How to Make an Idle Garden Beautiful and Functional!


You look at your garden and all you see is a lifeless space which continues to waste away. On the other hand, a garden that is merely being ‘maintained’ can be made into one that is gorgeous and completely functional with a few simple changes and/or additions! It’s a transformation just waiting to happen and the power to do it lies solely with you!

If you’ve never seen a living space extended to a garden before, you’re about to create one! With the new year just beginning, there really isn’t better time to do it. After you’ve incorporated the ideas below to make your garden functional and beautiful, we guarantee that this will be one of the best decisions you made in 2019! Read on.

Bid Adieu to Dried Up Plants; Trim Hedges

Don’t waste your time trying to revive dead plants or hope that a new shoot will start growing by watering them daily; instead, use this opportunity to start afresh and really make something beautiful of your garden space. This means putting on a pair of garden gloves and removing lifeless plants and bushes. If it’s more than you can handle, consider hiring a rubbish and waste removal company to do the needful. Apart from this, any overgrown hedges and/or grass will need trimming; you can enlist the help of a gardener for this if you don’t have the right tools for the job.  

Assess the Area; Get Creative

Now that your garden looks neater, maintained and more spacious, take a look around and envision a space that you would enjoy spending time in. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with a small space; there are plenty of ideas for beautifying a small garden and extending your living space. Consider where you want to have a sitting area, what types of plants you’d like, a theme, the kind of décor that will match, etc. Don’t feel overwhelmed by each decision; it’s just a matter of having a rough idea of what you’d like to make of your garden space and working with that.

The Addition of Garden Furniture; Choose Wisely

The variety of garden furniture out there will have your head in a tizzy! There are all kinds of materials and designs available that look gorgeous in a garden setup; however, it’s advisable to take your time and choose wisely. If you rush to buy garden furniture without looking around more, you might miss out on something better (and cheaper). It helps to do your research, compare prices and quality before you make you final decision. Apart from this, the type of material you choose is crucial. Outdoor furniture must be weather-resistant in order to last long and not lose its beauty quickly. From rain to harsh sunlight; your choice of garden furniture should be based on local weather conditions it will face in the future. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of options that will be 100% weather-resistant, serve your purpose and look absolutely beautiful in your garden! Of course, if you’re on a budget, you can paint some old furniture to give the pieces a new, vibrant appearance and utilise them in your garden instead!

Plants are a Must but do Your Research First

If you’re someone that doesn’t have much spare time (or the best memory), it’s best to pick low-maintenance plants. Many of these options are easy to grow and do not require frequent watering. Therefore, it’s important to do your research on garden plants to figure out which ones you are capable of growing healthily. Amount of sunlight is another factor to consider, as well as plant types which can be grown in pots and those that are better off growing in the ground. While more plants make your garden look greener, refreshing and beautiful, they also demand more time and maintenance to grow healthily. With that said, it’s best not to bite off more than you can chew! Some of the other low-maintenance options in the green department are hedging and shrubs/bushes. Depending on the amount of space you have in your garden, you might want to go with fewer plants and tall bushes/hedges instead.

Set a Theme; Use the Right Lights

Examples of a garden theme may include one that gives you tropical vibes, another that’s warm and cozy, etc. It could be anything you desire. Of course, lighting plays a rather big role in setting the ambience to match the theme and, like the furniture, there are plenty of varieties available! For a more romantic or homely setting, dim lights with strings of warm rice lights hung tastefully around the garden make for a really gorgeous looking space! On the other hand, a garden where homeowners enjoy entertaining, brighter lights with decorative lampshades or fixtures are more suitable. The choice is yours, just be sure to choose the right lights that go with your theme.

The Final Decor!

Before you give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, there are a few more things you can do to put the final touches on your new, gorgeous and functional garden space! Some ideas include artwork on the walls (facing your garden space); wind chimes; umbrellas over the tables; a hammock in a corner; etc. Whatever you choose, be sure that it adds to the beauty and/or functionality of the garden as opposed to making it look like there’s too much going on.

So, if you’ve ever felt like giving up on your garden space, the ideas above are guaranteed to get you feeling excited about bringing it back to life in the most beautiful and functional way!

Karen Saunders

Content Manager at Simply Maid
Karen Saunders is a full-time Content Manager at Simply Maid. Her 8+ years of writing experience spans the fields of copywriting, sales copy, blogging, editing and paraphrasing. Some of her areas of expertise include house cleaning, health and fitness, lifestyle topics, home décor and interior designing, travel tips, dog-related articles, and product descriptions and reviews.
Karen Saunders


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