While the weather outside may be frightful, it can also be colorful! Winter doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb away until spring; there are still many things you can do to make the exterior of your home beautiful and vibrant.
While you are out hanging holiday lights and shoveling snow off of your driveway spend a little time making a few festive touches to your garden and home exterior. Here are a few ways you can still keep your garden design juices flowing this winter…
Container Gardening: While container gardening is always in season it’s a key part of your winter landscape. Your containers become your best friends giving you space to plant and design while the ground is frozen. Fill you planter 2/3 with sand and fill with dried perennials and dried twigs and grasses to keep with the season. Go for some killer evergreens to make it a truly winter inspired arrangement! The best part is you don’t have to water it because everything is dried. Add some coneflowers and some seasonal accessories as the season changes. Once spring comes just dump it out and get to planting things that will grow!
Window Boxes: Window boxes are also great places to create non-growing arrangements that can provide as much color and charm as blooming flowers. Approach a window box like a planter using sand to anchor the stems and filling it with dried perennials and evergreens. Add a few holiday items to make it seasonal or wait until it snows and you have that wonderful look of a coating of snow on top.
Add Lights: You can still enjoy some of your outdoor structures in the winter with a few twinkling lights. Snow and lights are a great combination. Wrap a few lights around your trellis, lamppost, or container garden. Use smaller white lights to make it look less Christmas-like and enjoy throughout winter!
Birdbath Transformation: Since the birds have gone away for a while, turn your birdbath into a wonderful seasonal pedestal. Add some evergreens, berries, and pinecones for a seasonal look. Add a focal point to the display like a small statue or big holiday ornament to draw the attention to the top center of the display.