Woman transforms humdrum backyard into dream garden on a £2,000 budget

After they purchased their West Sussex property in 2019, Sophie Valentine, a teaching assistant, decided to transform the 40-foot lawn into something more.

Sophie moved in to her home in 2019 after she decided to transform the garden.

A woman shared her story about how she turned her boring backyard into something beautiful. “dream garden” with just £2,000.

Sophie Valentine moved in to her 1960 semi-detached house with three bedrooms in 2019

The teaching assistant decided to transform their property in West Sussex, which was 40 feet square and had a grotty lawn.

After learning about gardening and tips on bargaining, the 34-yearold shares her top tips to anyone feeling overwhelmed by a dull garden or overwhelmed by an overgrown one.

Sophie said that, to get her garden started, she spent £200 on plants online.

She stated that she had seen clematis, cottage borders, Fatsia, blossom trees, and a Lilac tree.

Sophie began gardening ten year ago when she moved in to her first rented house with a garden.



Ben built the deck.



“I then have added to it bit by bit adding plants that have been given to me.

“A foxglove was given to me when I moved here, but I now have around thirty just from self-seeding.

“In the garden centres, I head straight to the reduced section where you can find amazing bargains.

“Over the three years of this garden project, we have spent £2,000 including some fencing, pergolas, two decking areas, plants and turf.

” Facebook marketplace and eBay are what have helped this garden evolve.

“There are so many deals there. Most of our decking we use has been free from Facebook or one section was £50.

“Ben built us two pergolas himself which saved thousands, one being where my beautiful wisteria canopy grows.”

Sophie began gardening ten years back when she moved into a rented house with a backyard.

Sophie said they have spent £2,000 in the transformation



She shared with us how she started her journey to be the Queen in her very own garden.

Sophie added: “In spring 2019 on one cold rainy February morning on a Saturday, as a family we got outside and started the mammoth task of clearing the garden,”Sophie.

“We live in a semi-detached home and our garden wraps around the whole of our house meaning we were able to create three zones – the kid’s garden and deck, wisteria courtyard, and the cottage border.”

Fairy lights brighten any garden area



The family discovered many ways to save money when creating their perfect garden. They did everything themselves and even found lower-price plants.

“People often move into a home and they want the garden cleared, so it’s possible to get amazing pots, plants and equipment free or very cheap,”Sophie.

“I wanted a garden that was full of flowers. Growing from seeds helped me get there.

Sophie’s wisteria-covered pergola. The teaching assistant stated that she learned by watching tutorials on YouTube.



Sophie claimed that purchasing plants online is more affordable than buying them in a local garden centre.



“Of course, my favourite dahlias are big plants bursting with flowers all summer long.

“YouTube tutorials were also helpful in teaching me how to cut plants and propagate my plants.

“Buying plants online is so much cheaper than garden centres and buy what you can afford.

“Plug plants can be purchased online if you don’t have the budget for large, established plants at your local garden centre.

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“These are small plants often delivered in the post that you grow on yourself. It might take a few years for some to establish but you will soon have a full garden.

“Then, you will be able to divide the plants and get twice the number of plants for free.

“My tips are to shop online, check selling sites for bargains, grow from seeds, grow something fun and unusual.

“Ask for advice and help on Instagram. We all help one another.”

Sophie began sharing her gardening tips online in the last year. She said that it helped improve her mental health.

She continued: “I started my Instagram page last year to document the journey of our garden transformation.

“After a difficult divorce, I decided to try my best to heal myself and improve my mental well-being.

“I wanted it to be the best the garden had ever been. In creating this garden I also grew the best version of myself.

“Instagram gardening is so special, so supportive and caring. And we all have so many in common.”

Sophie shares tips for creating a beautiful garden on a budget on her Instagram page, @lookinsidemygarden.

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