February can be a tricky month and not just for the garden. As January resolves start to dwindle, it can feel like there’s still a long, grey stretch ahead until Spring.
But don’t despair, there’s plenty of light and colour to be found in winter! Just take a look at my montage above, all gardens I photographed between November and February.
There is so much you can do with a garden to add colour and interest through the dark, dank months, so don’t abandon it just because it’s looking a bit bleak. Winter doesn’t have to mean simply putting the garden to bed, clearing and preparing for hibernation. There are lots of possibilities so you can enjoy it all year round.
And February is the perfect time for planning. To regroup, assess and think ahead. Use the next few weeks to work out how you’d like your garden to look next winter. Who uses the garden and how? What would you like in your garden, do you want to maximise or minimalise certain features, do you dream of a garden that lifts your mood every time you look outside?
I love a winter challenge, creating gardens full of colour and interest from January to December, incorporating contrasting hard and soft landscaping, from the dramatic structure of topiary to soft flowing movement of grasses and seed heads. Introducing beautiful winter berries and flowers that will encourage birds and wildlife to visit as well as stimulating the senses with texture, smell and colour.
So, whilst we’re in the clutches of winter don’t be demoralised by your garden view. There’s so much beauty in nature all year round so why not let your garden reflect that?
If you need a bit of inspiration, take a look at established winter gardens near you or get in touch and we can discuss ideas.
Just think … this time next year you could be looking at a garden alive with interest!
To get started email me Nicola.email@example.com or call 07821 623196.
“We all enjoyed your presentation enormously, I shall never look upon winter gardens in the same way again.” – Jill & Maurice (Ropley Horticultural Society) following a talk from Nicola Baldwin.