Make the most out of the snow and turn your garden into your own winter wonderland with these simple tips!
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Make Your Own Garden Winter Wonderland
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Gardening tasks may be postponed during winter, but you can still breathe life into your backyard. Even after the holidays, the Christmas spirit still lingers. So if you love seeing enchanted snowy gardens, know that you can also have your own winter wonderland at home.
With or without snowfall, you can turn your garden into a breathtaking winter wonderland with these stylish ideas for outdoor decoration. Are you ready to get to work?
A theme is essential in creating a beautiful and cohesive garden design. There are numerous options, from nativity scenes and Santa’s village to an enchanted winter garden.
What would you like to see in your landscape? Think about what will work best for your outdoor space before you get to work.
As trees and shrubs drop their leaves, and grass and flowers bite the dust, the framework of your landscape is revealed. For a winter garden to work, you need an effective year-round structure.
Pay attention to the symmetry, lines, and curves of your landscape.
Hedging and trimming can help you provide your garden with pattern, structure, and privacy. Outline paths and garden beds with fresh evergreens.
You can further strengthen the borders with trees with patterned bark, winter flowering shrubs, and gorgeous dogwood.
3. Select a Color Scheme
If you don’t want your home's exterior to be a mad jamboree of colors, choose a color scheme that suits the theme. During the cold months, gray, black, and white are common dominant shades.
Muted colors like silver, blue, bronze, and gold stand out well against the monochromatic winter palette. But what you go with ultimately depends on the outcome you are looking for.
If you want a more conventional design, stick with the all-time Christmas classics – red and green. Add a tinge of silver and gold for added style.
4. Create a Focal Point
Every good design has a focal point. Whether you are decorating an interior or a landscape, you need an eye-catching element. Back in December, Christmas decorations were a hit!
Post-holidays, you may want to go for an ornamental garden structure or an attractive set of plants.
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5. Plant Winter Flowers
Many people falsely assume that it is impossible to grow and plant flowers in winter. That is not true. Your options extend beyond the popular evergreens. Even during the cold months, you can enjoy the beauty of winter-flowering greenery.
There is something magical about the flowers opening up in the snow. Tired of looking at leafless trees?
Here is a list of some of the sturdiest plants that can survive unfavorable winter conditions:
- Flowering Quince – This is a virtually indestructible plant that tolerates different extreme climates.
- Snowfall – While the rest of your garden is dormant, these lovely flowers will pop out of the snow.
- Boxwood – The greenery is perfect to add texture and structure to your winter garden.
- Winterberry – Winterberry will give your garden a splash of dazzling red color.
- Witch hazel – Fragrant during the summer and fresh in the winter, witch hazel is something you need in your garden. It's great for the skin too!
6. Consider Artificial Snow
To create a true winter wonderland, you simply cannot go without snow. Even if the chances for snow in your area are low, you shouldn't be deterred from designing a magical white garden. You can make stunning artificial snow with a little bit of imagination.
Cover the base and branches of your trees with the glittering fake snow. Add soft glowing golden Christmas lights to create a whimsical outdoor look.
7. Complete the Look
I know it can be a lot of work, but if you really want to achieve the winter wonderland look, your outdoor decor should complement each other. On that note, decorate any area that you think will have an impact on your gardens like your porch or front door.
What about an indoor winter wonderland garden? YouTuber Idunn Goddess shares a tutorial on how to make a miniature winter zen garden that serves as desk decor and stress reliever!
Celebrate the season’s magic by transforming your garden into a winter wonderland. It can be a lot of work but once you see your flowers blooming and the snow resting on the tree branches, you'll be overwhelmed seeing how beautiful your winter garden has grown. But most importantly, have fun while doing it!
Have you started your own winter garden? Feel free to share your own tips and insights in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 26, 2017, updated for quality and relevancy.
Guest post by Ella Andrews on behalf of gardenerskennington.org.uk.