Outdoor Living: Enjoy Your Garden All Year Round

If you love spending as much time as possible outdoors, your garden poses something of a problem. Most people enjoy the blooms, colors, and growth of the spring and summer in their garden, of course, but during fall and winter, it’s a different story. However, there are plenty of ways of sprucing up your backyard space so you can soak up the outdoor atmosphere all year round – it’s just a question of finding the right solutions. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at a few simple ideas that will help you create a superb, relaxing environment that you can enjoy despite the changing weather.

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Year-round flowers

 

There are a few ways of encouraging color in your garden all year round. You can plant a right mix of plants that spring up at different times of the year, or just look for year-round flowers that only need their basic needs met to thrive. Roses are a good example – especially the Rosa odorata Crimson Bengal. Euphorbia ceratocarpa is another example of garden plants that flower all the way from early spring to the darkest part of winter.

 

Create a shelter

 

A proper shelter protects you from rain, snow, and wind – all of the weather conditions that stop you from getting outside in the winter months. But a shelter can also protect you when the sun is beating down at its most potent. You might consider getting yourself a large gable patio or even build a simple lean-to to give you the protection you need to enjoy your garden all year round. It’s also a good idea to install some heating lamps, or maybe even build a firepit to keep yourselves warm on those crisp, cold winter nights.

 

Invest in synthetics

 

Worried about the state of your lawn during the winter? To prevent your garden turning into a mud bath, why not invest in some synthetic turf instead? It will look lush and green all year round, and the new artificial grass even allows the rain to drain through to the soil underneath. It also goes without saying that synthetic turf is incredibly easy to maintain – you can forget about lawn trimming several times a month in spring and summer, giving you more time to tend to your garden beds and vegetable patches – or just relaxing!

 

Go for a greenhouse

 

Greenhouses are a little out of fashion at the moment – you don’t see as many as you used to. But if you want to get some fresh air and enjoy your gardening hobby all year round, they are an essential purchase. Greenhouses are perfect for pottering, and ensure your plants and veggies are well protected from frost and inclement conditions.

 

Encourage wildlife

 

Don’t forget about your local wildlife when it comes to winter – creating space and feeding opportunities for it can be a great way to enjoy your garden. Nesting boxes are great for enticing birds and give them somewhere warm and safe to stay when the temperature drops. And, as a final point – cultivate a wilderness area, too. They are great for giving small mammals a place to hibernate, and if you have kids, they will love the thought of having guests in the garden over winter.  

 

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