You may not like wintertime because it seems like your garden is stripped to its skeleton, but it is a necessary phase of the never ending life cycle. What you should keep in mind is that there is still a lot of possibility for your garden, even during the cold season.
In order to make the most of the place during the cold months of the year, you have to consider a few vital features. Thanks to them, your bleak garden is going to improve its looks and become much more pleasant before spring brings back all of the colours. Here is what you need to pay attention to:
Focal point – there are a lot of things that can play the role of focal points in your garden: boulders, containers, structures and sculptures. These work to create a pleasing element of your garden year-round, even during the cold season. In fact, such elements enhance their effect and importance when there is little else in the garden. Make sure they are well-chosen and maintained in order to remain as good focal points in the winter.
Colour – consider evergreens as a nice alternative in the winter season. When grey and white dominates, these plants will stand out and create a natural focal point. But it is not just the green you should be after. Brown, for instance, makes a lovely alternative – a single deciduous tree can make a bold statement by adding style to just about any type of plant is stands out from.
Fragrance – most likely you have never considered fragrance as a factor for the winter garden, but it is. There are several plants that can lure anyone out even when the temperatures are cold. Witch hazel is one such plant, with its sweet fragrance and orange and yellow varieties. Sweet box is not only known for its great fragrance, but also for the colourful berries that it provides.
Addressing chores – sometimes dealing with chores in the garden can better the condition of the place. For instance, pruning and cutting back old foliage can reveal winter blooms, plus it has the added benefit of preventing disease and mould growth. Inspect trees and shrubs for branches that are rubbing or crossing one another and prune them. Now is the ideal time for this, because you can clearly see the skeleton of the plant.
Safety first – it won’t be long before most of the surfaces in your garden are covered in ice and snow. Naturally, this spells trouble, as such surfaces increase the chance of slipping and hurting yourself. The garden will be a better place to visit if there is no danger there. For this reason you can spread organic kitty litter, which is not only effective at preventing slips, but is also safe for the soil.
By paying attention to all of these landscape gardening tops, you can make your garden a much better place overall, even during the winter months.
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