1 Not everything is about you!
It’s vital you provide flowers throughout the year. Bees are most active from March to September, but overwintering queens and workers may emerge on warm days in winter, too. It’s also a good idea to have at least two nectar- or pollen-rich plants in flower at any one time during this period. The nectar feeds the adult bee, while the pollen is collected to feed the young. You can never have too many!
Grow winter flowers such as Clematis cirrhosa, crocus, hellebores, mahonia, sarcococca, snowdrops, winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis), winter heathers (Erica carnea) and winter honeysuckle (Lonicera x purpusii).
2 Planting schemes with size variation
If you have a small garden area, it is best to rely on plant species that decorate the garden with their fruits, foliage or unusual leaves not only in winter, but throughout the year. A good example of this is the firethorn, which has constantly red fruits and imposing white flowers. For larger gardens it is worth distributing winter-flowering plants in different groups. In this way, you hide drab, snowy garden paths and draw attention to attractive trees. Ornamental grasses look amazing on a cold winter morning !
Tip: Garden benches, pergola, sculptures and small bridges create a perfect frame for a “winter garden picture”
3 Highlight the best
Many plants look great even in winter. For trees, it is usually an interesting shade of needles or fruits. Perennials like:
- ornamental grasses
- Sedum spectabile
are characterized by their beautiful dry stalks. Evergreens such as winter heath Spindle (Euonymus europaea) or Japanese yew beautify the garden with a variety of shades of green.
4 Smart Mixes do it All
little frost or snow emphasizes the shapes and tones of winter on the right species – best if you combine different varieties that complement each other perfectly! Cotoneaster and Firethorn are particularly appealing in the vicinity of yew trees or vines. Be brave and rely on contrasts of shapes and colours! Plant heath spindle and Bergenia next to each other – with such simple means you can enhance your garden even in winter!
5 Impressive Structures
As soon as trees lose their leaves for the winter, they show a different picture – namely the now clearly visible arrangement of the branches, shoots and twigs. For this reason, columnar and spherical tree species in conjunction with a little hoarfrost are very nice to look at.
6 Colourful Planters
Winter on the patio or deck can also be colourful. You can reach this with dwarf conifers, spindle shrubs, dwarf shrubs such as heathers or Japanese pachysandra. Thanks to their variety of colours they will brighten up the mood in your garden. But do not forget to protect potted plants from frost with winter fleece (be eco-friendly, use hessian fabric)
7 Light in the garden
A well thought of illumination can create an picture worth watching any night, whether it highlights frozen twigs or a modern fence, light at night can bring life to your garden even in the coldes and darkest night of winter.
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