In summer, gardens are the heart of the home – The place to socialise, blooming with flowers, and luscious grass. However, the dull winter months can often lead to neglection of your outdoor space. We believe gardens are just as valuable as any other room inside the home and that they should be full of life, colour, and entertainment all year round. Therefore, we have put together a simple guide for brightening your garden and keeping it alive through the winter months.
In the winter months, your garden can become bleak and so can the view from inside; with the dark evenings, there will most likely be nothing to look out to at all. Adding lights into your outdoor space is a simple way to brighten up your outdoor space – whether you opt for solar lighting, vibrant festoon lighting, or simple fairy lights, you will now be able to enjoy the view of your garden all year round.
Make a bug hotel
Who said gardening can’t be enjoyable in winter? Summer allows us to spend time in the garden, doing exciting activities and generally taking care of the outdoor space. In winter, making a bug hotel is a simple way to keep the kids entertained and bring some additional wildlife to the garden.
They are affordable and available in most supermarkets and garden centres but making your own is even more fun. Use natural materials like sticks, rocks, bamboo, and leftover bits of wood, and gather them together in an old box to make the ideal home for ladybirds and many other insects. Place outside and watch the hotel fill with guests – giving you and your family an exciting reason to tend to your garden throughout the winter.
Feed the birds
Feeding the birds is a simple and rewarding activity to get you through the dull winter. When the bright sunny days and flowers disappear leave it to the birds to bring colour into your garden. Entice them in with bird feeders and houses, giving your garden some additional life and yourself something exciting to look out for.
Winter friendly plants
Keep your garden thriving with some winter friendly plants – they are designed to survive the harsh winter climate, ensuring your garden has enough colour and character to remain exciting.
If you are not sure where to start when winter gardening, here are some of the best winter flowering plants:
Introduce fire pits
For those with a patio area, fire pits are a perfect way to inject light (and warmth) to your garden in winter and there are many options to choose from, to suit your garden space.
If you manage to catch a good weather day in the winter, it’s the ideal opportunity to gather outside on a cosy evening and bring blankets and marshmallows to toast; even invite friends and family to join and make your garden a sociable space all year round!
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