How To Create A Winter Garden
With Summer firmly behind us and Autumn end being close, many people neglect the garden for a roaring log fire in the lounge. Understandable, as the average British garden is not exactly equipped for winter relaxation.
But fear not, the following short guide will help you enhance your glorious garden into a relaxing winter pad..
- Lights, Switch, Action!
Lighting is a key component to creating the right ambience that people _want_ to relax in. You can spend copious amounts of money on plants, furniture, decking and other features, but without planning and implementing a strategic lighting plan – none of this is much good. We really like the effect of combining up/down lighting with wall-mounted downlights and a sprinkle of floor lighting to create a soothing ambience, ideal for relaxing.
Check out Auraglow black up/down lights available for a snip at just £15.95 each, pair them up with some black Konstsmide outside wall washer downlights and these amazing LED post lights for some serious ambience..
- More trees please?
As important as shrubs, plants and flowers are in Summer, Winter commands hardier foliage and a great place to start is with some trees. Now, we’re not talking oak trees, but more on the line of sub-tropical and smaller varieties that can be bought pre-grown for an instant transformation to your garden snug.
The Palm Centre based in Richmond has a great selection of sub-tropical foliage. We love this Guadeloupe Palm available as 160cm/180cm for £249/00 for an instant transformation. These also look great with the right lighting.
- Get Decked Out!
With the lights creating an ambience and the trees giving a ‘secret garden’ feel, we now need a place to put our winter garden furniture. This space is going to get the most abuse – dirty feet, furniture being dragged about, wine spills, snow shovelled and everything in between. It is also one of the biggest costs and more difficult DIY jobs, so it is of key importance to ensure the right materials are used. Traditionally, timber decking has been used, but in more recent times a new product called composite decking has hit the market and is gaining in popularity. Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) decking is a mix of recycled wood and plastic. This requires very little maintenance, looks almost identical to timber, doesn't stain or fade and so it's no surprise this environmentally-friendly and robust decking material is a great choice for a year-round decked area.
Fix Direct provide high quality composite decking. These superior decking boards are solid, fully-capped and require very little maintenance. You can buy the beautiful streaked ‘Horizon’ range from just £28.00 per 2.66m length. Check out their decking calculator to get an idea for total costs.
- Sit down and park up..
Time for the furniture. With our stunning Winter bolt hole, we now need something to sit on. Now the Winter is a little different than the Summer, so we might want to look for a comfy, warm furniture set that is perfect in cold weather to snuggle down and relax. It is important to consider size and this is very much more depicted by number of family members or how much you are looking to entertain – or perhaps just a small set for you as a couple to enjoy.
This Maze Lounge Nexus Corner Sofa is an ideal option. This stunning corner seating is made with Sunbrella fabrics. A premium fabric that is guaranteed against the elements, ideal for harsh climates and can be left outside all year round.
The number one item to buy for your Winter Garden (even if you buy nothing else) is a patio heater or chiminea. Warmth is your friend for festive al fresco. The biting cold will have no chance against a good quality product.
We love this chic outdoor stove from Rigby Fires. With a fantastic design and four glass windows, you can enjoy even warmth from wherever you sit.
So there you have it, a simple guide to get the most out of your garden this Winter. Enjoy it, relax in it and make the most of your outdoor space.