The changing climate of each season, from Spring’s lusciousness to Autumn’s colour, requires gardeners to adapt their garden spaces or else experience periods of discontent. Gardens designed with only the warmer season in mind, for example, those dedicated to floral arrangements and tidy flowerbeds, are unlikely to be enjoyed the same way when the seasonal bloom disappears.
There are, however, certain garden designs that not only stand the test of time but also look great during each season, allowing homeowners to enjoy their garden space, or at the very least a part of it, all year round.
Know Your Evergreens
The term evergreen is applied to plants that prosper all year, not those that are only green. This means that there are a range of colours that can be enjoyed in a garden, no matter what season it is. Choisya, Photinia, Eucalyptus, and even certain ivies, like the Midas Touch, are all great considerations for those wanting to add visual texture and vibrance to their garden spaces without needing to worry about the weather. Year-round colour isn’t limited to these however, and your local garden centre is likely to be able to recommend many more.
Whether a patio platform for garden dining or as a canvas for garden plants and features, decking is a wonderful way for gardens to look stylish year-round, without the concern for issues, such as mud, that the poor weather might bring. Decks can also be covered easily so as to protect their surfaces and allow outdoors spaces to be enjoyed even during the wind and rain.
One of the best ways to enjoy a garden throughout every season is to create an outbuilding space. These structures, from log cabins to summer houses, are immune to the seasonal elements and offer homeowners a cosy interior within which to relax, work, or create, whenever they please.
Firepits And Ovens
Whether you want to welcome friends for a summer barbeque or host a winter gathering around a fire, having a warming feature to a garden is a great way to cook and socialise. Pizza ovens, those made from adobe clay and fire bricks, are aesthetically impressive and can be used for far more than simply pizza, despite the name.
Incorporating stone into your garden landscape helps to ensure its integrity throughout the year. Gravel walkways, stone slabs, and terracotta pots are all unchanging whether rain or shine, and certainly more so than grass or soil alternatives. As such, for those who want to get the most out of their garden, it can be worthwhile considering stone landscapes and traditional aesthetics for their garden designs.
With birdhouses, bee hives, and hedgehog hotels, gardens can become havens for wildlife offering them a place to feed and stay. These features can be valuable to wildlife all year round, not only keeping a garden buzzing with activity but also an important and local ecological resource, which can be a rewarding endeavour for homeowners who want to support their environment.