Beat the winter blues with a bright and colourful garden
Winter doesn’t have to mean a drab and dull garden. With creativity and imagination, you can create a vibrant space that you can enjoy all year round.
During the winter months, your garden can often become a drab, dull space that is neglected and forgotten about until the warmer weather returns. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With a few clever touches and small changes, you can create a bright and vibrant garden that you’ll enjoy all year round.
Adding splashes of colour is one of the easiest and most effective ways to brighten and revitalise your garden. Displays of winter flowering plants such as pansies, violas, cyclamens and primroses can look really striking, particularly when interspersed with foliage and shrubs. It’s always a good idea to select plants that can thrive in tubs or terracotta pots as that enables you to move them around according to weather and light conditions.
If you’re not particularly green-fingered, you can still add colour to your garden in other ways, for example by painting your garden fence in a bright shade, or adding colourful accessories such as watering cans, plant pots, bunting or garden ornaments.
Light it up
When the long, dark evenings arrive, clever lighting can make all the difference to your outside space. Spotlights and ground lights can help to illuminate your garden from the ground up and highlight any favourite features, while lights installed around posts or pillars offer a subtle, decorative effect. If you’re after a quirkier, non-traditional look, wall lights, solar-powered lanterns and pretty fairy lights will all help to add brightness and atmosphere to your garden.
One way to bring life and colour to your garden is to attract the local wildlife, and well-stocked bird feeders will ensure a steady stream of feathered visitors throughout the winter. Fat balls and seed mixes are favourites with a wide variety of bird species and provide essential calories when food is scarce, while treats such as bacon rinds and grated cheese will also prove popular. While you’re at it, why not erect a bird bath and enjoy the sight of birds bathing and playing in the water each day.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your lawn, so if you’d like to keep your garden looking green and vibrant all winter long, why not fake it with an artificial lawn? As well as being virtually weather proof, it also offers a soft, durable and low-maintenance surface that you, your family, and pets can enjoy all year round.
Create a snug
The temperatures may be dropping but that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend some time outside enjoying your bright and vibrant garden. With some soft cushions, warm blankets and pretty fairy lights or lanterns, you can create a cosy snug area where you can enjoy your garden whatever the weather. You could even invest in a vintage wood burner or sleek fire pit to help keep you warm and toasty during the colder weather.
Spending time outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures, and this doesn’t have to end just because winter has arrived. All you need is a little imagination and creativity (and maybe a warm blanket or two) to create a bright and colourful outside space which brings enjoyment at any time of year.