How to Enjoy your Garden During the Winter Season
Even though we know what the health benefits of being outside are, it’s not always easy to do so in the winter months. Often, gardens become neglected during this season, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can enjoy your garden during the colder months.
For you to truly enjoy your garden throughout the year, including winter, you must have a planting schedule. This will ensure that you will have flowering plants in your garden irrespective of what time of the year it is. Given that the focus of this article is winter gardens, our recommendations for flowers to plant include, but are not limited to:
- Pansies, Viburnum, and Mahonia: for a pop of colour;
- Winter honeysuckle, Daphne, and Sarcococca: for their fragrance, and because they bring pollinating insects to the garden;
- Cyclamen and English Primrose: for growing your garden, because they are perennial plants that can be divided.
A winter garden requires extra attention to protect certain kinds of plants from cold or wind damage. A simple way to do this is to create a blanket of approximately six inches around your plants using mulch or even shredded leaves. This barrier will act as a form of insulation, preventing the formation of ice crystals within the stalks and leaves of your plants.
Another idea to consider is the construction of an outbuilding in your garden to shelter you from the elements. Brick and mortar structures can be expensive; log cabins make for more cost effective alternatives. Discuss your budget with various suppliers of such structures to determine the best fit suited to your property and disposable income. If there is room within your budget, get a landscaper’s opinion on where to place your new building so that it flows into the other elements of the garden.
This addition to your garden will not only increase the value of your property, it can also be utilised in a myriad of ways. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a reading room, a hobby centre, a home office, or even a home cinema. Now you can turn those dreams into reality. Many owners of such buildings have created spaces to where they can escape without even having to leave the boundary of the lot on which their house is built. The possibilities are endless!
The easiest way to enjoy your garden all year round is to tend to it often. Take time to water your plants daily, pull out weeds as they’re inclined to spread quickly, and keep the lawn and edges neat. Another helpful tip we can offer is that you compost suitable food waste; it is a safe, natural alternative to chemical fertlisers, and at a fraction of the cost.
A wild garden can soon get out of hand and become an overwhelming eyesore, so put in the effort to care for your garden. Nurturing your lawn and plants may be as rewarding as admiring the beauty of it over the rim of your teacup.