How to enjoy your garden in the winter

by Bonnie

Now that the season has turned, it's time for us Nifties to start thinking about how we want our garden to look over the coming year.



Now that the season has turned, it's time for us Nifties to start thinking about how we want our garden to look over the coming year.

Sheila Averbuch, editor of Stopwatchgardener.com, explained that in the winter months, those with green fingers should set about planting colourful shrubs and cold-weather flowers near doors and windows.

"You've got to have something near the door or near the window to look at, because if it's close to you and you can see it when you're coming out of the house or if you can see it from your bedroom window, you feel so much better. One thing I often do is keep a pot of snowdrops on the wall that's right outside my back door," she remarked.

"Another thing that people can do is to have maybe two pots of the same size and they have a box of plants that can be clipped into a shape. Even having one of those on either side of your front door makes you think 'Oh, I've got a proper house and isn't this lovely? I've got something that looks like its growing, even though it's December'."

Ms Averbuch also stressed the need for colour in outdoor spaces when the weather is miserable, so invest in coloured heather and other hardy shrubs.

"There are also winter-coloured dogwoods, which have red stems – brilliant red – they look like they've been spray-painted. There's no leaves on them and they look surprisingly good. I planted two of them outside my back door last year and right now they look really good and they'll still look good in January," she pointed out.

Nifties could also indulge in a spot of topiary if they have evergreens in their garden, as these will need to be trimmed and carefully maintained to keep their shape.

"Whether it's frost or snow or drippy rain, something that's got a defined shape out there to look at – like a tall evergreen or something that can be clipped – is good," Ms Averbuch added.

Meanwhile, lots of people will be using this weekend to get their gardens in tip-top shape ahead of their Bonfire Night celebrations, with Rachel Epstein of party planners Celebrationz stressing the importance of having a clear garden for guests to gather in.

This means clearing it of all clutter, picking up any toys the grandkids have left outside and making sure tools are stored away in the shed or garage so no-one trips over when they're trying to light a rocket.

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