How do you keep your landscape looking great in the winter?
Winter is not exactly known for being the time of year when plants are lush and green, which can make cold month landscaping tricky. Trees have lost their leaves, grass changes from vibrant to more muted tones, and flowers with colorful blooms lie dormant.
However, there are many things you can do to add some zest to your winter landscaping. During the holiday months especially, you might have more eyes on your yard than ever as people peruse your neighborhood looking for Christmas lights. Here are a few ways to showcase your landscape’s best features, even in the subdued winter months.
Winter is a great time to focus on other aspects of your landscaping besides plants. Sculptures, statues, and water features are great outdoor art pieces to add to your landscape design. When selecting sculptures or statues, make sure they fit with the overall theme of your landscape and the look of your home.
Water features like fountains, waterfalls, small ponds, or even something as simple as a birdbath can all provide elegant focal points. Not to mention, the sound of flowing water creates a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Trellises and arches are two other garden accents that can add dimension and provide support for plant life.
Lights are another feature that enhances your landscape year-round. Well-lit walkways and patios not only add security to your home, but also ensure strong lines in your landscape design are still visible at nighttime. Lights can also be added to balconies, ledges, windows, entryways, or front porch columns to accentuate your property’s best features. Hanging lights, lanterns, or outdoor light fixtures make porches look warmer and more inviting. Read about the 4 Types of Outdoor Lighting and get an estimate from our Memphis landscaping team for lighting design and installation.
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In the holiday months, many yards have the added feature of Christmas lights. When adding Christmas lights, it helps to plan things out ahead of time. Take a moment to step back and take a good look at your home, considering trees, windows, the roof, and walkways. Also, take into account where exterior outlets are located. Then, choose two or three items to light as focal points and go from there.
Consider adding other decorations besides traditional strings of lights as well. Luminaries can be made from small glass vases, paper bags, or mason jars. Glowing globes can be hung from trees or arranged in a pot or birdbath. The front door is not the only place to add a wreath. Hang multiple wreaths on windows or hang an oversized wreath above the garage door or on the garden shed.
Gathering spaces take your landscape from a beautiful display to an inviting place to host guests. Outdoor sofas and patio chairs give people a place to relax and enjoy the night. A dining table allows you to share a meal outside. Give guests a cozy place to gather even in the winter months by adding a fire pit or fireplace. Be sure to read our 5 Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit. Our team specializes in building custom fireplaces.
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Winter is evergreen’s time to shine. Spruces, azaleas, hollies, junipers, cedars, cypress, and boxwoods all retain their color in the winter. Evergreens can be incorporated in a variety of ways from tall, stately trees to artistically sheared hedges. Because they maintain their color and thickness year-round, evergreens are often used as a partition to add privacy to homes. Evergreen shrubs do well in plant beds. Boxwood, yew, and juniper can be tightly pruned into hedges, spirals, or spheres.
Make sure to water your evergreens during warm spells when the ground isn’t frozen. Well taken care of evergreens can go on to provide a nice backdrop for bright colors when flowers bloom in spring and leaves change in fall.
Although most flowers bloom in the spring, there are a few plants that have blooms during the winter. Among these are the winter jasmine, winter gem boxwood, and hellebore. One variety of the hellebore is called the “Christmas rose” because it’s been known to bloom as early as December. There are also pansies, cabbage, and decorative kale options available that will add an amazing splash of color to your landscape.
Another way to add some pops of color to your winter landscaping is to include plants with berries. Crabapples and holly are two plants that have berries throughout the winter. Holly is a popular plant to incorporate into inside or outside Christmas decorations.
Since trees lose their leaves in the winter, it helps to have one or two that reveal colorful or interesting bark underneath. A variety of smaller trees and shrubs have bark with an interesting shape or texture. As you can probably guess from its name, the Coral Bark Japanese Maple has a beautiful, bright red bark.
The right features can keep your yard looking great in the winter and go on to accentuate the vibrant colors and lush plant life of spring. For cold month landscaping, focus on elements like hardscape and lighting. Make sure you have evergreens and other plants that can provide color in the winter. Add a patio, outdoor seating, and a fire pit to make your yard a place where people gather all year long.
Our team at Gurley’s would love to help you with the design and installation of any of these features. If you’re interested in having the support of experts to implement any of the ideas listed above, contact us today to request a quote.