We love our gardens in the UK and they have become an extension of our interior style – from cool minimalism to cost cottage-style spaces.
Gardens are now seen as additional ‘outside rooms’ where we can put our unique stamp onto any area and make it the perfect setting for some al fresco R&R.
The Easter break is the ideal time to head outside to spruce up or redesign your garden and give it a whole nearly new look. What better way to enjoy the warmer weather than getting some fresh air, doing a little work and seeing your plans take shape?
And the good news is that it doesn’t need to cost the earth to create your dream outside space – whatever look you want to achieve. We’ve pulled together some great buys on Preloved to act as seeds of inspiration to get any ambitions for any style of garden growing!
Space is a premium in any city setting, so gardens need to work hard to provide everything you want from your perfect escape. Relaxing, entertaining and acting as tranquil stop-gaps from fast-paced lifestyles are all on the list, so city gardens, while usually small, need to be perfectly formed. Reflect and celebrate the urban environment with cool, minimalist layouts and materials, thinking about the different functions your garden needs to provide. Offset any harder landscaping with restful greens in borders, raised beds or containers. Atmosphere can be created by lighting seating area for relaxed evening meals with family and friends.
Grab 60 slabs and start planning your perfect patio
Here’s a fire pit that’s a little different – made from an upcycled washing machine drum!
Keep the chill off during outdoor evening get-togethers with a patio heater
Take a Seat
Minimalist style bench that would sit well in any urban outdoor space
Country Cottage Garden
The quintessential English garden is a delightful riot of rambling roses, winding pathways and secret hideaways (perfect for a snooze). But creating this informal and delightfully haphazard look takes a little time and planning. Naturalistic planting is a must, so think about creating ‘wild’ areas of flowers and shrubs for a blaze of colour in summer months. Spaces for lawns, picket fences to divide up different areas and pathways between borders can all help set the scene. Put plenty of tubs and containers on patios, while hanging baskets strewn with draping blooms are both classic country looks. You could also make your country garden wildlife-friendly with a pond or bird boxes.
Perfect for supporting climbers, these packs of timber trellis are a blooming marvellous buy
Individually grown in pots, these Hebe Midsummer Beauty shrubs will create a colourful backdrop in borders
This shepherd’s hut is the perfect garden office or guest room with a distinctive country cottage feel
This antique stone sink would make an attractive planter for herbs in any cottage garden setting
Fresh air, adventure and bags of fun are what your little ones want from the garden. There are loads of play and activity structures on Preloved to make a Little People’s Paradise, keeping them entertained for hours outside. It could be as easy as putting up a tent, or bagging a bargain climbing frame, wendy house or pumping up a paddling pool. An old tyre makes a brilliant swing, or if you’ve got a tree that has strong branches, building a treehouse from old timber and offcuts will be a real winner. Then think about creating a little border for your small ones to grow their own – perhaps with vegetables or flowers.
Jump to It!
No kid can resist bouncing about on a trampoline (along with most adults!). There are loads on Preloved, so jump in to grab a bargain!
House of Fun
Your little ones will love setting up a home-from-home in their very own garden playhouse.
Put some “waheeeeeeeeeeey!” in your garden with a climbing frame and slide that little adventurers will love.
This VW Camper van tent would be a great pop-up playroom in your garden for hitting the road at home!
Grow Your Own Garden
Cut down your monthly food bill and enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own this Easter. As temperatures start climbing, now’s the time to think about planning and planting your future bounty. It could be as simple as some herbs in a pot or, if you’ve got the space, try turning over an area to a veg patch. Raised beds can be created using reclaimed wooden boards, or if you want a slice of the good life, a greenhouse is a must for giving seedlings the best start in life.
If you want a bountiful crop this year, Easter is a great time to grab a greenhouse and get planting up!
Recycle and raise your beds and borders with some reclaimed scaffold boards or timber that are great for retaining veg plots
Water, Water Everywhere
The vagaries of the British weather mean that if we have a scorcher this summer your new veg will need a good watering every night, so a good hose is a must-buy
If you don’t know your onions, grab a set of gardening books and grow some horticultural know-how