How To Make The Most Of Your Winter Garden

Wintertime brings crisp air, frost and festive cheer.  How do you add colour and vibrancy to your garden, attract birds and create a fragrant space for winter enjoyment?  We’ll bring you some festive garden tips to create a sensual, life-filled space this winter.

 

Berries for winter

What could be better in wintertime than creating berries for birds?  The bright red and crimson berries will add a cheerful touch to your garden.  Hawthorn berries have also been used as herbal remedies for digestion and high blood pressure.  If you’re planting Holly, remember to combine male and female plants in order to get an attractive range of berries for your garden.  Holly makes a great festive season decoration, adding cheer to your home. 

If you love a wild, rambling garden style, brambles make an excellent choice.  Not only do they offer you delicious fruits, but they will give you evergreen leaves and delicious summer fruits.  If brambles are a favorite, seek out some pie or jam recipes to add to your table during the summer season.

Although mistletoe is a popular choice for the festive season, mistletoe is a parasite. Left to grow long, it will grow too big and steal the nutrients from your trees.  Hunt for mistletoe to add to your festive season decor. You may also notice parts of your tree don’t grow as they used to.  Removing mistletoe will help your tree to flourish.  Remember to add a sprig of mistletoe to your living space to spark a touch of romance. 

 

Scented plants and herbs

What can be better than the aromatic scent of shrubs or herbs on a cold winter morning? Create a sensual garden by adding shrubs such as Viburnum which will add aroma to your winter garden.  Christmas box makes another excellent winter shrub choice if you want to add fragrance to your garden.  You’ll have a leafy garden with a lovely aroma to embrace you on cool winter nights.

 

Herbs such as Rosemary, Lavender, Oreganum, Thyme, Parsley, Dill, Fennel, Mints, and Sage make great winter choices.  You’ll be able to add scent to your garden and fragrance to your home.  Lavender is an excellent choice for those with high blood pressure.  Those with low blood pressure as well as a soothing choice to add to your pillow on cool winter nights. 

 

Add your herbs to colourful containers to assist them with surviving frost.  Warm glazes, earthy terra-cotta or raw concretes all make excellent choices.  A dribble of ground cover will add an attractive element to your pots.  Add yogurt to encourage moss broth in shady areas, highlighting any attractive design elements. 

A favorite addition to winter dinners,  mint plants can be harvested quickly for the sauce as long as they are reasonably established plants.

 

Striking trees and attractive foliage

Add festive colour to your garden by using spicy barks.  Paperbark maple will add a hint of cinnamon to your garden, bringing a fiery flair to cold winter mornings.

 

You can also seek out plants with attractive foliage to add winter warmth to your home.  Ornamental cabbages will give bright colour to your winter garden and are strong enough to survive the frost.

 

Cheerful flowers and colourful borders

Hyacinth comes in lilac or pink and will flower in winter, adding an attractive display of soft colour to your winter garden.

 

Pansies will give a colourful touch to your garden.  Use them to fill up your flower beds and add a touch of cheer to your winter garden. 

 

Attracting birds

 

Festive season time to focus on birds.  Feed them with fruits, berries , nuts and seeds.  Add attractive bird feeders to your branches to feed Robins as well as Sparrows.  Feeders come in a range of different styles and colours to suit your garden. 

 

Prepare your flower boxes for spring.

Fill cheerful flower boxes or containers with bulbs ready for spring.  Crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils make great choices to add spring colour to your garden. 

 

Nourish yourself with a fresh harvest

If you’re an avid vegetable gardener, winter is an excellent time to begin planting your Onions and garlic, broad beans, winter lettuce, peas, asparagus, carrots, spinach.  Veggies can be added to veggie boxes, which will protect both leaves and roots. Compost, manure, and bonemeal will help your plants to thrive. 

 

Garden tasks for the winter season

Place frost guard over your plants at night to protect your plants from frosty winter nights.  You can also protect your plants with a cone to keep them warm.

 

Mulch the ground to keep roots warm and protected.  Bark chip, hay and pebbles make great mulch.  You can also autumn leaves, which will decompose eventually, adding nourishment to your soil.  Nutshells are another excellent mulching choice.

Avoid pruning or cutting your plants.  Black frost will burn your plants, so keep any dead material as a protection.

 

We hope you enjoyed this latest Blog post by Nicci A.  She has written for Elle Decor South Africa.

 

Merry Christmas from the Garden Gifting Team!

 

 

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