How To Fill A Border On A Budget

Unfortunately, landscaping a garden can be a costly task and, for the most part, it really is better to spend a little extra in order that the final result will last for years. However, it is possible to save money in some areas and still achieve your perfect garden look, and your garden borders are just one of these, meaning you have more spare money to spend where you need to. If you need some inspiration with regards to filling your garden borders on a budget without compromising on the finished result, this article could help.

Plan, Plan, Plan

The worst, and most expensive, mistake to make when it comes to gardening is to begin spending money on plants before you have envisioned the final result. You are likely to end up with a strange mix of plants that don’t complement each other at all, wasting your money unnecessarily.

Shrubs Go A Long Way

If your garden border is a fairly sizeable plot, it will cost you a lot of money to effectively fill the space with lots of smaller, individual plants. Instead, larger and more substantial trees and shrubs will take up a lot more space per £ spent and can be filled in with smaller, more colourful plants.

Treat Yourself

This may sound strange when talking about saving money, but achieving your ideal garden look is still an important factor, no matter how small your budget, otherwise you may end up spending more money in the long run on redesigning the borders because you become bored of them quickly. This means that you should treat yourself to just two or three of your favourite plants, even if they are a little more expensive, and plant them among the shrubs in a way that they can be fully appreciated for their beauty.

Prepare in Advance

If you are willing to plan and be prepared for a couple of months before you want to have finished your borders, it is possible to save a lot of money. Buy seeds to grow plants from scratch, or buy young plants and tend to them during the colder months, transplanting them from your greenhouse or separate containers to the border when they are hardy enough. This way, you will spend £1.50 for a young plant which is a huge saving from the £6 garden centres will charge for the older version a few months later.

Choose Perennial Plants

Opting for plants that will return year after year may not save money at the outset, but it will save you money over the years as you will not need to repurchase the plants to fill the border the following year. However, it is important that you take good care of these plants during blooming season in order that they look just as good when they return the next year.

It can be straightforward to fill your borders and achieve amazing results without breaking the bank, it simply requires some planning and clever spending to do so.