Winter Additions for Your Garden
Winter Additions for Your Garden
While the run-up to Christmas is often a magical time of year, seeing the summertime disappear in the rear-view mirror can be disheartening and spell the end of outdoor enjoyment as the seasons take a chilly turn.
Winter is often seen as a time to retreat to the indoors and leave the garden somewhat neglected; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, there are a few outdoor features you can add to your garden that are perfect for the wintertime.
To help you make the most of your outside space this winter, here are a few winter additions for your garden that can make your outdoors all the more inviting.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the winter period for those who love the outdoors is, of course, the bitter cold that comes with it and the limitations it provides. Luckily, that stumbling block can be easily remedied with a garden heater.
When it comes to winter outdoor heating options, the variety of products on offer can, at times, be overwhelming. Patio heaters, wood burners and fire pits are all fantastic avenues to outdoor warmth, each providing an immediate answer to the winter chill.
For sheer speed and ease of use, electric patio heaters powered by infrared or halogen bulbs are excellence ways of heating up your outdoor space. These products are designed to begin pumping out heat from the moment the switch is flicked. The higher the wattage, the more heat you get.
However, in terms of unique appeal and wow factor, it’s hard to compete with the increasingly popular garden heating option that is the chiminea. A Mexican import, Chimineas provide an authentic heating solution that doubles up as a garden feature.
In addition to the obvious practical benefits of radiating your outdoor space, chimineas provide your garden with the literal spark it needs to ignite your exterior design with the natural allure of a fiery visual.
Not only do they provide an authentic, warming glow to your external living space that functionally allows you to enjoy the outdoors despite the drop in temperature, these decorative flares give your garden a… well, a decorative flair!
Best of all, chimineas can double-up as a cooking appliance – notably used for baking potatoes and cooking pizzas – which can be particularly handy in the summertime, making for a cool and unusual outdoor feature to show your friends when barbeque season returns.
When making additions to your garden landscape, it can be easy to fall into the trap of approaching it purely from a design perspective, without thinking about the environment you’re creating. What looks good and what does good can often be two different things.
As such, you may want to consider sprucing up your outdoor space with a winter addition for your garden that also provides a positive influence to the eco-system within it. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can positively improve your garden habitat in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Winter is a tough time of year for wildlife as food supplies are less accessible and survival becomes an increasing struggle. Adding a bird feeder, table or bath to your outdoor space with the necessary bird-friendly snacks – bread, seeds, nuts, berries, etc. – can be just the helping hand your feathered friends and furry visitors need during the winter period.
Better still, seeing these chirpy chappies happily hopping around your wintry garden can be a picturesque sight to behold, adding a festive feeling to your frosty garden to create a scene worthy of a Christmas card.
With the festive period on the horizon, you may have already considered adding some outdoor lighting to your garden this winter in the form of Christmas lights – but what about once the big day has come and gone?
Adding solar lights are a quick and easy solution that’s also environmentally friendly. However, solar lighting can be hit and miss and they often operate at a much lower output than their mains counterparts. This effectively means they provide less light which can defeat the object of having them in the first place.
That being said, if you happen to have a composite deck in your garden, built-in deck lights are a stylish solution for energy-efficient outdoor illumination. Providing sleek and subtle uplighting, decking lights can create a laid-back ambience that is guaranteed to impress once the sun goes down.
For sheer versatility, spotlights can also be a great addition, providing adjustable positioning that can be angled how you like. This can be a particularly handy feature if you plan on changing up your garden layout, allowing you to refocus the light to complement your outdoor design.
Best of all, if you get your winter lighting right, not only can you enjoy your outdoor space throughout the wintertime, but you can also make the most of your garden in the summertime and indulge in the summer nights long after the sun goes down.