Enjoying your garden all year round is not that difficult to do, and with medical experts advising us to prioritise ventilation due to the recent pandemic, you may be looking to utilise your garden space right throughout the colder months. There are many small changes or additions you can make so that you can continue to enjoy your garden even when the weather closes in. Here, we offer a few simple ideas that can give you the perfect usable space all year round and they don’t need to cost a fortune.
Realistically, all you need is a little warmth, some light and somewhere to shelter from the harsher weather and you’ll be good to go.
Heat – the options
Outdoor heating can be more than a fire pit; there are so many types of gas and electric heaters with prices to suit all budgets.
Before you buy, it is a good to know where you plan to put your heat source, however:
Propane Floor standing heaters are great as they are easily moveable. Their tabletop options are useful when you have a lack of floor space or know you will be sat at or near to your table. Propane is also relatively inexpensive and easy to buy.
Gas heaters are generally a more permanent option and are more difficult to re-site as they are fixed to your gas line. Therefore, you need to be pretty certain you are happy with where you’re going to put it. These heaters are likely to offer the most heat though, so are effective in larger spaces or good if you want to move around or are entertaining a crowd.
Electric heaters rely on a heating bulb and can be a good option for smaller spaces. They are, however, affected by any power supply interruptions, so may not be suitable if you are plagued by power cuts. Electric heaters can be freestanding or wall mounted. However, you will need access to a power socket and be mindful of cables.
Or you could opt for a traditional fire pit – wood fires are lovely to look at as well as providing a good source of heat. Some are quite heavy to move, however, so you’ll need to consider placement before you put it in. If it’s going on a patio, it may be best to put down a stone to protect the paving underneath.
There are many options for a shelter from a simple large umbrella, or pergola and sail sheet right through to a fancy summer/ winter house. You could even use your greenhouse as somewhere to sit and maybe eat out in the colder wetter months of winter. One idea that is popular, however, is a fixed awning that can be pulled over when needed and hidden away when not in use. Whatever you choose, there is no need to give up using your garden just because the season changes.
Creating a hardstanding area, such as a patio or terrace is always a great idea; grass can make for a messy time in winter. Lazy Susan has a range of stunning metal garden furniture that is ideal for winter use and looks great on decking or patio. For a completely Hygge experience, cosy up with the addition of a warming outdoor blanket or hot water bottle. This will create an atmosphere that’s great for stargazing on a clear evening, or to wake you up fresh in the morning while you sit with your morning coffee.
Lighting should look to be functional as well as pretty in the winter, you want to access the delights of outside even when it is dark, so it needs to provide enough light for you to see where you are going safely. If you find it too bright, there are options that allow you to dim it down. Lighting at various heights and brightness are a good idea. Simple solar lighting is often enough to gently light the way and can simply require daylight so it works effectively all year round, or with a more permanent electric or battery powered option, you can create some stunning feature lighting effects as part of your garden.
There’s really no need to give your garden the cold shoulder this winter. Why not use the tips above to make getting outdoors this winter a truly enjoyable experience?