Garden Hacks: How to Create the Perfect Retreat

Whilst British weather may not always allow it (rain, rain go away), we think there's perhaps nothing better than a day spent in the garden, unwinding with family and friends. Revamping your outdoor space doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Here are some back garden ideas to help you create a transformation in no time.

Garden Hacks

Get some storage

One of the fastest ways to make your garden into a welcoming space is to declutter. Why not get yourself a cute shed or greenhouse to store all those items that might come in handy one day? Post anything you don’t need anymore on Gumtree or take it to your local recycling centre, and enjoy your newly tidy garden.

upcycle garden

Upcycle your clutter

Take a good look at all the bits and bobs around your home and garden. Would any of it be good as a planter, or maybe a small table? A lick of paint or some decorations can be a great way to brighten up old items. Check out our Instagram for some upcycling inspiration. If you find some things in reasonably good condition that you’re not sure how to improve, why not put them on Gumtree and, while you’re there, shop around for a bargain that could really jazz up your garden?

Garden furniture

Choose some garden furniture

If you want to spend time relaxing in your garden, you’ll need some great garden furniture. Depending on how much space you have, you might want to go for a bench, swinging seats or a table and chairs for grabbing lunch outdoors on a sunny day. Look out for folding options too – perfect if you have a smaller garden. We’ve taken a look at the best garden sets for less than £500 to give you some inspiration.

Garden storage

Hide your bins

Bins are a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you want to look at them while relaxing outdoors. Consider a landscape design that will enable you to tuck them out of sight. You can also hide them using larger plants in pots or a trellis. Just make sure you can still get them in and out easily on collection day.

Outdoor plants

Liven things up with some plants

A quick way to add colour and life to any space is to introduce bright garden plants. If you want plants in the ground that can be moved in future, try putting them inside two stacked pots buried so that the top is at surface level. It’s always worth checking what kind of conditions different plants need before you buy them so you can care for them properly. And if you’re not green-fingered, we’ve taken a look at the best ground cover plants for a low maintenance garden. Visit our gardening content and keep an eye on our Instagram for handy tips.

Garden heaters

Add some heating

A great way to make the most of your garden on chilly evenings is to get an outdoor heater. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even go for a fire pit, for a cheery after-dark experience – perfect for toasting marshmallows with the kids on weekends or simply hanging out with friends in the evenings. Whichever you choose, it’s important to set it up safely and supervise children carefully while it’s in use. Take a look at our guide on the best patio heaters for your garden to for inspiration and advice.

However big or small your outdoor space, these ideas will help you create a garden layout that’s thoroughly relaxing. Check out everything you need for the perfect garden on Gumtree today.