Winter is a dark and cold time – but it doesn’t have to be a downer. Adding life to your yard or winter garden isn’t as hard as you think and can be done in a span of only a few hours (or in the summer if you like to plan ahead). Here are a few ideas to consider…
Use Your Hardscapes
Getting anything to grow outside in the winter is impossible – so lean into it! Focus on utilizing the non-living aspects of your yard or garden. Structures like fencing, arbors, pergolas, statues and more are striking in the warm months and can continue to be eye catching in the winter.
Show off these structures with lights either strung around the beams or with a ground level spotlight pointed in its direction. You can also add evergreens and hearty berry plants to create a pop of color during the daytime. You can also add some decorations when appropriate.
Use Planters Everywhere
You can create some beautiful displays in planters, even during the winter months. You can grab your warm weather planters from storage and fill them with evergreens, grasses and berries to create beautiful cold weather arrangements. You can also add colorful bows and light elements to bring even more life into the arrangement.
If you don’t want to go crazy just adding some evergreens is still perfectly lovely. Use these at your entryway, lantern posts and key focal points in your yard – be careful around mailboxes because the closer to the street the more likely they will be hit by plows.
Next year consider adding a little winter prep to your normal gardening routine. Think about what kinds of plants can thrive in the cold and use those in your spring and summer gardens with your normal plants. Look for plants that are hearty greens and produce colorful berries.