The evenings might be darker and the days shorter, but you can still make the most of your garden in the winter. With some mindful landscaping, your outdoor space can become a haven in the colder months, bringing you the joy of nature to brighten chilly days. From maintaining your composite fencing to planting an array of winter flowers, we’ve put together our top tips for adding structure, colour, and life when the seasons change. Know Your Winter-Weather Plants There’s no reason that your garden has to become a plant graveyard when the weather takes a turn! In fact, if you do your research, you’ll find an abundance of winter flowering plants you can add to your space that’ll flourish in the colder weather and bring some much-needed colour to your garden. Delicate snowdrops, a blazing border of Midnight Fire Dogwoods, and graceful Hellebores are all wonderful choices for winter flowers, as are Crocuses and Winter Irises. To give the effect of a garden in bloom during the chillier months, plant your winter flowers and border plants in abundance and cluster them together for areas of bright colour. If you’re concerned about not having space to plant your spring flowers, don’t panic! Plenty of winter flowers for pots will also bring some temporary life on chilly days. Provide a Lively Backdrop With Evergreens Of course, no winter garden design is complete without evergreens. The ultimate winter garden plants, evergreens maintain their vibrancy throughout the year for an outdoor space that’s easy to maintain. They’re also usually sturdy and dense, making them ideal for adding structure to your garden. If you want to create a structural backdrop, focus on repeating a few species of evergreen and winter-blooming plants. You can also add vertical interest with high-reaching evergreens like Laurels or opt for a winter berry plant like the Cotoneaster for a burst of bright reds, yellows, and oranges on dull days. Create Sheltered Zones Sheltered zones add visual structure to your space and create a more practical winter garden. For example, adding composite fencing around a dining spot can help keep winter winds at bay for your morning coffee. Pergolas can provide some shelter from adverse weather, and there are plenty of temporary solutions, too, like large standing umbrellas accompanied by outdoor heaters for cosy al fresco dining all year long. Keep up Garden Maintenance Tasks Winter garden design relies on maintenance to look its best. From trimming winter bedding plants to giving any timber a fresh coat of stain or oil to protect it from the cold and rainy weather, there’s plenty to do even though it’s not summer! Keep up your gardening for an outdoor space that always looks its best. Consider composite fencing for low-maintenance winter gardens with structure, colour, and thoughtful design. At North Valley Composites, we supply composite fence boards in various colours, including Golden Oak, Black Ash, and Driftwood, ensuring your structure suits your style. For help finding the perfect fit, feel free to reach out to a team member on 01282 677 300, and we’ll be more than happy to lend a hand!