Ideas to Brighten up your Winter Garden

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When it comes to winter gardening, many of us abandon our backyards in favor of taking retreats indoors. However, not all plants will die during the colder months and brightening up our gardens over winter means we can continue to enjoy the outdoors in the same way as we can during spring and summer. In the same way as plans for decorating your bedroom in time for Christmas, preparing your choice of plants and accessories for your garden can also be done on a budget in time for you to kick back and enjoy the efforts of your hard work.

Adding color

When thinking of enhancing your winter garden, choose plants and shrubs which add color to the landscape. Look at what your local garden center is selling at this time of the year but generally pansies, snowdrops, camellia and violas are popular flower options with common greenery include heather, witch hazel, holly, Christmas rose and berry. If you want to add some texture into your garden, consider planting ornamental grasses and bamboo for striking displays.

Attracting wildlife

Your garden wouldn’t be complete unless you attract some winter visitors to it. Planting varieties of plants and berries that your feathered friends can eat during the winter months is important. Think about installing an decorative outdoor fountain which isn’t just an elegant addition but will encourage the birds to bathe, drink and spend time in your garden. Similarly, a bird feeder can help liven up the area and you might even get squirrels visiting too.

Warm up with lights  

We all know how dull and bleak long winter evenings can be but by adding some lighting to your garden, you’ll brighten it up a treat. Strategically place garden spotlights or ground lights amongst your plants and shrubs can illuminate the area and show off the natural growth. Different types of lights can create contrasting effects so for example, fairy lights over a tree or ornamental lights which are both popular, decorative choices, can also bring character to an otherwise desolate area.

Making these small changes in your winter garden doesn’t have to cost you a fortune but with little work and some creative ideas, it will turn your barren landscape into one that is visually interesting and inviting, even if you end up looking at it through a frosty window.

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