Make Your Garden Into A Winter Wonderland
Christmas is coming! So, what better way to celebrate than to make an idyllic winter wonderland in your garden?
Imagine gathering all the family around a warm winter fire in the back garden as you present them with a spectacular showpiece full of unique flowers and foliage, lights and inviting centrepieces. (Granny would be bowled over in an instant)
If you are ready to put your garden gloves on but you’re unsure what to do and how to do it, don’t worry… because we’ve come up with some spectacular ideas for you. All you have to do is arrange it!
Planting Winter Flowers
The best way to get an array of beautiful colours in your garden is by planting festive flowers and foliage in various focal points.
There are a range of winter plants which are best suited for this, including; poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, rosemary and holly – so include all (or a variety) of these for a great ‘red and white’ wintery effect.
You could even include a little mistletoe in a hanging basket to encourage Christmas kisses!
Additional Flower Facts:
Poinsettias are cheery plants that are widely grown indoors over Christmas for their brightly coloured bracts. They are often disposed of once they start to fade, but with a little care, you can keep them all year and the bracts will colour up again the following year.
Amaryllis / Hippeastrum
Hippeastrum bulbs are popular gifts at Christmas. They are often commonly, but incorrectly, known as amaryllis. By following a few easy tips, these showy, beautiful flowers will bloom year after year for you.
Schlumbergera truncata and buckleyi are the two species of epiphytic cacti that are both commonly known as Christmas cactus. So called because they flower from late November to late January, they give a wonderful Christmas display or are an ideal Christmas gift.
A sun-loving perennial whose scent evokes the Mediterranean, rosemary has needle-like leaves that can be picked all year round. Fresh or dried leaves can be used to flavour meat, soups and many other dishes, while sprigs steeped in olive oil give it a distinctive flavour. Tea made by infusing chopped leaves in boiling water helps digestion.
Most hollies have some leaves infested with leaf miner. The damage can be unsightly but has little impact on the plant’s growth or vigour.
Display Outdoor Decorations
When it comes to outdoor decoration, the sky really is the limit!
With early nights setting in and bitterly cold conditions arriving, there’s nothing more heart-warming than seeing a beautifully lit up house to get everyone in the festive spirit.
From rope lighting and large figures to path lights and fun silhouettes, you could literally turn your home in to a welcoming and inviting grotto.
Check out the range from Christmas Decorations Outlet for a little inspiration.
Turn Your Greenhouse Into A Grotto
If you grow vegetables in a greenhouse during the summer or you have a ‘usually un-used’ shed, then now is the time to grab your brush and get cleaning!
Imagine the look on your children’s faces if they woke up and realised that your shed/greenhouse has been decked out with bows, lights, ornaments and decorative foliage.
What’s more, you could get a family friend to dress as Santa and surprise them even further.
Christmas really is a magical time for all the family!