You can use common household items that would otherwise be destined for landfill to add style and flair to your garden.

Check out some of our favourite recycling and upcycling ideas from BBC Gardeners’ World Live over the years.

Don’t forget to visit BBC Gardeners’ World Live Special Edition to get even more ideas, including from the On Your Bike! Garden with a fun combination of recycling and upcycling all within a cycling theme!

Pallet bike rack, in the Health For Life Garden designed by Owen Morgan
recycled pallet bike rack

Bike pallet rack 600x400

Recycled tyres as a container, in ‘Our School Space’ Beautiful Border by Katie Suttle
recycled tyre container

Compost image 600x400

Recycled containers

Water bottle hanging planters, in Taste the Incredible Edibles, by Shire Oak Academy

Taste the Incredible Edibles designed by the Shire Oak Academy Design Team 600x400

An upcycled herb container, in the Watchmakers Garden by Alex Froggatt 

Upcycled box in Watchmakers Garden

Try preloved kitchen items to grow cut and come again salad, in the Pennard Plants display in the Floral Marquee

Pennard plants in the Floral Marquee 600x400

A galvanised tub makes a great container on the allotment, in The Allotment Garden by Jon Wheatley and Terry Porter

Dhalia Garden by Jon Wheatley Trough of Dhalias

A cable drum for a seating area around a tree, in the Revelation Garden by Derby College

Revelation by Mike Baldwin Silver Merit

Upcycled pipe water feature, in the Heightened Senses garden by Jo Jemmison

Heightened Senses Jo Jemmison

Reclaimed farm machinery sculptural feature, in the Reuse & Recycle Garden by Longstock Estate Landscapes at the BBC GW Spring Fair

RD BBC GWLive21_Waitrose and Leckford Estate_009

Get tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live Special Edition for a show-load more garden inspiration.

And for more inspiration direct to your inbox…

Sign up to the newsletter >

New year, new garden, new trends!

We’re through the garden gate into 2023, with a host of gardening trends blooming throughout the country. From house plants reaching dizzying heights of popularity, to the colour of the year ‘Viva Magenta’, read on for our full list of trends.

To get up close and personal with fresh garden inspiration, new plants, the latest gardening kit and more, join us in 2023.

Colour of the Year 2023

Hand-picked by Pantone, the colour of the year has been named as ‘Viva Magenta. 

Pantone describe the colour as ‘brave and fearless, and a pulsating colour whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.’

Discover a world of colour and scent in the stunning Floral Marquee,  bursting with award-winning nurseries and display.

Sustainable gardening

Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!

Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.

Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.

Grow your own food

Looking to go from soil to supper this year? Get brilliant advice from the National Allotment Society at the event.

Peat-free gardening

Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.

Indoor gardening

Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.

Mindful gardening

Beautiful Borders returns with this year’s theme ‘My Garden Escape’ to give you space savvy ideas.

Gardening on a budget

Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.

Fermented foods

Visit the BBC Good Food Summer Show (with free entry with your ticket!) and discover the latest foodie trends.

Feeling inspired? Find out what else is happening at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this June!