Christmas is just around the corner, and you’ve probably got a list as long as your arm of chores to do and preparations to get under way. However, as someone who enjoys their garden throughout the year, it’s important to take time to ensure your outside space is at its festive best as the season of goodwill rolls around once again. A smattering of frost on the lawn, a selection of tasteful outdoor Christmas lights, a cauldron of warming mulled wine and a gang of old friends are all the ingredients you need for a warm winter’s evening. Here, we’ve pulled together a few ideas to help you create your very own winter wonderland.
Lights, sparkle and glimmer are key aspects to making any space feel more festive and inviting, and your garden is no exception. You may choose delicate outdoor icicle lights, strung like a necklace between the wintry tree branches, over foliage archways or across doorframes. Or, perhaps you prefer the soft, flattering glow of candlelight? Simple Christmas lamps strategically placed amongst bedding plants, or rustic tin can lanterns displayed en masse encasing delicious scented tea-lights, all create a gorgeous ambiance.
Outdoor Christmas decorations
If you have children coming to visit or children of your own, adorning your outside space with Christmas garden decorations is essential! Creating a sense of promise and intrigue, having an outdoor Christmas reindeer or a jolly snowman take pride of place on your lawn will let everyone know the festive spirit truly has arrived. Even a simple wreath on the door can make a big difference, heralding that this is the time and the place for celebration.
If you want to truly take pleasure in your garden at this time of year, it’s worth investing in a few essential accessories. Quality blankets and rugs to be thrown around guests’ shoulders, waterproof cushions to protect bottoms from cold seating and a flask of hot chocolate will all go some way to warding off the chill.
It may be that you’re lucky enough to already have a garden packed with evergreen, seasonal shrubs and bushes, like holly, ivy and pine trees. However, if you’re not so blessed, there is always the option of placing a few large containers around the garden. Small bay trees placed either side of a front door, look very festive covered in white fairy lights. To avoid the empty, bare look of winter soil, fill your bedding areas with robust, frost-resistant plants.
From garden igloos and cosy yurts and teepees to elegant canopies, choosing designated garden shelter is a great way to continue the pleasure you take from the outdoors into the winter months. Your guests will adore getting all snuggled up, relishing the fresh air on their pink cheeks as they sip a winter warmer.
Creating a stunning and memorable winter garden is easier than you think. A few great ideas and little bit of effort will make a pretty outdoor area that will soon become a firm Christmas tradition for you and your family.
Monday, 7th December 2015