JUST because it’s cold doesn’t mean your garden needs to look drab and grey.
It may not be spring but there’s plenty you can do with your outdoor space to keep it looking lush all year round.
The expert suggested fencing with pretty climbing plantsCredit: Getty
Interior designer and garden expert Maryline Damour shared her top tips for making sure your garden looks ship shape in all seasons.
Speaking to House Beautiful she said: “Like many elements in my garden, I designed the fence structure around it to be both decorative and functional.
“I plant climbing vegetables and flowers close to the fence so it can be used to support them during the growing season.”
She also pointed out that if it snows the fencing creating something pretty to look at when everything else is covered over.
Next up Maryline suggested your garden taps into multiple senses.
She said: “While you’ve probably got smell checked off in spring and summer, think about sound in the colder months: Pea gravel is a great design element that engages many senses in the garden.
“It changes colour when it rains; has a lovely crunch when you walk on it; and feels good while barefoot gardening (totally a thing…or should be!). Every few years, we add fresh bluestone pea gravel to keep it looking good.”
Finally the expert encouraged keep gardeners to get creative and decorate their outdoor space.
Maryline suggested lighting it up, just as you would indoors.
She said: “I have a combination of solar-powered lanterns and electricity in the garden. This allows me to spend quality time in the garden as the days get shorter.”
She added: “If you have raised beds, this is another opportunity to decorate the garden. We used wood for our boxes and made metal corner brackets (purely decorative) that I left out in the rain to rust for a rough finish. Nature’s texturizing!”
Maryline suggested lighting your garden as you would the inside of your houseCredit: Getty – Contributor
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