A beautiful garden does far more than simply make your house look good. It also provides a calming place where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors, away from all of the stress of everyday life. Check out these 7 garden ideas that will help you create an amazing outdoor space:

1. Plant flowers along your driveway.

Typically, most driveways are bordered by a small strip of grass or by shrubs. While this gets the job done, it doesn’t do much in terms of enhancing the beauty of the space. One way to create a more attractive driveway is by putting in flowerbeds.

Plant a mixture of different flowers in these beds so that at least one type of flower will be in bloom all season long. To minimize the amount of maintenance required, plant the flowers extremely close to one another much like you would with a cottage garden. Additionally, consider adding mulch to keep weeds down as much as possible.

2. Use a pallet to create a vertical garden.

You can typically find old pallets for free by searching your local classified ads. Take one of these pallets and lean it up against a wall on your patio or in your garden. Fill the interior space of the pallet with dirt.  Plant herbs or flowers in each of the spaces between the boards, allowing them to trail down as they grow.

Depending on how large the spaces are, you may also need to use landscaping fabric to help hold the dirt inside, cutting small holes where the plants can fit in. Growing plants vertically can help maximize your space, making this the ideal project for a small garden.

3. Plant a butterfly garden.

Butterflies are naturally drawn to certain types of flowers. By creating a garden that contains an abundance of these types of flowers, you can attract butterflies to your yard. Spending time outside watching the butterflies can be a great way to pass a summer day.

Even better, you can use your camera to capture photos of these beautiful creatures as they visit your garden and bask in the sunlight. Do some research online to find out what kinds of plants you should choose to attract the types of butterflies that you want to see the most.

4. Use string lights to add charm to your outdoor space.

Try taking white string lights and wrapping them around the trees in your yard or draping them across your deck or patio. Small, twinkling lights can create a fairytale-like setting once the sun goes down. If you prefer, you can create a similar effect by using tiki torches or other types of outdoor lighting.

Even something as simple as citronella candles placed on your patio table can help transform your outdoor space. Nothing is quite as relaxing as spending summer evenings outside enjoying the cool air and taking in the beauty of your yard and garden.

5. Use outdoor curtains to add shade and privacy.

If you have a covered deck or patio, try hanging curtains from the edges of the roof. You can tie them back when you want a view of your garden, or close them when you want more privacy or shade. Either way, they provide a lot of versatility in how you use your outdoor space. Not only that, but they help create a sense of being in an outdoor room. Just be sure to choose curtains that are designed for use outdoors. These curtains typically are made from durable fabrics that can withstand being exposed to the weather.

6. Get creative with your planters.

There is no need to spend a lot of money on ceramic or terra-cotta planters. Instead, you can turn everyday items that you find around your home into planters. For instance, try planting flowers in an old boot or creating a miniature succulent garden in a seashell. Even things like old coffee cans can make great planters when you use them creatively.

For instance, you could hang coffee cans along the top of your fence and plant them with trailing flowers to create a beautiful display. Use your creativity to see what other types of planters you can come up with. Just be sure to drill holes in the bottom so that there is adequate drainage for the plants.

7. Build a small waterfall.

Putting in a water feature is surprisingly easy and affordable. Nothing is more relaxing than hearing the gentle sound of water as you enjoy the outdoors. Imagine coming home from work after a hard day and sitting out on your patio or in your yard next to your waterfall.

The sound of running water helps your cares and worries simply melt away. Alternatively, if you don’t want to go to the hassle and expense of actually installing a waterfall, you could just put a tabletop fountain on your patio instead. You still get the sound of running water without all of the hard work.

It doesn’t take much to completely transform your outdoor space. These 7 garden ideas should help get you started. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use your creativity when coming up with ideas for the outdoors.

You may surprise yourself with some of the amazing and inspired ideas that you are able to come up with on your own. The beauty of your garden is only limited by your imagination. These 7 garden ideas should give you a good jumping off point for planning your own beautiful outdoor space.