Get smart on plant choices. While hardscape will eat up the majority of your budget, purchasing plants to fill a backyard — or even a single garden bed — adds up quickly. Notice the color dotted throughout, giving structure to the planting. Without these accents, a mass planting simply looks like a formal mass of plants as opposed to a more natural and flowing form.
Microgardens can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed, says Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com. Here, a small raised garden bed is intensively planted with edibles.
Raised garden beds can add vegetables, flowers and even a design element to your garden. Configure the Suncast tiered raised garden bed, sold through retailers such as Wayfair and made of plastic resin, in a variety of shapes.
When selecting a raised garden bed, consider the style, such as metal sides or a wood frame (or both), and what you plan to grow. This metal and wood planter, sold by Gardeners' Supply, is 45 inches long and more than 15 inches wide, plus it is more than 15 inches deep to hold flowers, herbs and vegetables.