1. Take stock of your starting point. If you're lucky enough to have moved in somewhere with good bones -- an existing patio or deck, raised planting beds or an inviting shade tree -- look for ways to show off these elements and make them your own.
2. Invest in flexible seating.Stylish outdoor furniture that can be moved to accommodate your needs (or a house change) is a must-have for a renter's garden. There are plenty of chairs, tables and lounges on the market to suit any style and budget.