When you think of gardens, you probably imagine them at their best in spring and summer. However, a true gardener can appreciate the beauty of a garden all year. A garden can be just as stunning in autumn or winter, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get snow. If you love your garden, you should be able to enjoy it all the time. Even if you don’t want to be outside all the time, you can still appreciate it from the kitchen window. There are lots of moves you can make to create an all-weather garden. Come rain or shine, or even snow, you can get out and take pleasure in the fresh air, the plants, and the birds and other animals.
Build a Conservatory or Winter Garden
You don’t always have to enjoy your garden from outside. Observing it from the warmth of indoors is a great idea too. With a conservatory, orangery or winter garden, you can get a brilliant view of your garden. At the same time, you can set up a comfortable seating area and make sure it’s warm. It can be just as much fun in the summer when you can open the doors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re planning on reconfiguring your garden, start thinking about a conservatory first. You’ll need to consider how much space you have and how you’re going to rework the rest of the garden.
Create an Outdoor Kitchen
During the summer, we all love to get outside and barbecue as much as we can. Everyone has been out in the garden on the last possible day of fair weather, trying to get one more barbecue in. A simple barbecue grill is adequate for most. But some people love outdoor cooking more than others. If you want to make the most of the summer, you could go for a more sophisticated setup. Why not create a small outdoor kitchen, so you have more space to do what you want? Instead of going back and forth between the kitchen and the barbecue, you can do everything outside. A shelter over your kitchen space will help to keep it in good condition all year.
Plant a Herb Garden
If you enjoy outdoor cooking, planting a herb garden is a useful idea. You can transform a plot of your garden to give it a green look during the warmer months. Anytime you need some herbs, you can pluck them from the garden instead of buying them from a shop. You could even get some vegetables, and maybe some fruits planted too. Of course, anything you grow is just as useful for cooking indoors as it is for using outside. In the winter, you can bring your herbs into the kitchen or wherever you have space indoors. To get your herb garden started, try a resource like https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=679.
Get a Greenhouse
A greenhouse is another fantastic place to put your herbs and other plants during the winter. They can offer more warmth by amplifying any sun through the glass. Greenhouses can look great in gardens. They can give them a traditional look, and they come in more modern styles. They are also useful for growing plants that need a more controlled environment. So you might be able to grow something a bit more exotic, with the right lighting and heating. A greenhouse will help you keep your favourite plants alive during the winter. And it will give you somewhere to store your gardening tools.
Set Up All-weather Seating Areas
Sitting out in the garden is always a pleasure, but it’s not so great when it starts to get a little cold and wet. Apart from having a conservatory, you could also consider some seating areas suitable for all weathers. When it’s cold outside but still dry, a fire can be one of the best ways to stay warm. You can have a fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating, perhaps with some blankets. Get out some marshmallows for roasting on chilly nights. Heaters are excellent options too, especially on patios. In fact, a deck or a patio is the ideal place to set up a seating area.
You might want somewhere casual to sit or perhaps a dining area where you can enjoy meals. You can get an all-weather dining set from places such as www.bridgman.co.uk/garden-furniture. Think about sheltering from the sun and the rain too. A gazebo, awning or parasol can help to make your seating area suitable for all weathers.
Plant for All Seasons
While having somewhere to relax is nice, if you’re a gardener, you also want to have plenty of plants. Some gardeners enjoy replanting their garden for the seasons to make the most of it. However, you might prefer to have plants that are attractive all year. If you would much rather be a little more hands-off, think about each season when you choose your plants. You don’t have to cover the whole garden with evergreens. But you could consider evenly spacing plants that flourish in different seasons. So you might get the beauty of some evergreens in winter. And you could have some lovely autumn colours from a tree or two before that. Some of your flowers might bloom in spring, while others make an appearance during the summer.
Focus on Filling In
Sometimes when you choose your plants, you can end up with lots of gaps come winter. Everything looks a little bare and brown. If you’re lucky enough to have snow, it can still look beautiful. But if you live in the UK, your likelihood of having snow for a great portion of the winter isn’t very high. So when summer ends at leaves start to fall, make sure your garden doesn’t suddenly look extremely sparse. You don’t have to have a garden full of evergreens. But they are a great way to ensure you have colour and texture all year.
Room for a Pool?
Many people dream of having a pool, but few think that they can make it a reality. It’s true that you need to have a sizeable garden if you want to have an in-ground pool. And, unless you cover and heat it, you can only use it part of the year. You might consider having an in-ground pool if you have space. You could plan your summer activities around it, with loungers and a barbecue area. However, there is another option you might consider. If you have an above-ground pool, you can put it away when the weather starts to get cooler. It helps you to make your garden better for all seasons and not so focused on the summer. They don’t have to be expensive, and many can be put away easily.
Bring in the Birds
For some people, one of the best things about owning a garden is the wildlife it can attract. Birds are great to watch at all times of year and are particularly grateful for food in winter. Some experts caution against feeding them too much, though, so be careful. If you want to attract birds in all seasons, find fun ways to put out feeders for them. Choose different types of food, from bags of seeds to fat balls. You can even make your own by keeping fat from your cooking and adding some seed. A bird bath is an attractive feature in a garden and another way to get the winged creatures in. Birds are great fun to watch from your window, even if it’s too cold to get outside.
Provide Hedgehog Hideaways
Another way to attract wildlife to your garden is to provide places for hedgehogs to hide. They need somewhere safe to hibernate through the winter. One idea is to leave parts of your garden wild, instead of pruning it too much. You can even include a purpose-built hedgehog house that’s ideal for them to make their home. You could also leave food and water out for them to help them fatten up for winter. However, don’t make the mistake of leaving out milk and bread. You can give them chicken or turkey cat or dog food, eggs, nuts, cooked potatoes and even sultanas. Make sure you give them water because they are lactose intolerant.
Try a Water Feature or Pond
You might think of a water feature as something that looks its best in the spring or summer. But it can look just as beautiful during the colder weather. Even a bit of ice can add something magical to your garden water feature. If you want to keep things simple, a still feature like a pond or bird bath is a good idea. However, you could also have something with flowing water. It will add movement to the garden all year. It can also create a calming sound that you can enjoy when you’re outside. If you get noise coming into the garden from elsewhere, it’s a good idea to create your own sounds to focus on.
You can pick out a range of features for your garden if you want to enjoy it all year. Consider how you want to use it in all the seasons, whether you take pleasure in it from inside or outside.
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