When the trees become bare and the beds wither, the garden can quickly look sad and abandoned. However, it is possible to enjoy one’s garden all year round, provided that the seasons are taken into account when planning.
Here are a few tips to beat the winter months in the garden, even if nature seems to be in hibernation at first glance.
Psst. a tip before you start: in winter, you look at your garden from home. Concentrate on the “winter highlights” i.e. the areas that are visible from your windows.
Focus on colour
In these dark, foggy or rainy days, it is quite normal to feel like colour. You will find in garden centres brightly coloured plants that flower in winter or shrubs with colourful berries, some of which will delight your feathered friends.
- Camellias, cyclamen and hellebores come in different shades of pink, red and cream.
- If you like yellow, winter jasmine or witch hazel should please you.
Planting hellebores, the stars of winter
It is almost impossible to miss them. They can be placed in even the smallest garden or on the balcony. The hellebore opens its flowers from December and keeps them until spring. It is not for nothing that they are called Christmas roses.
Play with foliage, bark and berries
Kings of winter in the garden, dogwoods come in a wide range of colours. Yellow, red or green, they light up the garden wonderfully.
Shrubs with small berries also work well. Here too, there are all kinds and colours. Potted myrtle, for example, is a must for the winter months. Its small white, red, purple or pink berries can last from September to January.
Multiplying the light points
Whether it’s candle holders, lanterns, string lights or fire pans, in winter the garden needs small sources of light. Everything seems enchanted when illuminated corners light up the garden.
Arrange decorative elements
Place decorative elements all over the place. Pots, pine cones, moss, red apples, cups, lanterns, photophores, driftwood, beautiful stones, balls, shells, small trees… There are no limits to the imagination.
Provide shelter for birds
Finally, don’t forget your feathered friends. Choose a nice nesting box or a decorative feeder. It will be an eye-catcher and is sure to attract birds from the neighbourhood.