15 Winter Garden Design Ideas
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15 Winter Garden Design Ideas
When summer comes to an end and the days start getting colder and shorter, it can feel a bit depressing and gloomy. The sun has set on the summer. However, if you have a garden, there are still plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy it, even in winter.
Gardens are places where we relax, unwind, and spend time with family and friends. When the BBQ and paddling pool has been packed away, it’s time to get creative and think of new ways to enjoy the outdoors, including warming up and catering to the wildlife.
Here are 15 winter garden design ideas:
1. Patio heaters
These come in compact and larger sizes and make it possible to use your patio seating in dry, cold weather. Entertaining outdoors is always special and doesn’t need to be saved for a hot day.
2. Solar lights
Garden lamps and lighting decorate the space and makes it appealing at night. Solar lights store energy from the sun and are completely free to run.
Gathering round a firepit on a wintry night is a magical way to spend an evening. Firepits are a garden staple now and come in chimney and bowl form. Most can be moved around and many double as BBQs for summer.
Protect your car and your family from the elements with a carport. Carports are useful places to hang washing and store items you want to keep dry.
5. Window boxes
Add a dash of winter colour to your home with floral window boxes. Plants like pansies and cyclamen flower through the winter and are great for adding colour to pots and beds before the bulbs come up in spring. See more winter flowering plants in this article from Country Living.
When the weather turns cold, it’s time to pack away summer furniture, outdoor cushions, and anything else that won’t stand up to cold temperatures and wet weather. Investing in a compact shed or outdoor storage unit keeps your garden furniture and tools in great condition.
7. Festive decorations
Giving your garden a makeover with festive decorations adds some cheer to your garden and makes it an inviting place to spend time. They don’t need to be Christmas themed – fairy lights work nicely all year round and instantly uplift a space.
8. Evergreen shrubs
Winter gardens can feel quite sparse when the leaves drop and the perennial plants die back. Evergreen shrubs inject a bit of greenery back into your garden and many are low maintenance. See 17 of the best evergreen shrubs from Gardener’s World.
9. Glass verandas
An elegant alternative to conservatories, glass verandas create shelter adjoining your home that can be used all year round in good conditions. Turn it into a plant haven, a spot for lounging and reading, a dining area, or whatever else you fancy!
10. Hedgehog habitat
The British hedgehog is under threat due to shrinking habitats and increased road traffic. Why not turn your garden into a safe haven for a hedgehog family? Creating a wild corner, making your pond safe and creating links to other gardens are some of the things you can do. Get more information in this guide by the British Hedgehog Society.
11. Feed the birds
Garden birds need our help too. This is a simple as putting out a bird table or fat balls and enjoying watching them come and visit. Birdbaths make great viewing as well.
12. Candle holders
Outdoor candle hangers and lanterns area a beautiful addition to a garden and set the mood for any outdoor entertaining.
For keen gardeners, a greenhouse is a great investment. It allows you to continue growing a wider range of veg and plants through winter and provides a place to protect vulnerable plants from frost.
14. Pizza oven
Outdoor pizza ovens have become more accessible recently as they have risen in popularity. There are lots of portable options, fuelled by pellets to give that delicious wood-fired taste.
15. Hot tub
A hot tub is a rather extravagant investment but well worth it if it’s possible. Covering your hot tub with a shelter ensures you can use it come rain, shine or snow!
We hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these winter garden design ideas and you’ve been inspired for your own home. Are you interested in creating shelter for entertaining at home? Find out about glass verandas and patio canopies for your garden.