During the winter months, many garden designs fall foul of the weather, due to a reduced concern in the appearance of a garden whilst the cold weather grips the nation. This attitude is however damaging to the following gardening year, with winter providing the ideal preparation time for the upcoming season of spring.
Caring for your garden through the winter months can be done through a variety of techniques, and when this care is not given, it is not uncommon to see many plants die, and thus, garden designs can undertake a nature which is not too dissimilar from the bland weather.
Transferring your plants into pots can prove beneficial during winter as it allows you to move the location in which they are based, something which can be very important in maintaining their health. If plants are in direct morning sunlight they can often defrost too quickly, which can be damaging to the cell wall; only highlighting the benefits which potting plants can have. Moving pots into a greenhouse is often advised due to the shelter provided from the elements, however with overcrowding common in greenhouses, placing pots close to the exterior walls of your house, wrapped in bubble wrap is a more than suitable method of insulating pots, making sure the plants do not suffer too much damage from the cold bite.
Whilst garden maintenance throughout the winter is crucial in providing the care required for your current design, preparation for the following season offers an opportunity to rejuvenate or transform the defining features within your garden, such as the colour scheme created through the type of plants grown. Planting bulbs in the winter period will allow for flowers, such as the daffodil, to flourish in your garden throughout spring. The vibrant yellow which daffodils produce offer a great opportunity to contrast with some other flowers which are often planted at the same time, as seen with tulips, which are commonly planted in amongst the daffodil.
The location in which you plant your bulbs for the spring months is also very important, and it is often recommended that the naturalising of bulbs should be endorsed by throwing bulbs up in the air and planting where they fall. This can be furthered by planting in areas close to trees due to the high moisture which lies in the surrounding soil.
Planting bulbs within pots provides an activity for children to get involved in during their Christmas holidays. The developing growth of a plant entices a child, and they are continuously amazed by the way it flourishes in the spring weather.