How to Create A Flawless Winter Garden

The UK is experiencing the most ruthless winter freeze in over half a decade. In such conditions, your garden must be full of snow. However, instead of mourning over a snow filled garden (which will remain the same throughout January), consider a winter garden and revamp it to look good!

winter garden

UK’s national garden room company, Oeca Garden Rooms, has years of experience in maintaining gardens. They were kind enough to give pointers on some minute things to make your garden look perfect during the winters. Here are some of them:

Plan the layout of the garden

They greatly emphasised you should have a garden layout which would work for all seasons – during summer when flowers are at their peak and around winter when all botanical elements start dying off. In such scenarios, it is highly recommended that you keep the flower beds raised and make hedges. Furthermore, always pick up and dispose dead plants to give your garden a neat appearance.

Decorate your garden

Beautify your garden with some classic lanterns and fairy lights. Preferably, you can hang them from any structure and use them as sole sources of illumination during night. This would make the white, snowcapped garden appear even better. Alternatively, to keep the Christmas spirit alive, you may pin some festive ribbons on the trees or hang colourful LED bulbs throughout the garden.

Plant winter flowers

Winter flowers are perfect to garnish your garden. Place your flowers in a way that they’re safe from the merciless chilled winds and still receive a bit of sunshine, which is rare during winter season. Near the house is highly recommended. With this done, plant some winter aconites. These yellow flowers have everything to light up your snowcapped garden by adding a fantastic colour to it. They also give sweet and light fragrance.

Other than that, you can plant some rosebud cherries to add a sensitive pink touch to your garden. Moreover, you may use common sweet boxes aka sarcococca confusa to add an elegant grey element to your garden. Pair them with some fragrant ivory flowers along with black berries and you’ll have yourself a spectacular looking garden!

Use winter pots

Winter pots are a great way of adding a colourful effect to your winter garden. It is recommended that you get stoneware so the cold winds are countered effectively. However, again, place the pots such that they could get sunlight.

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Tempted By Wooden Garden Furniture? Here’s What To Look For

High-quality wooden garden furniture will look great in your outside space, and last a long, long time. But how do you know the good from the bad? Here’s what you should be looking out for.

Teak garden furniture and wooden decking
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Size

It might seem obvious, but many people forget about the size of their garden when they start looking for furniture. Bear in mind that a lot of furniture – particularly the high-quality pieces we are talking about here – are delivered. So, it’s important to make sure you have the correct measurements to ensure your new table and chairs fit. This is especially true with made to order pieces – and if they don’t fit, you may face a hefty bill.

Construction

Even the strongest wood won’t last long if it has been constructed poorly. Look for furniture that has substantial fittings and hardware, and has enough connections that can take a healthy weight. For example, armless chairs can often be weaker because there is little support for the legs and backrest. That’s not to say your pieces need to be bulky. But there does need to be some support in relative terms. It can be devastating if you spend a small fortune on a one-off garden set, only for it to break after a couple of seasons.

Wood Types

Teak is the obvious choice for any wooden garden furniture. It’s strong, long lasting, and hardy throughout the seasons. But because it can be expensive, there are alternatives for those who don’t have the budget. Eucalyptus, if looked after correctly, can last as long as teak. But it does need regular treatment with a sealant once or twice a year. Cedar is another option. Again, it requires an annual treatment, but could last a couple of decades if you give it the right level of care. A final option is to go for rattan garden furniture. It’s made from palm trees and is very hardy, and great value. Plus, it is a sustainable material that grows quickly and has less impact on the environment.

Fittings

Metal fittings on your wooden furniture look great at first, but there is always the danger that they will corrode and rust over time. If you are worried about this, look for corrosion-free aluminum fittings that will last the distance. It’s also a good idea to buy covers for your furniture for when it rains. Once water droplets start getting inside the fittings, it can increase the likelihood of rust. Sure, it can be a pain to put them on every time it rains, but if you want to keep your garden furniture in great condition, it is worth the hassle.

Cushions

When you have spent a lot of money on some attractive wooden furniture, you want to know that you can sit in your patio or garden in comfort. Make sure that the cushions that come with your furniture are nice and thick and have machine-washable covers. You should also go for a UV stabilized finish, so they keep their good looks.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to buying great wooden furniture. However, with this guide, you should be in an excellent position to make the best choice.

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