12 simple garden ideas to give your space an update with minimal effort or skill

A bright yellow garden bistro set on some wooden decking with plants and pots
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All of these simple garden ideas can be completed without the need for fancy tools or specialist skills. In fact, I'd even go as far to say that most of them could be performed by a complete garden novice.

And it's often the simplest touches that make the most difference, giving a new lease of life to our outdoor space, just in time for a nice spell of weather to kick in and our not-so-hard work can really be enjoyed.

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Caron Grant

Brand manager at Bridgman, brings over 30 years of expertise in the home furniture market. Renowned for its luxury furniture, Bridgman has been producing furniture for homes and gardens since 1977.

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Tom Clifford

Tom Clifford is the director of Gardenstone Limited, a leading garden landscaping supplier that specialises in garden edging, patio paving, gravel and walling materials. Tom has been in the garden landscaping business for over 13 years making him an expert in garden design, paving and maintenance. 

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Sarah Raven

Sarah’s love of gardening extends to all areas, from growing cut flowers and delicious vegetables from seed, to designing stunning gardens packed full of variety, colour, and scent. Always with a focus on helping the environment and biodiversity, Sarah’s gardens are havens for birds, bees, and other pollinators.

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.