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How to keep the garden interesting during winter

After the pops of colour, scent and nice barbecues and picnics in the hot months, many people pack their garden furniture away and look forward to spring.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be like this! There are options for you to keep some interest in your garden during the cold months.

Not that I am advocating that we all brave the cold and go outside to sit in nature, but having something nice in the garden that you can look at from the comfort of your heated indoors, or that greets you in your front garden every time you come back home can be a good way to cheer you up during the gloomy winter months. Some good plants to choose to achieve this are:

1-Winter Flowering Plants. Yes, there are some plants that flower during winter, which adds pops of colour and joy to your garden.  Camellias, Hellebores and some Clematis (cirrhosa varieties such as ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Wisley cream’) are good examples.

2- Evergreens. These can be trees, shrubs or even perennials that retain their leaves all year round, and therefore maintain structure in the garden during winter. Conifers (such as Douglas Fir), Japanese skimmias (this one is not only evergreen, but it also bears colourful berries during winter) and Liriopes are good examples.

3- Seed heads: Finally, there are some plants that, after flowering, form beautiful seed heads that look beautiful during winter. These include Echinaceas, Sedums and some Clematis ( such as ‘Golden Tiara’).

References:

1-Pinterest. (n.d.). Hellebores. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

2-Pinterest. (n.d.). Clematis cirrhosa ‘jingle bells’. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

3- Pinterest. (n.d.). Douglas Fir. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

4-Pinterest. (n.d.). Liriope muscari ‘Emerald Cascade’. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

5-Pinterest. (n.d.). Echinacea seed heads. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

6-Pinterest. (n.d.). Sedum seed heads. [Image] Available at: https://hu.pinterest.com/pin/349451252307217677/?lp=true [Accessed 08 January 2021].

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