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Garden with green lawn and pale green and cream painted summerhouse

If your garden is looking a little tired, we have the solution. Our 10 easy garden transformations will have things looking better in no time.

If you have a summerhouse or shed, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint for an instant lift. Go colonial by choosing a colour palette of pale greens and creams. Try moving a garden bench to a new spot and creating a quiet area for rest and relaxation. Dress it up with plenty of cushions and think about installing good lighting so you can enjoy this space in the evening too. If the bench is old, spruce it up with a fresh paint treatment.

Does your patio need some attention? Again, try moving things around for a fresh take - could the bench or table and chairs be repositioned? Plant plenty of tubs around the seating area with scented blooms and herbs for you to enjoy. Fences might need a facelift too, so think about colour blocking to add some modern pizzazz to your garden. Alternatively look at using bamboo or reed screening positioned in front of fences to transform the look - these options are eco-friendly too.

If there is a dark, gloomy corner, try transforming it with a weatherproof mirror positioned to create a focal point where there previously wasn't anything to see but cobwebs. Other projects to consider include an easy water feature, such as a tub, to add the soothing sound of running water without having to go all out and install a pond, or creating an outdoor 'kitchen area' with a brick-built barbecue space.

Finally, two instant transformations are creating neat edges with brick or stone to frame your lawn and remembering to plant swathes of bulbs at the relevant time of year for instant seasonal colour.

Garden with painted summerhouse
A summerhouse in your garden makes a beautiful statement, but not if it looks tired. Cheer it up with a fresh lick of exterior paint in subtle tones of eau de nil and cream for a colonial feel. 

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