How to Enjoy Your Garden Through the Winter
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you may find that you’re only really using it during the warmer months of the year. In the UK, where the weather is notoriously unpredictable and often less than ideal, this can mean that our gardens go unused and neglected for many months every year.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. English winters may be plagued with more rain than we’d like, but they have their highlights: bright, sunny days where the air is clear and crisp and colours are vivid.
Enjoy these winter days with our top tips on how to enjoy your garden through the winter months.
Ideally, the best way to enjoy your garden throughout the winter is to install some kind of shelter that you can use when the wind picks up and the rain’s drizzling down from a grey sky. A conservatory, fixed gazebo, or pagoda are the best options, but they often aren’t cheap and require a certain amount of space.
Get creative with your space and budget by going DIY crazy with upcycled wood to create a simple lean-to which utilises the back wall of your house, or look for second hand structures that are still in good condition. Even a decent quality piece of oiled canvas and some properly tensioned cord can provide you with shelter from the elements ad trap heat from a heating device.
Clear the space
Simply giving your garden a superficial face lift can make it a far more appealing space to spend time in when winter sets in. Stay on top of clearing leaves away, makes sure any rubbish or junk is disposed of, keep your shrubs neat, and sweep and weed and patio areas. The process of doing all this is a pleasant one, too, and will warm you up!
Take care of your furniture
If you have garden furniture, now is the time to choose a sunny day and give it a protective treatment to keep it in good condition through the colder months. Once it’s dry and looking good as new, invest in some covers to keep it that way. Buy yourself some water resistant seat or throw cushions, so that when the sun’s out, you can whip the covers off the furniture, add some comfortable cushions, wrap up warmly, and enjoy a cup of tea in the crisp winter air.
Warm things up
Having a source of heat is a great way of making the great outdoors more appealing once the temperature drops. You could go for a modern patio heater if your budget allows; they’re a great way of providing radiant heat that you can sit underneath and be toasty. If you’re looking for the rustic effect or have a limited budget, you could go for a second hand chimnea or fire-pit type device. If you’re really strapped for cash, even building your own fire pit (in accordance with any local regulations) can be a lovely way to enjoy the outside space and roast some marshmallows at the same time.
Introduce some life
There are many plants and flowers that keep their foliage and even bloom during the winter months. Pop down to your local garden centre and get some advice on what’s suited to your outside space, then plant and enjoy.
A room with a view
Your outside space doesn’t only have to be enjoyed from the outdoors. Find a spot in your house that has a window with a good view of the garden, and make a cosy seating space with reading lamp and your favourite blanket. Install a bird feeder and some tasteful touches in the garden outside, then sit and enjoy your garden from the comfort of your home with a mug of hot chocolate, whatever the weather!