Getting Your Garden Fit For Winter
Ideas to get your garden looking great during the colder months
One of the downsides of winter is that your garden can look a little drab. With most plants needing a good amount of sunshine, warmth and moisture to grow, the onset of colder weather means much of your carefully assembled foliage can suddenly vanish without a trace. What's worse, anyone buying a property can easily be put off by a less than stellar performance from your back yard.
That's why when winter rolls around, you want to do all you can to keep your garden looking better than it ever has. There are a few options you might want to consider.
Just because the frost is collecting outside doesn't mean you need to simply give up on your flora. There is a variety of winter flowers and plants that can give your garden that magic touch when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. Flowers like hellebores, the Algerian iris and aconites will add a splash of vivid colour to your winter palette - but be careful where you plant them. The Algerian iris does best in a sunny spot, while hellebores need some shade to survive.
And bear in mind that growing fruit isn't just for a rural property. Consider planting berries, such as dogwood or cranberries, which can add a vibrant accent to your garden. They'll act like droplets of colour on a blank canvas, and you could even use them for some delicious winter drinks and meals.
Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag
By installing a winter birdhouse, you can feel good for two reasons. A bird feeder is a nice touch for any property, especially with the snow collecting on its roof. You'll be the envy of the neighbourhood when birds begin gathering to feed at your garden.
Secondly, watching the little critters feed at your birdhouse, you can feel good that you've helped a fellow creature out. Stock your feeder with black oil sunflower seeds, which will make a hearty meal for just about any bird liable to pay you a visit. You'll want to avoid mixes with a lot of oats and millet
Grass But Not As You Know It
"I already have a lawn," you're probably thinking - "why do I need more of it?" Unlike your usual grass, ornamental grass serves no practical function - it's there for the aesthetics.
While normal grass might shy away from the spotlight, ornamental grass such as maiden grass or Japanese blood grass is there to be noticed, adding a colourful and pretty background to your existing garden layout. And best of all, such lush additions can stick around when summer returns.