Driveway Landscape on a Budget

A landscaped driveway.

When you are staring down a blank driveway it can be disconcerting but a driveway landscape project can do a lot to spruce it up. Do not worry though because there are several landscape ideas to make your driveway landscaping project affordable. This article will give you a few ideas that will inexpensively turn your dull driveway into something more elegant.

Driveway Lining

Many people will go out of their way to create their driveway as part of their total landscaping effort. Doing this is great and very expensive so, for most, it is best to begin by lining the driveway instead. There are several ways in which you can line your driveway to make it look like you spent a fortune on landscaping without spending hardly anything.


Plastic lining is inexpensive and can be cut to the length that you need. Other than that it is also very easy to install. You dig out a very thin trench along the driveway path and place the lining in the trench then cover it with the dirt you removed. The lip that is on the lining will rest close to the top of the driveway. It is not flashy by any means but it is attractive.


There are expensive stones that you can purchase but you are working on a budget. You can go to any garden supply center and purchase large stones for little money that can line your driveway. You can also purchase smaller stones for a cleaner look.

Garden Landscaping

There are many inexpensive flowers, shrubs, and plants (even convincing fakes) that you can plant to line your driveway. If you purchase plants that are bushy in nature you can get away with using fewer plants as you would with flowers. The lining will look well-manicured and clean.


A simple fence can add a lot to your driveway landscaping especially one made of faux iron.

Combining Effects

If you have a little extra money you can combine one more of the above techniques. If you choose to combine techniques for an all-around "look" then it would be a good idea to plan it out on paper first to see how it looks.

    Driveway Paving

    Contrary to popular belief, you can add paving on a budget. There are a few things you can do to add that little extra something to make that driveway surface look cool and trendy.

    Brick Accenting

    Purchasing a truck load of brick can cost a fortune but purchasing a dozen is inexpensive. You can arrange them around the perimeter of the driveway by placing them in the ground.

    Concrete Etching

    Concrete and stone can be etched with fun and distinctive patterns by using a rented etching tool.


    If you have a concrete driveway you can use specially made concrete paint to stain the concrete to a color that compliments the rest of your home.