Whether we like it or not, it’s time to put away the sun loungers and prep our gardens for winter. There are plenty of ways to preserve the beauty and style of your garden through the colder months. Winter gardening for beginners doesn’t need to be intimidating.
Add a Splash of Colour
Everlasting grey days are par for the course when it comes to the Great British winter. This is why we love to add some colour to our winter garden to keep our mood lifted and avoid a bare, unkempt landscape.
Pansies, Japanese quince and winter-flowering heather are all bright and beautiful flowering plants that will last throughout the chilly seasons. If you’re winter gardening in pots, make sure they are designed to withstand frosty and snowy conditions. We also love seeing dogwood and witch hazel in winter gardens for a timeless, low-maintenance addition.
Bring in the Bulbs
It’s always helpful to think ahead with your garden. This is why autumn and winter are the perfect time to plant your flowering bulbs in preparation for a gorgeous spring landscape. You can also plan ahead for year-round flower cover. The key is to understand what grows in winter gardening.
Plant daffodils, dahlias, hyacinths, lilies and crocus in autumn then snowdrops, winter aconite and tulips in winter for spring. Invest in some good quality compost to support growth and sprinkle them throughout your garden wherever takes you fancy. Beneath the trees, edging the lawn or beside the patio – the choice is yours!
Protect your Furniture
While some of us prefer to store away our outdoor furniture in a shed or garage during the colder months, others like to simply cover things up. In fact, investing in high-quality outdoor furniture cover will prove very fruitful. The unpredictable British weather means you can get the most from your coverage throughout the year!
Add buying good quality covers to your winter gardening to do list – at the Garden Furniture Centre, we have a wide range of furniture covers and protection including hard-wearing heavy-weight outdoor sofa weather covers.
As winter is also a great time to treat your wooden furniture and extend its lifetime, we sell maintenance kits with cleaners, protectors and applicators so that you can make sure your furniture is in tip-top shape before covering up for winter.
Of course, many of the top winter gardening tips are focused on protection. It’s important to use this time to clean and sharpen your tools before you put them away for winter. Use warm soapy water to get rid of any stubborn mud and grime, then treat wooden and metal details with oil to minimise rust. Store carefully and keep some burlap close at hand for cleaning up again when spring rolls around.
Turn up the Heat
Of course, there are plenty of ways to continue to enjoy your garden throughout the winter by adding a stylish gas or electric patio heater, and even an outdoor fireplace or firepit. Make it cosy and huddle up under a blanket with plenty of scatter cushions for good measure. And don’t forget to invest in some stylish storage options to protect your accessories.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our winter gardening tips for beginners! Our gardening experts love to share their knowledge on our blog, so don’t forget to come back next week for more gardening tips, advice and insights.