6 times Ikea hacks made gardening glam... even for apartment dwellers

If you're working with a small garden, find inspiration from these easy – and affordable – Ikea hacks

Ikea hack: wire cage with glass attached
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Yo, small garden crew, these Ikea hacks are for you. After all, just because you have a small outdoor space, it doesn't mean you should resign yourself to a life without plants. And you may be surprised just how easily you can grow flowers, as well as fruits and veggies, brightening up your outside space in the process.

The perfect weekend project, these small garden ideas are easy, affordable and accessible to all. In some cases, you may not even need to buy anything, rather make use of something you already have kicking around the house. And if you don't know what vertical gardening is, you're about to find out...

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1. Embrace vertical gardening

ikea hack: laundry storage solution with plants growing

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If you're short on space, give vertical gardening a go. It's easier than you might think and can result in some pretty impressive garden features. Above, the Variera Waste Bin, £3, and Variera Plastic Bag Dispenser, £1.50, have been mounted to the wall to create a planter for sweet succulents and some pretty flowers to grow. It may not be how they were intended to be used, but we love it.

2. Be creative with your climbers

Ikea hack: plants climbing up trellis

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Here's another vertical gardening idea for you – can you tell we're a bit obsessed with them at the moment? Why not encourage Ivy, Honeysuckle, Wisteria, Clematis or Jasmine to crawl up the walls and cover any slightly unattractive areas of your garden? It may take a little time, but it'll be worth it in the end.

This hack uses the Luroy Slatted Bed Base, £20, strung together with a little wire. Or, if you're looking to go super alternative, why not give the Rort Forks, £1.25 each, a go?

Aside from being a cool idea, we're also pretty convinced that with a little careful handling, these climbers could be moved from one property to another, which is great news for renters.

3. Remember you can grow veg almost anywhere

Ikea hack: plastic container with plants inside

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Growing veg isn't limited to greenhouses, allotments and extensive gardens, almost everyone can have a go. Whether you have space on your window sill to grow a few herbs, or a spot on your balcony for a tomato plant or two, there are always options for growing (a bit) of your own.

And you don't have to invest in expensive planters either. Here the Samla Box, £6.50, has been used. But, you could just as easily upcycle something you already have at home.

4. Create your own colour scheme

Ikea hac: garden with green fence and table

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Add a little personality to your garden with help from a lick of paint, or two. Painting furniture is easy and can help transform a space that looks slightly unloved. Just choose a colour scheme that  works for you.

Here, the Knagglig Box, £5, has been painted in a bright green – the same shade as the fence and  garden furniture – in order to house some herbs. And we absolutely love it.

5. Use wire boards for a contemporary look

ikea hacks: wire cage with glass containers

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Another vertical gardening idea? We're bordering on obsessional now – and  we're absolutely okay with it. Here, the Rimfora Containers, £8 for four, have  been attached to wire trellis for super minimal and super stylish look. This is a great starting point for bulbs and stem cuttings.

6. Upcycle an old kitchen trolley

Ikea hack: trolley with succulents planted inside

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And if you have no garden at all – relatable – bring your garden indoors with a little help from the Raskog Trolley, £39. A garden on wheels, this is the perfect spot to house sweet succulents and doubles up as a pretty handy storage solution.

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