With the temperatures low and the nights looming longer, it’s understandable why many people abandon their gardens until spring rolls back around. This doesn’t need to be the case though, as there are plenty of ways to spruce up your outdoor space and squeeze some enjoyment out of it during the winter months. There are plenty of benefits for doing so and spending more time outdoors is integral to your health and happiness, especially when the dark nights approach so early. Here are a few easy ideas that could give your garden a winter refresh:

Go evergreen

From box balls and topiaries to flowering shrubs; evergreens add structure to the garden year-round and come to the fore in winter. There are a myriad of beautiful evergreen shrubs to choose from and many have the added advantage of strongly scented flowers for a touch of summer whenever you need it.

 

Decorate

If you prefer to enjoy your garden from behind a window, the dark and icy landscape may benefit from a touch of outdoor lighting. Consider investing in solar-powered lights to illuminate your paths and beds and create whimsical focal points that will contrast beautifully against the night.

For the daylight hours, wreaths, weather-resistant ornaments and fresh planters can make all the difference when it comes to breathing some life back into your garden over the winter.

 

Do a little maintenance

In the thick of the snowy season, you probably won’t think to organise your garden shed or prune your woody plants. But as the pre New Year lull is here, you could take advantage of having a little extra free time to take on those nagging maintenance tasks – and you’ll thank yourself come spring.

 

Welcome the wildlife

Despite the common misconception that our gardens are of no use in the winter, garden wildlife really needs your help over the cold months! In fact, the harsher the weather and the less food there is in the countryside the more important our outdoor sanctuaries are for our furry and feathered friends. Make sure to clean out, disinfect and replenish your feeders regularly, as squirrels and birds will become more reliant on them the further we delve into winter. Another great way to help is to provide a fresh source of water, as finding clean water to drink can be difficult for wildlife when the temperatures drop below zero.

 

Make things cosy

Whether you have a small patio, a balcony, or a patch of grass, there are plenty of opportunities to create a cosy outdoor spot that will come in handy any time you have guests over. If you’re working with a small space, create an intimate area by placing chairs and repurposed cushions around an outdoor heater or firepit to create the perfect spot for night-time gathering.

If your plans for entertaining guests fall on a rainy day, you could invest in some shelter and embellish with twinkling garden string lights to replace the view of the stars.

 

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