The garden is a drab, dull place during the winter. Nothing is growing and the view is either snowy slush, muddy gray, or a combination of both. Not very enjoyable after a spring, summer, and autumn filled with vibrant colors.
There are a few things that can be done to liven up a winter garden and make it more eye-appealing. Use these 5 tips so you can enjoy your garden in this winter.
Berry-producing bushes, like Winterberry and Firethorn, will brighten the winter landscape with colorful berries. The berries are not edible for us but passing birds will stop and enjoy them.
Sapphire Berry and Beauty Berry are two other bushes that produce colorful berries in the winter.
Create Bird Feeders
Purchase or create bird feeders to attract a variety of birds to the winter landscape. A pinecone covered with peanut butter, rolled in birdseed, and suspended from a tree limb is a favorite bird food. It’s also a fun DIY project for kids!
A few food plants can be planted in the late summer and grown throughout the winter. In climates with extremely cold and snowy winter months, a hoop house or other garden covering may be needed to keep plants alive.
Spinach, garlic, kale, turnips, mustard, collard, carrots, parsley, and arugula are some winter-hardy food plants that can be grown in the ground or in containers during the winter. Place containers in a location that will protect them from winter winds and wrap containers with old carpeting, cardboard, etc., to help keep soil warm.
Suspend a few shiny objects from tree or shrub limbs that are located outside a window. As the winter winds blow the objects they will reflect the sunlight and brighten the view when you look out the window. Old Christmas tree decorations can be recycled for this DIY project.
Winter Window Box
Create a colorful winter window box with evergreen branches, pinecones, and colorful winter berries. Window boxes can be decorated with artificial flowers and other objects to create a seasonal theme so you can enjoy the view each time you look out of the window.
If you live in a climate that has mild winters you can plant wintercreeper, ornamental cabbage, ghost plant, sedum, or pink heather to provide living texture and color in an outdoor window box.
Let’s enjoy your garden in this winter!