Decorate Your Garden Without Breaking Your Bank

Have an Idea in Mind

It helps to have an idea of the theme or motif that you want to create before you begin to shop. Gardening magazines and websites are a great place to begin, but don’t be afraid to step out on your own and be creative. Do you want your garden to reflect your artistic side? Maybe you are looking for a more romantic touch. Whatever your tastes, here are some novel ways to spruce up your garden without spending a fortune to do it.

Flea Markets and Thrift Stores

You can find a wealth of ideas for your garden by scoping out your local thrift stores and flea markets. Look for old things to make new again. A child’s wagon is a playful and fun planter for flowers and perennials. A little bit of ingenuity can change the face of old fixtures like an old claw foot bath-tub into unique and artistic accent pieces for your garden.

Small boxes and containers can be reawakened with some arts and crafts supplies that you can hang in your trees and convert into bird feeders. Even old bottles and jars can be given new life and add a little magic to your garden.

Find Free Bricks and Stones

Create walk ways and borders for your flower and plant beds by looking through classifieds for curbside treasures. Always be careful, and go with a friend, but surplus bricks are often given away at deeply discounted prices or even for free. Ask the foreman at a construction site what they plan on doing with their left-over bricks. Selling them to you at a discount saves them from having to clan them up!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Natural beauty can be found anywhere there is a beach or pathway through the woods. Driftwood that has been sanded and polished by the ocean can be shaped into tables and chairs, or be used to hang planters from. Polished glass and stones are great for use in mosaics, and also add flair and color to your flower beds.

Don’t Forget the Side of the Road

Remember that old tractor tire that you have driven past every day on your way to work? Not only are they great as the classic tire swing, they can also be used to create different levels in your flower beds (when stacked) as an interesting and artistic planter. Give your tire a good soapy hosing let it dry in the sun. Have some fun with some paint and then let it form a ring around a flower bed.

Check Your Garage and Attic for Buried Treasure

Convert your ‘garbage’ into art and liven up your garden! Old furniture, containers and found objects can be converted into unique and whimsical accent pieces. Recreate dresser drawers into plant boxes and drizzle some of those maria-gras beads in the branches of your trees,

Your imagination is the only limit to what you can accomplish in your back yard. Decorating your garden on a budget is not only do-able, it can be lots of fun! New concepts and ideas can be found almost anywhere you look.