Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger, Joseph Hill. From Christmas ideas to those that celebrate nature, Joseph provides great inspiration on how to turn your own backyard into a winter paradise, using easy DIY methods. Enjoy!
As winter approaches your garden it’s important to make the most of the festive season. Some may long for the summer colour just around the corner, however with an injection of colour and creativity you can easily make winter the most magical season of all.
Use what you already have:
First of all, it is important to use what you already have in your garden and draw attention to it. A large tree can easily be turned into the centerpiece of your garden with a few Christmas lights and the same applies for any major features in your garden. One interesting idea could be to turn your shed into a nativity scene.
Step 1: The Fencing
By using your shed as the Inn, create a stable like structure using typical border fencing that you can find at any garden centre or DIY store.
Step 2: The Roof
Use an old table to act as the roof and place it over the fencing as shown in the diagram.
Step 3: Lighting
By using outdoor Christmas lights as lighting, wrap them around the legs of the table.
Step 4: The Nativity
Now the Inn and stable have been created, add the finished touches by adding your Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. But don’t forget about the animals, 3 wise men and Sheppard’s!
As the snow falls onto your garden it can look a little bland and lack some real vibrant colours. Try to think of the white sheet of snow as a blank canvas in which you can create a work of art. There are a variety of winter flowers which open in frost and snow whilst the rest of the garden is fast asleep. The most elegant and vibrant of these flowers are:
- Hellebores (Helleborus niger and Helleborus x hybridus)
- Algerian iris (Iris unguicularis)
- Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
A Christmas isn’t complete without the addition of red from a Christmas reef or holly berries. Unfortunately not many people have the patience or the space to grow a holly tree in their garden as they can reach almost 20 meters high so usually artificial holly is used. An alternative could be to grow Cotoneaster horizontalis or Pyracantha against a wall or fence whilst pruning them to create the desired festive shape. One example could be to buy some trellis panels from a garden centre and attach them around your door in an archway, then grow the berries on either side of the door until you are left with an arch of red berries.
The RSPB now advises all home owners to look after the wildlife in your garden through the winter. With temperatures reaching below freezing and snow covering almost everything, it can be increasingly hard for birds to find sources of food. By simply hanging a bird feeder or a bird box from one of your trees it can provide much needed food and shelter whilst also bringing life to your garden.
Disclosure: This is a Type A post, written by Joseph Hill, documenting research into how to turn your shed into a nativity scene on behalf of Tiger Sheds, a well-known distributer of garden features and equipment.