Are you a little embarrassed about the current state of your backyard or patio? Perhaps you’ve thought of hosting a barbecue, but realized your outdoor space needs urgent attention. It’s a common misconception that having a great looking garden full of beautiful plants and flowers is both expensive and time-consuming. After all, most working or stay at home moms have more than enough to deal with already. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Now that those winter blues are a distant memory and summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to give your garden a quick and easy makeover with these clever and easy solutions.

1. Installing a Pergola

Summertime is all about being outdoors and having friends over for food and pergolas are perfect for making the most of your outdoor space. Okay, so they might be a little expensive and tricky to put together, but they’ll last for many years and require little maintenance. They provide shade and are great for putting outdoor furniture underneath or creating a barbecue area.

2. An Outdoor Rug

Weather resistant outdoor rugs can add some real style to your patio area and are a superb addition to complement garden furniture. A good quality one will be sure to last for many years and you’ll certainly have a unique backyard.

3. Using Planter Boxes

If you want an outdoor space full of beautiful flowers, but the thought of spending your Sunday mornings digging out weeds is about as unappealing as it gets. Instead you can simply put some flowers in a planter box. These versatile accents will immediately spruce up your patio with your favorite flowers or plants. You can easily move them around to create your perfect ensemble.