Leaves are turning on the trees, and your days of lazing on your garden patio surrounded by beautiful flora are behind you for the year. Impending winter doesn’t mean abandoning your backyard respite, though, and a few key additions will transform your backyard garden into a relaxing winter wonderland.
Not everyone lives where ice luminaries will last for more than a few days, but many other options exist for adding color to your winter garden. Fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs, and planting evergreens like fir, pine, cedar, holly or juniper will ensure color throughout the winter. Many shrubs and trees, such as red twig dogwood or witch hazel, have textured bark, colorful branches, or winter flowers. There are also many trellises and arbors for your garden that you can decorate with wreaths, lawn ornaments, and hanging planters now and then have a new canvas for the spring.
Watching birds and small animals flit and scurry around your garden can be deeply meditative, so invite them in by adding bird feeders with suet or seed for the birds, and add dried corncobs or other nuts for the squirrels or chipmunks. Adding a heated birdbath will make sure your wild friends have a place to drink and bathe during those cold days.
Adding decorative lighting can go a long way to bathing your garden area in a warm glow. There are many options for string lights or lanterns. If you don’t have easy outdoor electricity options, use solar lights. For real warmth, add a fire pit or an outdoor heater. Enjoying the crisp outdoors while being warmed by a fire or having smores with your hot cocoa can make for some great holiday memories.
The coming of winter doesn’t have to leave you stuck inside for months on end. A peaceful respite is no further than your own backyard.