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Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Backyard Part 3 of 3

14 July 2018
Kevin Hartley

You don’t need to invest big bucks to enjoy the backyard you already have (or to entice potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying it too!). First, think about what you love most about your yard. The privacy? Sitting around a campfire on the weekends? Your gardens? Hosting outdoor parties? Once you’ve figured that out, it’s time to concentrate on playing up your yard’s best features. Many of the ideas here are low-cost, yet have a large impact on the people who use—and love—the space on a regular basis.

Go vertical with your gardening

Go green with this easy and affordable backyard idea. Urban spaces or blank walls can benefit from the addition of vertical gardens. Use them for hardworking, pretty succulents or even low-growing vegetables. These simple boxes—made with found wood—hang from hooks and are big enough to serve as a focal point in a backyard.

Choose a simple plant palette

Although including a huge range of flowers and plants in a landscape is one backyard idea, another is to keep the plant selection simple. That translates into multiple opportunities for dividing plants and covering more ground with growing material.

Add vintage hardscaping elements

Many hardscaping elements, such as simple trellises or arbors, can be found either used or at flea markets. The backyard idea is great for adding height, defining traffic flow or indicating movement from front to back.

Build color with containers

Annuals can be less expensive than perennials and shrubs, and they’re a great way to add colour and impact to a backyard, especially when arranged in containers. Here, matching vessels offer design cohesion, as does a similar colour palette for the plants. Another backyard idea: a stone slab on top of a lumber scrap makes for a casual outdoor side table.


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