Homebase Garden Makeover Project: The Final Reveal

I’ve been busy working on the garden all summer, with the help of Homebase, in the hope that we will give it a gorgeous Mediterranean makeover and create an oasis of calm and colour.

Homebase garden makeover

I love the spending time in the garden, although I’m not what you’d call an avid gardener, nor an experienced one. I do know how I want it to look and how it should fulfil the needs of our family and so with this in mind I’ve been using Homebase plants and products to nurture it back to life.

Before the Makeover

You may have read my first post in this series which showed how the garden had become quite overgrown and unloved. Many of the plants were old and gnarled and desperately needed either some drastic pruning or to be completely replaced. The weeds had moved in and in some areas, had totally taken over and there were some old children’s toys and garden equipment still lingering from years gone by. It needed some attention, lots of hard work and some lovely plants to ensure it didn’t become so overgrown and unloved that the children couldn’t play there and we couldn’t sit and enjoy the sunshine.

To begin with I reviewed the fabulous Garden on a Roll product which really kick-started the garden makeover and gave me some direction in terms of the theme. I put together my Moodboard which showed the kinds of plants I wanted to go for and how I was going to add that Mediterranean feel to our existing garden layout. The Moodboard was great to use as a reference point whenever I felt myself veering off course, and gave me a focus when choosing the new plants.


Mediterranean Garden Inspiration

So I wanted to use some of our existing plants and the current layout but needed to inject more colour and interest. I wanted to create pockets of flowers, with interesting scents and textures whilst retaining that feel of the Mediterranean. I hoped to use lots of lavender and thyme as well as add fruit and vegetables for the children to become involved in.

After several weeks of purchasing and planting I can now reveal how the garden is looking. Bear in mind that many of these plants are still quite young and small so imagine the full impact once they’ve grown a little. But I hope you’ll agree, it’s looking pretty lovely now.

The Seating Area

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In this shot you can see how different our patio eating area looks just by the addition of the beautiful umbrella. This one was half price over the summer and a bargain at just £30. A few colourful tea light holders finish off the table.

The Gravel Hot Bed Makeover

Next was the gravel hot bed, and this is where we put in quite a lot of work. After planting up the garden on a roll, I pulled out some of the overgrown, older plants to make way for younger, fresher varieties.

Here’s how it looked before:

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And how it’s looking today:

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Here I’ve used a combination of Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender to give it a very Mediterranean feeling. The plants are small but will grow and fill the space over the next few years. I’ve edged the space with these highly aromatic plants, and then added little groupings to give extra interest. In the middle we planted up an old painted toilet cistern with rosemary plants next to the mini olive tree. The grasses around the water feature, whilst not strictly Mediterranean add a different texture to the space which I love.

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The very cute mini solar lights were also from Homebase and cost just £1.99 each.

The Shady Spot

The next area I have improved (and I’m really pleased with this one) is the quite shady spot on the other side of the path. We removed the old playhouse and have given this area an injection of colour with varieties of sage and grasses.

Here’s how it did look:

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And how it looks now the Playhouse has gone:

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Fruit and Veg

Then, as you may remember, I wanted to add some fruit and veg interest for the children. This also fitted really well into the Mediterranean theme and gave me chance to enhance the patio area too.

I grouped together Mini Olive trees with a Patio Apricot and Bay leaf on the patio, and planted Raspberry bushes in the Veg patch, and added a small Apple and Pear tree to the neglected raised bed at the bottom of the garden. Many of the colourful pots you see in the pictures are from Homebase too. garden makeoverThe raised bed area looked like this before the makeover:

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And now, once the wall has been painted and the plants put in with a lot of fresh bark:

garden makeoverThe phormiums you see at the top left were planted in a group of 4 to give more impact and frame that area of the garden. They look beautiful in the summer sun and will grow over the next few years to give some definition in front of the trampoline on the deck.

Bistro Seating Area

Then finally I wanted to finish off an area at the top of the garden outside the back door. I’d started creating a little sectioned area but hadn’t finished and this project gave me the chance to do that. I wanted to add a seating area perfect for a morning coffee but make it feel like a secluded spot away from the rest of the garden. I already had the silver chairs and picked up this fabulous Bistro table in the garden furniture section for just £13 (half price and 10% off day!) and added the wonderful bamboos as a screen and a few more herbs to complete the effect.

Here’s the before:

And the After:

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And so there we have the completed garden makeover! What do you think? I am thrilled with how it has turned out. It was a lot of hard work but I really feel like I’ve got my garden back now. The girls love it, especially the fruit trees and plants, and the space feels more useable and far more attractive.

I spent £400 on plants, accessories and plant pots. Mostly I chose younger, smaller plants to ensure a good variety, knowing they will grow in the coming years and fill the space. Some of the plants like the bamboos (£25), Olive Trees (£15) and Fruit Trees (£15) were a little more expensive but in the majority most plants were under £10 and many were under £5. The plant pots do add to the cost of a makeover like this, but I chose to shop at Homebase at one of their very popular 10% off days and so got a little extra value there. The plant pots ranged in price from £10-£25.

Thank you to Homebase for supporting me in this project. The staff at my local store in Nottingham were exceptionally helpful, offering advice and assistance loading my car. Twice!

Dislosure: I was provided with £400 to spend at Homebase for the purposes of this project. The comments, opinions (and hard work) are all my own.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Emma Rogerson
    September 6, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    Looks great Jen. You’ll be ready for Open Gardens next!!
    I am very envious as I am at the wrong end of a partial garden makeover myself with all the hard work ahead of us!

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks Emma, well I’m not entirely sure about that! We’ll have to see how it looks next year 😉 Good luck with your project x

  2. Amanda
    September 6, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Blimey, I can’t believe the changes you have made! Absolutely beautiful, I love that you garden has so many different areas. I am very jealous of all your fruit and olive trees. Amazing transformation, it looks quite low maintenance too, perfect!!

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Yes I’m hoping it’s quite low maintenance and I’m so excited about the fruit trees for next year. The Olives have grown so much just in the last month!

  3. Claudia
    September 6, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    what a great job you all did!! i bet it smells so good there

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:11 pm

      It really does Claudia!

  4. Antonia, Tidy Away Today
    September 7, 2013 / 9:54 am

    Ooh, Jen what a fabulous makeover – I think your garden looked lovely before, but now it is just gorgeous! It looks like it has been professionally landscaped, you’ve clearly worked hard so well done. I think you’ve managed to do a lot for the money when you think of all the new and different elements you’ve brought in. How I’d love to sit out there and enjoy my breakfast this morning!

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you Antonia! It was lots of hard work but well worth it. Just got a bit hairy when we had 35 plants to put in one morning…. we’re not the quickest. 🙂

  5. nylonliving
    September 7, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    Wow! You’ve done so much! I liked the herb garden and the fruit and veg section.

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I’m particulary fond of the herb garden 🙂

  6. Faded Seaside Mama
    September 7, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Amazing! What a wonderful space you’ve created – with interest, space for entertaining and relaxing. I think you’ve done a great job of transforming your garden and have spent the money wisely. I look forward to seeing its progress next summer when the shrubs have had a chance to take and flourish! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much. Was a little worried the smaller plants wouldn’t show up the changes too much but am so chuffed with everyone’s comments x

  7. Mammasaurus
    September 9, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Wooo it looks so lovely – and I’m really impressed at how some non-expensive accessories can make such a huge difference. Looking forward to seeing how the garden looks next Summer when the plants have sprung well and truly into life!

    Thanks for sharing Jen x

    • Jen
      September 9, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      Indeed Annie! Let’s hope I can keep them alive for then x

  8. Becky
    September 10, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    A lovely job Jen…picnic at yours next July to see everything in bloom?

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  16. Jess
    February 25, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    What an inspiring article. We have four children and homeschool. We tend to get very busy and feel like we just can’t really have a nice patio or yard. What you have done to transform your yard and patio areas is fantastic. Then you tie it all in with thyme, rosemary and fresh fruit plants! We did manage to plant about 16 raspberry bushes around our perimeter of our yard which makes for a fun few afternoons in the summer for us. Thank you again for the great ideas!

  17. Sheryl
    February 3, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Love the designs! Very inspiring. Thanks for giving me ideas.

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