How To Add Color To Your Winter Garden ~ I decided to add color to my winter garden because I have been working towards making my garden something I can enjoy during all four seasons. The bulbs start to bloom in May, the annuals and perennials bloom throughout Spring and Summer and even Autumn has its own beauty with the late blooming flowers and changing foliage colors.
How To Add Color To Your Winter Garden
I live in an area of Canada near the Rocky Mountains where winter arrives in November and hangs around till the end of March and we can even get snow in April. That makes for six months of winter weather. Now don’t get me wrong. This season has a beauty of its own with the brilliant white snow set against the beautiful blue skies on a cold, chilly day.
The problem is that my garden can look pretty lifeless and bleak for several months of the year during the winter season.
I don’t know if this is an official term but I have been creating a Winter Gardenscape in my garden during the winter months.
In November I set out some ‘wintery’ items and decorate with pretty balls, ribbon and sparkly snowflakes. Now when I look out the kitchen window, I see pops of blues and silvers with the brilliant white snow as the backdrop. This Winter Gardenscape stays like this until the end of February. Notice that it doesn’t look Christmasy. It just looks Wintery!
Where did I pick up the decorative items for my Winter Gardenscape? First of all, I didn’t spend a lot of money. The wreaths were bought at thrift stores for a couple of dollars each. The reindeer were bought at garage sales for under $5.00. I picked up the blue and silver balls and ribbon at after Christmas sales and I recently bought the large silver snowflakes for $2.00 each and the smaller ones for two for $1.00. I’d like to add a few more things since this is a pretty big garden but I don’t want to over do it either. I’ll see what new inspiration comes up.
I also have to think about the winter weather elements. The sun can be pretty bright this time of year and the snowfalls can be quite beautiful but heavy. The strong north winds can bring very cold freezing temperatures. So I had to make sure the items I put out in the garden could withstand everything winter has to offer. For example I strung the balls on a string and attached the string to the branches I inserted in the pots and I secured the wreaths with gardening twist ties so they weren’t going anywhere.
I think I have reached my goal of having a garden I can enjoy all year round!
Here are other ways I add decorative touches to the garden …
Hope you are inspired to make your own Winter Gardenscape!