The last thing you think about when winter comes is gardening. During this time, the landscape is not exactly ideal for plant life. Even if the vibrant and lush greenery of summer is gone, you don’t have to be stuck with the bleak mixture of grays and browns. You can still have your greens even amidst cold conditions. Here are several ways you can spice up your garden during winter time.
Since lush vegetation and greenery are near impossible with winter, now might be the time to look at the other aspects of your garden namely the design of your landscape. You can add stone works to your garden like stone walkways, patios and outdoor fire pits to make your garden look lively. The key here is to play with the lighting and the pathways to your garden to promote a serene atmosphere.
Bring in Ornamental Woods and Berries
In lieu of the missing greens of your garden, you can add in more shrubs, wood, and berries to bring color to your indoor garden, deck, or patio. Winterberries are common in the season and can add a vibrant shade of red that will match the pristine white of snow. You can also add ornamental grasses and other winter-thriving plant-life like conifers as they normally don’t lose their leaves even in the cold weather.
Protect your Plants from Frost
Winter can be very damaging to your plant-life since frost can make them weak and unable to bloom in spring. When the months of January and February come, it is a must that you protect your shrubs from sub-zero temperatures. You can bring plants like myrtle and olive oil nearer to your house in containers. You also have to prune vine plants or put a cloth over plants like thyme to prevent frost from settling in them.
Bring in Colorful Containers
With your plants closer to any heat source (like your home’s fire place or heater), you can now play with their containers to add more color to your garden. In contrast to the gray, white and brown of winter, you can add more vibrant colors like green, red and yellow to give your landscape a bit more personality.
Make a Habitat for Wildlife
Making your place habitable by wildlife is a good option to make it an ideal place for them to thrive in amidst the cold temperatures. You can plant trees and shrubs like yew, holly and hawthorn to attract small animals. Berries can also attract birds to your garden and the various branches will provide material for them to build their nests.
You should also consider building a pond in the garden so smaller animals have a source of water in the winter season. If you have a bird bath, placing a floating ball over the surface will make it ice-free for birds.
Making your garden vibrant and teeming with life is a possibility despite the cold and unbearable weather in winter. By following these tips, your garden can look as lively even as temperatures drop.