Christmas. Snow. Ice. 'Tis almost the season to be jolly, though your garden might not be. Most people pay little to no attention to their gardens around this time of year because it's cold outside and they assume that nothing much will grow anyway. But that's simply not true. No matter where you are, a pretty, pristine garden can really add some colour and warmth to an otherwise freezing, cold scene.
Whether you want a unique and stylish residential landscape design in Denver to give your home the wow factor, or a simple but elegant garden design in New York to make your home more festive, don't fret for here are some tips you can follow.
You might be under the impression that you have no choice but to leave your garden barren for the next few months because anything you try to plant will die. Generally, this is untrue. It's really all about choice, timing and careful planning. If you want a unique and stylish garden to give your home the wow factor, you'll have to work for it. Certain plants can grow in the freezing temperatures. But for those of you who already have certain flowering plants rooted in your gardens, there are things you can do to prevent unsightly, frozen-to-death buds from greeting your guests at the door. You can add some mulch to keep the temperature at the root more stable and compost to keep the plants fertilized. Though you shouldn't actually fertilize because forcing plants to grow fast at a time when they're really meant to be dormant just spells trouble. You can cut off the flowering braches ahead of time and bring them into your house so they open and bloom in there.
Caring for the garden can be an enjoyable pastime for some but for most, it's really about the visual appeal that it adds to your home. So, for the winter, you'll want to pick seasonal, rustic colours such as reds, golds and plush greens. Save bright colours for summertime. Right now you want to match the relaxing, cool mood with warmer, more neutral tones. The occasional hint or splash of bright colour can be really great and really visually impacting if used properly and sparingly. Some good flowers to have are hydrangeas (they look kind of like spherical snowflakes), hollies and sunflowers. Berries and coloured barks also give off and capture a certain magical feel that Christmas tends to hold in the air, so they might be a good addition to your garden. In the end, it's really all about whether or not you're happy with your garden, so you should choose colours and designs that make you smile.
Winter can be a really solemn and cold time of the year, but your garden doesn't have to give in to that. Bring a little joy to your life by taking some care of your garden. Who knows, maybe adding some beauty to your home might be the little boost you needed to face your extended family for the season. It certainly couldn't hurt.
- This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35