Getting your garden together doesn't need to cost a fortune. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can spruce up your outdoor space without spending a penny.
Choosing low-cost or free materials will not only save you money and help the environment, but it can also provide a healthier, more sustainable habitat for your plants and the wildlife that visits.
From recycling water bottles and bed slats to picking the right plants, see below for our top tips for frugal gardening.
Homemade compost is the most natural way to improve the health of your soil. It also helps the environment by allowing you to recycle things that would normally go to council bins, such as kitchen scraps, household waste paper and grass clippings. Plus, it's totally free.
However, it does take about six to 10 months to make, so get started today.
Keep an eye on your flowers. When the seed heads start to ripen, catch them before they fall. You can then sow them straight away to get a new batch blooming - it's always best to sow while the seeds are fresh, so don't wait around.
Make the most of the flowers you already have by taking cuttings and overwintering them indoors.
Many flower varieties can be propagated including pelargoniums, fuchsias and hydrangeas. This is also a great, low-cost way to share your favourite plants with friends.
You might need to buy the first batch of seeds - or get some from a friend - but once they've grown, they'll drop new seeds, and more flowers will bloom.
You don't always need to spend money on expensive fertilisers if your lawn's looking a little tired. Instead, feed it naturally by trimming your grass with a mulching mower or a robot mower.
The mower will drop the clippings, and as they rot down they'll act as a fertiliser. Try to cut it regularly so the clippings are small - large clumps will take too long to decompose.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, hoses and sprinklers typically use about 1,000 litres of water an hour - the equivalent of more than 12 baths.
Instead, cut down your bills by using a water butt to harvest rainwater for use outdoors.
If you want to use the water you've collected with a hose, you'll also need to install a water butt pump.
Lots of garden centres now run recycling schemes where you can return and pick up free plastic pots and trays, so you don't need to keep buying new ones, and the old ones won't end up in landfill.
That's good news for your wallet and the environment.
Before you throw away worn-out furniture or household rubbish, think about what you could use it for in your garden.
Many garden centres host sales in autumn and, while you're unlikely to bag a freebie, you will find lots of great items at reduced prices.
Keep an eye out for perennials and shrubs, as these will return each year. But avoid buying compost - it might be cheap, but it won't be fresh when you come to use it next spring.