I recently made over my small garden and here's what I learned about cost saving

A garden makeover image in a small urban space with a lawn area and pathway and patio
(Image credit: Teresa Conway)

Budget small garden ideas can be achieved with a bit of careful planning and an understanding that you may have to put in a little bit more effort yourself.

When I set off on making over my own small garden, a task which you'll see from my 'before' image was embarrassingly overdue, I knew I wanted to spend as little as possible but still get a finished result that would be a useable, attractive, fairly low-maintenance space, that also would add value and saleability to my home if ever we were to move.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.