12 budget landscaping ideas: Get a high-end look for a low cost

A beautifully landscaped backyard with sun loungers and lawn and decking
(Image credit: Elks-Smith Garden Design)

When thinking about budget landscaping ideas for your garden, it’s a good idea to pinpoint any elements you like as your starting point, particularly if you’re on a budget. 

Next, consider how much you have to spend. Is there enough to adapt the existing scheme, or go for a complete overhaul, with a completely new planting design? 

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Christine Wilford

Christine is a qualified garden designer who is passionate about producing projects that exceed client's expectations and add value.

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Luke Thomas

Luke has worked collaboratively with top designers, architects and contractors since 2008. Luke has been involved in a wide range of projects offering design-led solutions which improve our experience of spaces with lighting. 

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Rob Hughes

Robert Hughes is an award winning garden designer at Robert Hughes Studio Ltd in Knutsford, Cheshire. They work on a range of projects from small town gardens to large, modern country landscapes. 

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Mark Latchford

Mark is the director of landscape design at Holland Green, a multidisciplinary Design Practice of Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Designers and Project Managers.

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Tom Massey

Tom’s work has won multiple awards and widespread recognition. Known for bold, daring and thought-provoking show gardens, the studio has won multiple medals at garden shows.

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James Scott

A Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers and a Designer Member of the British Association of Landscape Industries, James founded The Garden Company in 1991. James is on the BALI and SGD adjudication panels for new designer members and regularly judges Pro Landscaper’s Project Awards.

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Helen Elks-Smith

Helen has won numerous awards for her work including two RHS gold medals, three design awards from the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and two Design Excellence Awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).

Sarah Wilson
Garden writer

Lifestyle journalist Sarah Wilson has been writing about flowers, plants, and garden design and trends since 2015. Having already studied introductory garden and landscape design as well as a course in floristry she is currently adding to her list of qualifications with an RHS Level 2 course in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development. In addition to homesandgardens.com and livingetc.com she's written for gardeningetc.com, Modern Gardens and Country Homes & Interiors magazines.