As autumn flows into winter, most of you will prefer to be in front of a fire rather than out in the garden, leaving the garden looking drab and uncared for. We’re here to help you to make the most of your garden design this winter.
Most gardens look uninviting and unloved during the winter period. The beautiful colours of autumn have disappeared leaving withered plants in its wake. Not only that, but we have to deal with snow and rain as well which can have a damaging effect on your garden. You may think there is nothing you can do with your garden in the winter period, however this isn’t the case. Whilst you may not be using the garden yourself, you will still be viewing it from your window meaning it has to look its best.
Winter gardens have a natural beauty of their own, whilst it’s not quite the ‘blooming’ garden you would expect to see in the spring or summer, you should appreciate the bare branches and sculptural ever greens. You can also use ‘winter plants’ to make your garden look more interesting and inviting over this cold season.
Most plants are associated with summer but there are a number of plants which can survive the winter cold, making your garden look much more appealing. A prime example of this is the winter pansy which were specially bred to flower in a very limited light. These will cheer up your garden even on the dullest winter day, particularly if you choose bright colours like yellow and pink. As we are now well into Autumn, it’s too late to start planting these from scratch but you could purchase some from your local nursery.
There are various other plants and shrubs you could use to make your garden look brighter, some of which flower in February, making your winter garden last. Another plant which looks stunning in the winter and flowers from January to March is the Bergenia. This can grow from 20-40cm and shows pink or white flowers.
There are a number of ingredients which can make the perfect winter garden. From rock walls to structures to creative fencing, the possibilities are endless. Each of these items can make a big difference to how a garden visually looks.
Have you got any tips on creating the perfect garden design for winter?