Top tips for a budget friendly garden

Spending quality time in your garden is a great way to extend the comfort of your living space – and make the most of your home.

Whether your entertaining, relaxing, or simply enjoy gardening, your outdoor space will offer several opportunities to take pleasure in, no matter how big or small. And, what’s more – you don’t need to have a huge budget to create a garden that you want to spend time in. 

We’ve teamed up with Marshalls, who supply garden products to our Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, to give you five top tips to make the most of your garden on a budget – so you can enjoy it with friends and family all year round.

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Be self-sufficient

Consider building your own planters or outdoor seating using waste wood from another project, or you can access timber from your local builders’ merchant. Take inspiration from social media and online guides– there are plenty of tools available online to truly “do it yourself”. You could also think about creating your very own kitchen garden – and we don’t mean a high-flying al fresco restaurant! Convert a section of your garden into a vegetable patch and “grow your own”, so you can enjoy a new past time while watching the pennies too.


Create a biodiverse space

Perhaps the easiest and cheapest way to give your patio a quick boost is to add new  plants for a pop of colour, they can look especially great in a mix of different sized pots set at angles on natural coloured paving. Whether you go for pansies, or you opt for swathes of violet lobelia, good old-fashioned begonias, prolific geraniums with their distinctive scent, or sweet busy lizzies, you’ll enjoy vibrant colours which will freshen up any patio. You can also be safe in the knowledge that you’re creating a beautifully biodiverse space in your very own home.

Sitting pretty

The key to spending time outdoors is to make it comfy; and the right set of furniture can do wonders when you want to update your patio on a budget. Buying your furniture second hand is a great way to save money and make it more affordable, a fresh lick of exterior paint will give it a new lease of life. Whether you buy from local shops or take a browse on Facebook marketplace, there are a range of furniture sets waiting to be the perfect addition to your garden space.


Become ‘wasteless’

With the ever-growing change to our climate, investing in a wasteless garden can benefit you for years to come. Think about the drainage of your garden, and perhaps consider a landscape that needs little (or a mix) of watering. Investing in a patio area may save you money in the long term when considering up-keep of large, grassy areas. Permeable paving is also a great option for your front garden, to ensure your drive has sufficient drainage when needed.

Mix and match

This energetic trend provides plenty to catch the eye. Planting at different levels and using a mix of paving sizes and colours in a clever composition with a bit of creative flair, provides an impressive and affordable outdoor space. Choose a paving that’s available in a variety of sizes and/or colours to create extra interest and contrast. Richmond Utility Paving is one affordable option that can be used to great effect in a mixed media patio, or Organa is another popular option.

BBC GWL Marshalls sustainability garden living wall

If you have any advice you’d like to ask our friends at Marshalls, make sure to find out more on their website here. 

Plus, did you see the Marshalls Sustainability Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2022? Find out more here.

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be back alongside the BBC Good Food Show Summer from 15-18 June 2023. Find out more below…

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!