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6 Clever Ideas to Create A Winter Garden Wonderland

16th December 2016
Winter Wonderland

If you’re anything like me I rarely venture into the garden in winter. It’s cold, things look stark and not a lot is going! 

However, according to Oeco Garden Rooms, the garden doesn’t have to be a no-go area in winter; in fact, with a little planning and creativity a winter garden wonderland that the whole family can enjoy is do-able.

So, with help from the company, here’s 6 great tips on how to created the perfect winter garden wonderland.

1. Garden Layout

Having the right garden layout from the get go is the most important thing, not only for the summer months when the flowers are in bloom but also the winter as the plants start to die off; this is where you will see the bare bones of the garden and if it is not laid out properly it can look gloomy and untidy.

Wall gardens, hedges and raised flower beds are all great ways of adding structure to the garden, providing designated areas for different activities and can be repurposed for different times of the year.

2. Adding seasonal colours to your garden

During the summer months flowers explode in an array of bright and colourful blooms, but that doesn’t mean that your winter garden can’t be extraordinarily beautiful too!

Adding seasonal colours such as red and white will make the garden more inviting and flowers such as Hellebores are a great choice.

These flowers, sometimes known as the Christmas rose are pastel pink and white in colour and produce big leaves that fill the space in the garden. They flower for a long time as well, generally lasting between late winter and early spring.

Another white flower to consider is Clematis Jingle Bells; these flowers have a bold white colour and typically flower from December to January. Clematis Jingle Bells will need some pruning to keep the size down as they can grow up to five metres high.

Fir trees are the quintessential winter wonderland accessory especially when it snows; they are evergreen and require very little maintenance, but be sure to choose a small species of fir tree as some can grow up to 80 feet tall.

For a festive touch in your garden, why not opt for a holly tree. Make sure that you get a male bush are these are the ones that produce those signature red berries.

For those who do not have the space for a Holly tree, Cotoneaster horizontalis or Pyracantha are a great choice for adding a pop of colour to the garden.

Winter Wonderland

3. The winter scent

While the inside of the house smells of cinnamon, spices and oranges to evoke the festive spirit, the garden is largely forgotten, but there are various ways of creating the sweet smell of winter in the garden with scented flowers.

Planting Witch Hazel is a great choice to add a wintery scent to the garden; its large yellow flowers release a delicious scent of liquorice into the air. Winter honeysuckle is also a good choice, producing a lemony-fresh scent.

For those who want an evergreen shrub that has little maintenance then Sarcococca is the perfect fit. Commonly known as the Christmas Box or Sweet Box, Sarcococca produces small white flowers with a lush, leathery foliage and best of all it exudes a fragrant honey scent during the winter.

4. Decorate your wonderland

Your winter garden wonderland wouldn’t be complete without some decoration. Fairy lights and lanterns are a great way of creating light in an outdoor space and can be hung on trees, draped over bushes or hung from outdoor structures like sheds, garden rooms and decking.

For those on a budget, there are plenty of things to do that won’t cost a lot of money including tying festive ribbons to tree branches, hanging wreaths around the garden and decorating trees with baubles and tinsel.

5. Build a Fire Pit

Many people give the garden a miss during the winter months because of the cold, but adding a heat source is easy and cheap and provides an outdoor space that can be used all year round.

Patio heaters and chimera’s are a great way of adding heat to the garden, and building your own fire pit is a cheap way for the whole family to gather around and enjoy.

6. Attract Robins to your garden

If there is one bird that evokes a winter wonderland, then it’s a robin redbreast. These majestic birds are strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role in many festive cards since the mid-19th century.

Robins will often come when other birds are around, so make sure that you put plenty of food out for all the birds.

Black sunflower seeds and seed balls are great for attracting various species of birds, but be sure to avoid dried lentils as only certain birds can eat them.

Robins are also fond of crushed nuts so placing some on a bird table is sure to get them knocking.

What are your top tips for creating a winter wonderland garden?



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35 comments

caregiver skills 11th August 2017 at 8:13 am

I love your ideas.

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LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 at 12:11 pm

Thank you! 🙂

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caregiver resources 4th August 2017 at 7:51 pm

Very clever indeed. Nice article.

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LaurettaCWright 4th August 2017 at 10:01 pm

Thanks very much!

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Georgina Chahed 21st June 2017 at 2:32 pm

Hi Lauretta,

Nice blog. Yes, I agree, people all too often forget about scent in the garden. I’m a London garden designer and try to include as many evergreen and structural plants as possible to see gardens through until winter. There are some dogwoods which have stunning red stems in winter. Its also good to select long flowering varieties of plants so people get more bang for their buck.
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LaurettaCWright 22nd June 2017 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Georgina – appreciate the input – and I’m sure you’re full of great advice for this sort of thing!

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independent living 9th March 2017 at 7:43 pm

Nice ideas ah! Is it ok if I copy your ideas and apply to my garden? I really love to have a snowy type of garden.

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LaurettaCWright 10th March 2017 at 1:14 pm

Go for it Troy!

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home and community care 7th March 2017 at 1:22 pm

Ive always wanted to see snow from my backyard garden. With these ideas that you’ve given here, I could possibly reach my dreams.

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LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 at 12:13 pm

Or get a fake snow machine! ha ha

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Mike 12th January 2017 at 11:41 am

Hello Lauretta, I must say you are an incredible writer. Gardening is my hobby; I always try to make my garden beautiful. Here I found very helpful tips to make my garden awesome and stunning. Please keep sharing such more tips. Thanks!

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LaurettaCWright 12th January 2017 at 8:24 pm

That’s really kind of you Mike – glad you are enjoying the tips! 🙂

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June 3rd January 2017 at 4:52 pm

Regarding the squirrel proof bird feeders — they definitely exist, haha. I’ve just written on article on that.

Nonetheless, awesome tips! I’m in the process of building a fire pit mself:D

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admin 3rd January 2017 at 5:27 pm

Excellent! I’ve always wanted a fire pit – think I need to add it to my wish-list!

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Newcastle Family Life 22nd December 2016 at 10:08 am

We have just moved and have three huge gardens in the new house and I love the idea of creating a fire pit in the back garden x

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LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 at 12:14 pm

I really like the fire pits too – I’ve seen some great value ones in B&M Stores!

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Grant R 21st December 2016 at 7:43 pm

Lovely ideas! My in-laws have a huge garden with a resident robin and it does look like a winter wonderland. The idea of the wintry scents is brilliant though. I’ll suggest it to them!

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LaurettaCWright 31st October 2017 at 11:53 am

Ah thanks Grant! I love robins – they are so friendly!

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Welsh Cakes and Wellies 19th December 2016 at 7:59 pm

My garden is pretty uninspiring in the winter, you have shared some lovely ideas here that I will take on board. We are lucky enough to have a robin that pops by regularly to say hello, which is always a lovely sight 🙂

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admin 22nd December 2016 at 8:01 am

Robins are lovely aren’t they? I’d love a resident robin!

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Evelina 19th December 2016 at 1:32 pm

What a lovely idea! I would love to have winter wonderland on my doorsteps.

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Fashion and Style Police 19th December 2016 at 12:38 am

I hate going into the garden in the winter too. Freezing cold.

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LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 at 12:12 pm

You need an outdoor patio heater! 🙂

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five little doves 18th December 2016 at 7:36 pm

We neglect our garden all year round, not just through the Winter. I’m going to try harder next year!!!

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admin 22nd December 2016 at 8:02 am

Best of luck!

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Zena's Suitcase 18th December 2016 at 2:31 pm

Our garden is so boring in the winter, but these sound like perfect ideas to bring a bit of life to it. I would love to see more robins visit
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admin 22nd December 2016 at 8:04 am

You and me both Zena! Love robins… x

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Mellissa Williams 17th December 2016 at 3:30 pm

I really wish I had a garden. My mother-in-law has a beautiful garden and has many birds there all year round. Some great ideas here, especially how to attract the robins
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admin 18th December 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanks Mellissa – I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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Jon 17th December 2016 at 11:37 am

Some lovely suggestions here! I like the idea about attracting some Robins to your garden!

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admin 18th December 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanks Jon 🙂

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Kara 17th December 2016 at 8:20 am

We have lots of bird feeders decorating our garden but the local squirrels keep destroying them

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admin 18th December 2016 at 10:04 am

That’s a shame. You might have to ask for a squirrel-proof bird feeder for Xmas – I’m sure they exist?!

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Cal at Family Makes 17th December 2016 at 12:14 am

This is lovely – it’s a really good idea to think about the garden in winter. Too many of us (including myself) just ignore or neglect it at this time of the year.

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admin 18th December 2016 at 10:04 am

You’re right – most of us just neglect it in winter but there are still things we can do…

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