By now most of us that celebrate Christmas will have decked out our ‘indoors’ with the festive stuff, but more and more of us are not stopping at the front door. Look outside and you’ll see what we mean!
Christmas means bringing a bit of cheer to every part of your home, including the garden. This blog will guide you through simple and creative ways to add a festive touch to your outdoor space and make your garden sparkle – it’s NOT too late! These ideas are easy to implement and sure to bring joy to you and yours, and even your neighbours too.
Lighting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create a festive atmosphere. Way back in 2017, Internationally renowned designer Paul Hervey-Brookes suggested hanging subtle strings of white lights in box balls or in jars on porches for a wintry glow in an article in The English Garden. A timeless addition that’s now even more environmentally friendly! LED fairy lights are a great choice for their efficiency and durability in winter conditions. Wrap them around tree trunks or along fences for a magical effect. There are so many to choose from. Whether you’d prefer Mains Operated, Battery Operated, or Solar Powered (location dependent) ChristmasTimeUK have got you covered. Even better they’re located in Lincoln; if buying local’s your thing.
If you prefer a more traditional touch, lanterns with LED candles can line pathways or dot around your patio. Remember, the goal is to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, so avoid going overboard with the lights, unless of course, you have small children! If that’s you, take a look at the Fantastic Gardeners blog; they’ve got some fabulous family friendly ideas.
Christmas Plants and Decorations
We love winter-interest shrubs including Winter Box and Honeysuckle for their scent; placed near any outdoor eating area, or the entrance to your home, these smell amazing. Potted poinsettias and holly bushes with red berries are a great addition guaranteed to brighten up any garden corners.
Fill hanging baskets with spruce, pine cones and baubles, before decorating with lights. Hang them at your door to give your guests a great welcome.
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Creating a Cosy Space
Creating a cosy outdoor space is ideal for enjoying winter evenings. If you have a fire pit or outdoor heater, set up a seating area with blankets and cushions for a warm drink on a chilly evening. Outdoor lighting, like fairy lights and lanterns, can add to the cosy atmosphere.
A waterproof gazebo or a sheltered area can also provide a comfortable spot to enjoy the garden, regardless of the weather. If you need any inspiration, check out our Services page. In case you missed it, we discuss more about Garden Structures in our ‘Winter Wonderland’ blog.
Your garden can be a haven for wildlife during winter. Decorating a tree with bird feeder baubles made from halved oranges filled with fat and seeds, provide a festive treat for birds, so not only will you bring interest into an otherwise dull display, you’ll be helping the local wildlife too.
Hang heart and star-shaped wreaths of seeded fat balls from garden branches. Again, not only will these decorations look seasonally pretty, but they also help birds maintain their fat reserves during winter.
For more ideas of attracting wildlife into your garden, visit our ‘Wildlife Wonders’ blog.
Whilst it’s important to remove leaves from lawned areas, leaving parts of your garden ‘wild’ with leaf piles and logs can offer shelter for small mammals and insects. If you’re really lucky, you might even see the odd hedgehog heading your way.
Transforming your Lincolnshire garden into a festive haven is simple with these ideas. From twinkling lights to wildlife-friendly decorations, your garden can become a Christmas spectacle. Embrace the festive season and let your garden be a part of your celebrations. It’s a wonderful way to spread cheer and make the most of your outdoor space, even in winter.
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How can I create a festive atmosphere in my garden with lighting?
To create a festive atmosphere, use LED fairy lights for their efficiency and durability in winter conditions. Wrap them around tree trunks or along fences. For a traditional touch, line pathways or patios with lanterns containing LED candles.
What are some good Christmas plants and decorations for the garden?
Winter-interest shrubs like Winter Box and Honeysuckle are great for their scent, especially near outdoor eating areas or entrances. Potted poinsettias and holly bushes with red berries can brighten up garden corners. For decorations, fill hanging baskets with spruce, pine cones, and baubles, and add lights for a welcoming touch at your door.
How can I make my garden wildlife-friendly this Christmas?
Decorate a tree with bird feeder baubles made from halved oranges filled with fat and seeds. Hang heart and star-shaped wreaths of seeded fat balls from garden branches. These decorations not only look pretty but also help birds maintain their fat reserves during winter. Leave parts of your garden ‘wild’ with leaf piles and logs to offer shelter for small mammals and insects.