Simple ways to decorate the garden for the winter holidays
The winter garden, wrapped in a white veil, softened by soft snow caps on the graphic crowns of the bushes, looks beautiful and attractive in itself. In it, evergreen cultures, dry inflorescences on the curtains of perennials and cereals, plants with bright bark unexpectedly turn out to be real stars in it, but on the eve of the holidays even the pastoral winter landscape seems too modest. At a time when houses are being transformed, filled with bright decor and cheerful colors, special lighting and mood, the garden is often forgotten. But you can also decorate it for the holiday, so that every visit to check the snow cover, shelters, stocks turns into a small holiday. And you can do this without much time and resources.
Why decorate the garden in winter
It’s worth decorating the garden for your favorite holidays, even if you do not plan to celebrate the New Year outside the city or gather for family gatherings surrounded by winter nature. The garden is not left unattended; you still have to visit the site.
Regular inspections and monitoring of plant conditions are a prerequisite for a successful wintering, as well as checking the stored crop and planting material, distribution and retention of snow. Yes, and about our lesser friends - birds, hedgehogs, other useful inhabitants of the garden, as well as about rodent enemies, we must not forget even in the midst of winter. So why not turn the routine into a bright, complex work in the cold - into a fun activity, brightened up with cute details and touching accessories?
Indeed, in the coldest time of the year, the garden lacks just such trifles: color, details, variety of shapes, interesting design moments. At this time of the year, the basic structure and the gaps in it are exposed, the garden often looks boring. And you can fix this in just a few minutes. Do not be afraid that as soon as the holidays pass, such a decor will not be appropriate: instead of Christmas and New Year decorations, choose a strategy for bright winter decoration - and such accessories will be appropriate in the garden until the spring transformation begins in it.
Simple guides in finding a way to decorate the garden in winter
To understand how to decorate the garden and where to place the festive winter accents, which corners are more suitable for experimenting with design, and which can be left as is, is very simple. There is no better method for this than a walk through the garden in which winter has already entered into its own rights. As soon as the first snow falls, inspect the site in the morning, when the sun has not yet melted ice and snow, when the garden sparkles in a frosty shine.
Just walk around your site and mark two types of “points”:
- Places in which winter beauty is fascinating, where it is quite beautiful and without any tricks. Beautiful crowns of evergreens, magnificent drawings of bare branches of shrubs, bright leaves of winter-green perennials, periwinkle or ivy, beautiful height transitions, an ice-pond with dry cereal jackets, a pastoral gazebo or objects of small architecture are typical examples of objects that are especially good in winter.
- Those zones and objects that seem empty, boring, inexpressive, on which the look does not even have anything to “catch on”.
The rest of the space does not need decoration. But the points of attraction and obvious voids need to be further decorated, using different methods for this.
The most advantageous views of the winter garden are slightly supplemented by seasonal or holiday “details” that will make the pastoral picture fascinatingly beautiful anyway.
Places that are boring and empty require a bit of effort - they need to be filled with large decor to change their perception.
You need to start decorating with boring places that require a lot of effort, and finish with small touches in winning places.
Handy and not only decor for the winter garden
You can decorate your garden with literally everything you have at hand. If you still have holiday decorations or you plan to throw away the old decor, following New Year's trends, do not rush to send accessories and decorations to a landfill: in the garden they may well gain a second life.
Christmas toys, garlands, pendants, Christmas wreaths - this, of course, is beautiful, but still oriented only for the holiday period, decor. But the decorations that you can leave in the garden for the whole winter are no less festive, but more organic, environmentally friendly and appropriate in the garden setting. And the choice is by no means limited: just look around, check utensils, supplies, look in a new way at familiar objects and things.
If the harvest turned out to be enviable, some of the varieties of apples are simply tasteless, not too beautiful or poorly stored - do not throw away fruits, vegetables and nuts collected with love in the fall, but simply give them a new life in the decor of your garden. Small sour apples, wild animals, clusters of mountain ash and viburnum, which turned out to be empty nuts, can be used to fill baskets, wickers, and containers that can be arranged in the garden.
Covered with hoarfrost and snow, such “collected” fruits perfectly emphasize the warm atmosphere and the fullness of your garden with life. You will have time to throw them out later, closer to spring. Cones, dry fruit and berries - a magnificent decor, one of the most spectacular in the winter garden. Moreover, you can collect cones for free in the forest on the way to the site. To give fruits and fruits a new winter beauty, they can be additionally moistened with water to form a glossy ice, silver crust.
An even simpler option is spruce branches, juniper branches or other conifers, dry thin twisted twigs left over after the autumn pruning. Of these, you can twist Christmas wreaths, tie them into peculiar bouquets and imitations of wintering potted plants, using for a variety of compositions.
Never throw away the flexible shoots of cropped annual or perennial vines: they are an excellent elegant base for a game with holiday wreaths. Even beautifully stacked woodpiles will decorate a winter garden no worse than a brilliant winter rain! For example, a modest bundle of brushwood, intercepted by a bright ribbon and seemingly accidentally left under a group of conifers, will create the feeling that people are often in this garden, it is filled with life and warmth.
It is enough to hang a sprig of spruce on a gate or a fence, decorating it with a bright bow - and the decoration is ready for the holidays. Also, as a pendant, spruce branches can be used to decorate the empty supports in winter, from which vines were removed.
Such decor can be laid out on furniture, platforms, stands, remaining to winter in the garden, stringed on strong threads, hang like garlands at least on a gate, at least on a fence, at least on a staircase or at a pergola. Just a couple of cones, as if accidentally forgotten on the step of the stairs and a handful of nuts on the table, will add the very highlight that the winter garden lacks so much.
But in order to reliably “keep” the decor, to protect it from the weather, it is better to use old baskets, empty tubs, pots made of winter-hardy materials or containers that have become unusable, which can easily be filled with flowers, dried flowers, fruit seeds, put winter bouquets in a simple format and fix them in the right place.
If you have an old broken chair, a damp-resistant stool, a table that can be taken out into the garden - place them in the garden in the most boring places, using as an additional decor and stands for winter still lifes.
Feeding troughs, birdhouses, winter houses - a great way to decorate the garden and give it a more attractive look in the cold season. Treats for birds, for example, can be hung like Christmas tree decorations on trees, rather than being poured into birdhouses.
But the most important thing in winter decor is the touches. Warm fabrics, even old cuts, scarves you don’t want to throw off mittens, cozy knitted sweaters, not to mention ribbons, twine, sisal - all these materials can be used to decorate the garden.
It is enough to wrap a spiral with a bright ribbon wrapped in coniferous from the winter sun, tie a bundle of brushwood with a warm scarf, put a pair of mittens on a woodpile or bench, as if by chance forgetting to spread a piece of warm fabric like a plaid - and the garden will sparkle with new comfort and new colors. It is not worth playing such "games" in the whole garden, but where you most often are - not far from home, on the terrace or in the recreation area, where you usually sit with a cup of tea, wrapped in a plaid.
At the mention of the highlight of the winter garden, the first to come to mind, of course, are bright festive garlands. The choice of models suitable for street decor is amazingly large, and it is not at all necessary that such garlands are expensive. But, in fact, you can play with light in different ways. Even the most modest candles placed on stumps, a bench or a table, even if they were wrapped to protect them from dampness, will fill the garden with a lively glow towards evening.
Especially charming are candles placed in pots, old utensils, tubs, lanterns and candle holders of a closed type, pendant lights that can be placed on trees and other objects when they create the effect of light islands. Additional lights or replacing the ceiling with colored ones for the winter will allow you to play with special effects. And everyone's favorite bonfires - both large and small - will brighten up any frosty day.
True, the use of open fire lighting to create a special festive atmosphere must be wisely, remembering the safety rules, and only when you yourself are in the garden.
If you want the lighting of the winter garden to turn into a magical spectacle, add additional decor to the lamps and groups of candles. Even simple objects from which the light will be beaten off, seem very successful design tricks.