As part of our ‘Winter’s On The Way’ blog series, this blog shows you that there are ways for your garden to look beautiful all year round, even if the weather isn’t very inspiring!
Winter can be a tough time for the garden, cold weather and frozen soil makes it tough for plants to grow. Many trees shed their leaves in order to be more efficient over the winter and plants can die or deflower. This can leave your garden looking a bit dull due to the lack of colour. The best way around this is to plant flowers and trees which stay in flower and green over winter.
Winter Blooming Flowers
A bright flower can add a lot to a garden, perhaps creating a centre piece in a garden over the winter or, if enough are planted can give the garden new life in the winter. Here are some ideas for plants which will brighten up your garden over the winter:
Snowdrops are elegant white flowered plants. They are quite small but can give your garden a beautiful Christmas feel. These should be planted about now (early Autumn) as bulbs or can be planted later on with leaves. Over time these flowers will spread and create a carpet of flowers in your flowerbed.
These bright plants grow in all sorts of colours including whites, pinks and reds. They’re also known as pom pom daisies due to their almost spherical shape. When planted around your garden these eye catching flowers can really make an impact. The best time to plant these is any time from late summer until early winter.
Winter Flowering Pansies
Pansies are hybrid flowers, bred for use in the garden. Winter flowering pansies have been bred to flower throughout winter. They come in many colours and the flowers often take on 2 different colours on each petal. Again, these want to be planted anywhere from late summer until early winter.
A beautiful garden is often about creating levels, if you’re after a taller plant to go among the previously mentioned smaller plants then these Forsythia are perfect. The flowers are white and pink in the winter and green leaves grow in the spring and throughout the rest of the year. Due to the colouring of this plant they would match snowdrops nicely.
Evergreens Trees & Shrubs
We’ve talked a lot about flowers, but you may want to fill your garden out with some more greenery, keeping the plants as subtle accents. Evergreen trees are those that keep their leaves over the autumn and winter when many trees drop theirs.
Olive trees can be grown in either a container, or planted in a flower bed. They remain green all year round and add a Mediterranean touch to the area. Olive trees come in many sizes, for smaller gardens they can be grown to about 3 feet, but can get much bigger.
For a bigger area a fir tree could be planted, again these can grow to all sorts of sizes and different shapes depending on where they’re from.