Article by Nick Rinylo
Winter is typically a quiet time for gardens across the UK. As the days grow shorter and the cold starts setting in, more and more people can be found indoors curled up in front of the fire. In fact, many of us start hunkering down for winter and donning cosy cable knits as soon as the first leaves start to fall.
However, you don’t need to wait until the flowers start blooming again to enjoy your garden. There are plenty of things you can do to make the most out of your garden during the colder months.
Here’s how you can enjoy your garden in winter.
Bring some light into your garden
If you’re busy during the day, it’s probably already dark outside by the time you get a chance to go out into the garden. When you leave the house in the morning it’s dark and when you get home it’s dark. You probably even feel like you’ve already forgotten what your pots and plants look like at this point. Sometimes the only light our gardens see during winter is the light of the moon or a bordering lamppost.
Investing in outdoor lighting will bring warmth and light back to your garden- even on the gloomiest of evenings. Whether it’s fairy lights draped across the tree or lanterns beautifully arranged on the patio, there are lots of different ways you can light up your outdoor space.
Even if you don’t fancy going outside every evening, a gorgeously lit garden will give you something to admire from your window after a long day. At the very least, it will make the neighbours green with envy. Just remember to turn off the lights before bed to avoid disturbing your local wildlife.
Who said that gardening was just for the warmer weather? While the arrival of winter may make it more difficult to grow certain plants, that doesn’t mean your green thumbs have to wait until spring to get busy again.
You’re unlikely to see a bed of daisies come to full bloom. However, there are plenty of tough plants out there that can survive the cold weather. Better still, you don’t have to compromise on colour either as there are lots of vibrant plants available that can add some much-needed colour to your garden in winter.
Now, you’re probably wondering where you can find such plants? Your local garden centre, of course! From snowdrops and nerines to cyclamens and heathers, there will be a plethora of winter plants for you to pick from. So, what are you waiting for?
During this time of year, there are countless animals that go into hibernation. But there are also lots of animals that don’t. For such animals, it can be hard to find the food they need to make it through the winter.
But the good news is that you can support your local ecosystem by putting out bird feeders and water baths. You can also plant trees and shrubs that grow berries and nuts. The list really goes on and on – so the choice is up to you.
What’s more, you can watch the wildlife come and go and observe their antics throughout the day. We couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy your garden. Plus, you can enjoy the show from the comfort of your sofa with a nice, hot cuppa.
Take up photography
As much as we all like to complain about it getting colder, you can’t deny that winter brings some beautiful scenery. Whether it’s the morning mist or frost-decked bushes, there’s plenty to admire and take in.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to whip out the old camera or your smartphone, go out into the garden and start taking some photos. You never know what you might capture. You may come across a squirrel doing some gymnastics across a tree branch or a robin hidden in a bush. Whatever you find, you’ll certainly create a lifetime of memories that you can share with your family and friends and plaster all over the house.
Invest in outdoor heating
With the festive period coming around the corner, many of us are planning get-togethers with our friends and family. As nice as restaurants and other venues are, sometimes there is no better place to gather than your own home. Plus, a house offers a great sense of intimacy and comfort.
That said, if you’ve got lots of guests coming over, you’re probably worried about having enough space for them all. Dinner parties can sometimes get crowded and, with so many bodies in one space, things may start to get stuffy. Cracking open a window may not be enough to stop your guests from overheating, and throwing a party outside may seem a little out of the question. So, what should you do?
Outdoor heating is the solution! Creating a beautiful patio space with outdoor heating will really take your party throwing skills to the next level. Of course, inside will still be the main place you entertain your guests. But giving your guests the option to go outside for a moment to breathe without feeling like they need to wrap up under ten layers of clothing will certainly be appreciated.
If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor heating solution, look no further than our outdoor heating options. We offer both free-standing and wall-mounted patio heaters, so you can rest assured that you’ll find the perfect outdoor heating option for your garden. To visit our showroom or to find out what else we can do for your outdoor space, contact us on +44 (0)116 236 6726.