When renting, you garden smart. Why? Firstly, because renting restricts how much you may be able to do to the grounds, depending on what is stipulated in the lease agreement drawn up between you and your landlord and what your relationship is like with your landlord. The TDS guide states: „Unless a landlord has employed a gardener, tenants will normally be responsible for maintaining the garden. This includes cutting lawns, weeding flower beds and sweeping up grass cuttings and dead leaves. It can include pruning bushes and shrubs but the tenant should confirm this with the agent/landlord beforehand. A tenant may face deductions from their tenancy deposit if the garden is untidy and is not returned in a similar condition as at the start of the tenancy. The tenant is not responsible for seasonal variations (e.g. less green growth and flowers in winter)”.
And secondly, gardening isn’t cheap, so you wouldn’t want to waste your money on a garden you may leave behind, therefore you need to seek savvy ways to do so.
With a little planning, a few clever tricks and a bit of creativity, ingenious planting and styling you can bring colour and personality to your rented garden, you can turn it into your very own sanctuary, into a tranquil haven, country retreat or al fresco dining area. You’re the artist and your garden is your canvas where you can express yourself!
Get spring cleaning
Every garden will benefit from a good tidy up. It may be all your need to transform your plot. So, get ready to put on your gloves and gardening wear, get your tools out and get to work! Clear up leaves and rubbish, dig out weeds and any plants that haven’t survived the frost, neaten the edge of your lawn for a more manicured look, power-wash grimy walls and give everything a sweep.
Style the space
Take your approach to the interior of your home outside and style your space as you would a room. Think of your garden, or any outside space, as an extension of your home. An outdoor room. And this outdoor room can be whatever you want it to be: outdoor space for the kids to play in, somewhere to eat and drink with friends and family, or maybe one that's all about growing plants and fruit and vegetables. Deciding what you want to do in the garden is the first step. Then make sure it all works together, that your ‘style’ run through the whole garden. Pick a colour theme, relate garden accessories to your house, echo and repeat - pink cushions echoing the pink roses, tidy up loose ends.
Decorate and accessorise
Give the space a hint of your own personal style and an injection of personality. Water-resistant rugs, comfy furniture, garden art and mirrors help create a stylish area to relax. Use shower-proof soft furnishings to invigorate a rented garden. Give your old garden sofa a boost with colourful cushions or old blankets. An outdoor rug is an easy and inexpensive way to bring colour to a garden. Disguise a damaged deck or brighten up a shady space with an outdoor rug. Decorate with salvaged pieces. Dot pretty salvaged finds around your rented outdoor space to ratchet up its character and charm. Ironwork, lanterns, old tools, picture frames, ceramics – anything goes! Make your garden feel bigger with a mirror.
Add an electric or gas heater to stay snug. The beauty of a fire pit is the freestanding nature, meaning they are the ideal design for renters because they risk no damage to the garden. Get one that is elevated from the ground and easy to move.
Add some colourful plant pots
For the main part, garden in pots that you can enjoy in the space but can take with you when you move. Potted plants will brighten up your rented garden space immensely. A few potted plants can transform a concrete yard into a peaceful oasis. Elevate smaller pots on side tables and wooden stumps to add height. Don’t spend a fortune on planters, you could create a pretty display with recycled jam jars and food tins.
Hang baskets of beautiful blooms
Hanging baskets will make any front or back garden look impressive. They can add a pop of colour to any doorway or patio. Fill them with herbs, sturdy green plants and succulents for a modern look that is easy to care for. A DIY hanging basket, such as an old colander, is perfect for adding a splash of colour to a small garden that is short on floor space. And why don’t you use no drill fence brackets for your hanging baskets? You simply hook the brackets over the fence and hang your flowers as normal.
Decorate the fence
What if your landlord is not happy to let you paint the fence? You will have to think outside the box. A low cost, low effort, and non-permanent way to revamp tired looking fence panels is an injection of bright colour. Turn kitchen waste in garden wonders; make tealight holders and planters from upcycled tin cans - use vibrant, decorated tins, remove the labels from regular cans and spray-paint them, or leave them bare if you like metallic accents. Remember to punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Secure them to the fence with a detachable wire fastening.
Add atmosphere with lighting
Even the most modest of outdoor spaces can look magical when lit by candles. Fairy lights or solar-powered lighting are an affordable way to add some ambience to your garden. Try weaving fairy lights through a garden screen or stringing them across a garden table for a striking garden lighting idea.
Fashion a plant display using old ladders
Add a personal touch and step up your garden features with the help of decorative ladder shelving. Tie two ladders together at the top, lay across the runs wooden planks, and on these shelves display potted plants, lanterns and decorative accessories. Super easy to make and totally cost effective.
Create a quiet corner
Make the focus of your garden on creating a feeling of serenity and wellness. Position a garden bench or furniture set in a secluded corner to allow a space for quiet contemplation, surrounded by a thriving oasis of plants.
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