As we are officially in winter, we typically spend less time in our outside spaces. But now more than ever, Brits are looking for new ways to make the most of their gardens all year round.
With these tips, you can make your garden look and feel more inviting for the colder months, whether you decide to brave the cold or not!
Keep those green fingers busy
You wouldn’t assume you can work on your gardening skills in December, but we have just the thing for our keen gardeners out there.
Are you looking to brighten up your drive or balcony? Why not plant the following shrubs to add a splash of colour:
- Holly: a Christmas favourite. Choose a female variety to get the bright red berry.
- TIP: why not try a self-fertile variety such as Ilex aquifolium ‘JC van Tol’ to guarantee you a crop.
- Spindle euonymus europaeus: plant these bright pink lantern-shaped flowers to liven up your doorway.
- Crab apple: varieties such as Malus x robusta Red Sentinel burst with gorgeous red fruits all the way through to January, so get planting.
Make it cosy!
Even if you have only a balcony or a small patio garden, you can still utilise it! If you have a larger garden, then focus on warming just a small, more intimate area rather than tackling the whole space.
To better that, add shelter to shield you from the cold nights and lights to enhance a cosy atmosphere by creating strong shadows, framing your designated winter garden beautifully.
Repurpose old cushions and throws
You don’t need to have designated furniture for outdoor use only. Grab some spare cushions, throws and blankets that you already own and repurpose them for the garden.
Don’t leave them outside, have a basket that you bring out with you when you do happen to sit outside.
Entice the wildlife
Plants are great ways to add colour to your winter garden, but have you ever had a beautiful robin or a goldfinch in your outside space? Invest in a bird bath to entice birds in.
Birds need water for drinking and to clean their feathers, especially in the winter months when most water sources may be frozen over. Make sure the bath is no deeper than 5cm deep and add stones or gravel for some grip.
Adding bird feeders around your outside space will also encourage these beautiful birds to visit your home.
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