It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and nowhere else is this more obvious than in your garden! ‘Tis the season to get chilly, but wintertime can also become a picturesque backdrop for memorable gatherings when done right.
Echo outdoor winter elements in your interior decor
Plan your get-togethers in winter carefully by coordinating details inside and outside the house. It will make your home look harmonious and welcoming. If you aren’t big on the usual Yuletide palette (bright red, green, and gold), patterns (plaids and doilies), and decor (Christmas ornaments), you can play around with color, texture, and other details of winter instead. Take inspiration from your own garden to make your interiors just as lovely as nature makes the outdoors.
Stick to a minimalist winter palette such as pale blues, silvers, and whites for big elements like rugs, curtains, and pillow covers. Consider snowflake patterns or fluffy fabrics to echo snow. Then add a few pops of winter-inspired color from your garden- the bright red of berries or poinsettia, the green of fir, or the burnished gold of pine cones- with accessories and small decorative touches all over the place.
Highlight the qualities of winter blooms and trees
Wintertime may not wear as colorful and vibrant a cloak as autumn, but with a few well-chosen plants, it can be equally as gorgeous. The key is to work not just with visuals, but with the other senses, as well. For instance, the boldly-textured bark of silver birch and cherry trees can add a tactile element to your garden. You can wrap fairy lights on their trunks or drape paper lanterns on their branches to highlight them.
Another trick to having a beautiful winter garden is to make it obvious that you have one even if it’s covered in snow. How to do this? Select aromatic plants! Jasmine, daphne, gardenias, and Stargazer lilies give off exquisite scents especially in the clean, crisp air of winter because they are not competing with the aromas of spring or summertime.
Create cozy corners
Bring out the flickering tea lights in glass containers or floating candles in their vessels, because nothing can cozy up your home more than winter and a warm glowing nook. Those unlit corners of your patio, porch, or gazebo will give off a welcoming glow with a bit of candlelight (consider LED tea lights if you’re worried about open flames). If it gets too cold to appreciate your winter garden outdoors, view it through a fairy lights-framed window seat instead.
Prettify your pathways (while making them slip-proof)
Outdoor safety can be a thing of beauty, too. You can line up your pathways with landscape lights so you won’t slip or trip on anything going home. Choose prettily shaped LED path lights or solar powered ones if there’s enough sunlight to charge them – this way, even if they are on all night, you won’t have to worry about high electric bills.
While you’re at it, consider lining your paths with rubber mulch. It won’t freeze in cold weather because it doesn’t absorb water, and because it’s made of rubber, will provide enough traction as you walk confidently through your winter garden.