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How to Brighten Up Your Garden in A Cheap and Easy Way

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I used to enjoy gardening. I’m not particularly good at it and I sometimes struggle to know the difference between a weed and a plant, but I do like a bit of colour in the garden. Over the past ten years or so my enjoyment of gardening has waned. A combination of small children and bad weather has meant that I’ve lost my patience. I always used to like an abundance of pots and a couple of hanging baskets, but recent sodden summers have meant that my plants have perished. So I gave up.

Living in a more established house (built in 1960) the garden is fairly interesting anyway. Lots of trees and shrubs. The husband’s parents paid for us to have artificial lawn laid last year which does make the garden look amazing. This year I have felt the need to add a burst of colour as the garden feels decidedly green!

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My first thoughts were bedding plants although those were my first thoughts this time last year. I bought the plants and the big bag of compost. The compost is still exactly where I left it leaning against a wall on the patio, unopened. The plants ended up taking an extended trip to the green recycling bin once it became apparent to the husband that I wasn’t going to do anything with them (probably by late August).

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Siena says Garden Photo 1I had a look at a couple of websites for inspiration and I came across some artificial plants. Yes I know what you are thinking but the fact is these ‘plants’ have come a long way since the garish silk looking unbelievable dahlias of my youth. I found some that look the business and not particularly expensive either. If you are new to Siena Says then I must explain that I am definitely on the frugal side of things owing to our reduced circumstances. So I went to B and M and IKEA. I already had some fakers in the kitchen from IKEA so I knew that they produce some reasonable lookey likies. Unfortunately I do not have a very good track record when it comes to house plants. I think the family secretly refer to me as the Angel of Death behind my back. Even Venus Flytraps quiver when the idea of me becoming their adoptive parent is mooted. Anyway enough of my green-fingered short comings. I trotted off to the shops and I came back with some great finds. Hopefully as you can see by my photos. Everything is artificial and I even recycled last year’s compost to plant them with to give an authentic look!

Siena says Garden Photo 2So there you have it, proof that you don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh to get your garden looking pretty and a new stay of execution for all bedding plants out there, you are safe from my clutches for this year at least. Time will tell how well they will stand up to our delightful monsoon season summers, but even if they only last this year they will have brightened up the space and brought me a little ‘thank God I don’t have to water you buggers’ respite!

I’m linking up with

Pink Pear Bear
The Pramshed


  • Jessica Foley (@ModernMomsLife)

    July 4, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I like the idea of fake (but real looking) plants to spruce up the yard. I love my gardens but they are a lot of work. Especially when there’s kids in your life! Let us know if they plants still look nice for next summer too.

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Yes it will be interesting to see if they last the harsh UK summer (plenty of rain here in the NW of England) I will have to do a follow up post next year!

  • Emma Plus Three

    July 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Your garden looks fab! x #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, careful photography to exclude the parts that don’t look quite as good ha ha xx

  • thimumslife

    July 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is SUCH a good idea!!!! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of using artificial plants outside! This is genius, especially for me, because I have a similar track record to you when it comes to looking after plants…!! My brother repeatedly comes over to do our garden, and I repeatedly fail to look after it properly! I’m quite envious of your artificial grass too-our garden (which is very small,) is all patio, and I’d like somewhere soft for the boys to be able to play when we are able to get into the garden! I will definitely be looking into doing this-thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Get yourself out there and get some artificial plants, you won’t regret it! We were very lucky with the grass as there as no way we would have been able to buy it ourselves and it wasn’t a priority, but it is great now and perfect for the girls to play on xx

  • letyourlightshinemummy

    July 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Great ideas, we would love to have an artificial lawn, we had it turfed a couple of years back and now it looks dreadful. We have no excuses as my bro is a gardener! x #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Siena Says

      July 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Now there really is no excuse with a brother for a gardener although I still think I would be rubbish even with his help. Our problem with the grass was lots of moss and too many shaded areas so the grass wasn’t growing properly 🙁

  • The Pramshed

    July 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful flowers. Like you I used to enjoy a bit of gardening, but a baby has firmly got in the way of that. I did have a big de-weeding session a few week’s ago, and sometimes have to go and do a bit of gardening I’m a little stressed – it’s a brilliant mind cleanser. But you’re right, you don’t need to do too much to make it look good again. My husband only has to mow the lawn and it already looks better. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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