cabin cool in the summer and warm in the winter, so you’ll be able to use it all year round. Log cabins do require some level of maintenance, but they are very energy efficient.
Paint Your Woodwork
Giving your outdoor woodwork a bit of color is a sure-fire way to spruce up your garden. There are many different stains out there that can make your fence, shed, and garden furniture look brand new.
You can choose from vibrant hues to soft off-whites, the options are endless. Just be sure to go with an environmentally friendly finish. Organic formulas dry to an animal and plant safe finish, so they are typically the best choice.
Light the Way
You can use outdoor lanterns and fairy lights all year round. They are easy to come by and they don’t break the bank. To create a festival-style feel, you can hang them overhead, attach them around the fence, and arrange them through branches and trees.
With so many lighting options out there, you can easily turn a bleak space into an otherworldly landscape. Your garden lights will provide safe passage through pathways and down the steps while completing the area with beams, colors, and a variety of effects.
Create a Living Space
All you need is a few pieces of garden furniture to create an extra living space in your backyard. A few cozy chairs and a table will encourage you to make the most of the warm weather and spend more time outside.
You can alter the whole feel and look of your garden this way. And, considering the fact that most of us will be vacationing at our homes this year, you’ll certainly appreciate the extra space.
Make Your Own Hanging Baskets
No garden is complete without flowers. If you want to add color to your patio or doorway, make a few hanging baskets of your own. They will look instantly impressive.
The process is simple: fill a few decorative baskets with your favorite flowers and hang them where you see fit. Old colanders can do just as well.
If you aren’t really into florals, you can go with herbs, veggies, fruit, or greenery. Experimenting with garden baskets is a great way to improve your gardening skills. A planter can also be a great solution if you have a larger garden.
Feature a Fire Pit
Create the feel of a holiday villa by building a fire pit in your garden. The ultimate autumn companion, a fire pit will help you take full advantage of the good weather.
Fire pits are very versatile. Your fire pit will create a cozy feel on a chilly October evening, but you can also use it to roast marshmallows on a hot summer night.
Lay Artificial Grass
If you don’t have the time to water and trim your lawn, consider laying artificial grass. You will have a lush garden without having to deal with a lot of maintenance.
Thanks to some incredibly realistic designs, artificial grass is no longer a taboo. Your neighbors will be green with envy—they won’t even realize it’s not real. To make the most of your artificial grass, you should occasionally give it a once over with a stiff-bristled brush.
Succulents are gorgeous and indestructible. They are a great solution for those who don’t have a green thumb.
Get some succulents that can go without daily water, and you won’t have to battle with plants every day just so that you would keep them alive.
However, if you prefer something scented, jasmine is a wonderful low-maintenance plant. But, you will have to water it a bit in dry conditions, even though it can take a lot of battering.
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.