Let’s face it. Having a garden or backyard has to be one of the most rewarding things in life. Especially in this day and age, when it seems like the gigantic urban sprawls are simply taking over everything. At the same time, however, owning a lush, green space can get a tad frustrating when the cold season begins to show its piercing temperatures.
That’s when you can start to say goodbye to sunning in the garden, growing flowers and vegetables, late night dinners with your friends, and barbecues. Or should you? Since we are right in the middle of the cold season, we have decided to put together a list of all the wonderful ways in which you can enjoy your garden and outdoor furniture. Yes, even when it’s snowing!
#1. Build an outdoor fireplace
It might seem like an impossible task at first. But building and outdoor fireplace or a fire pit is a lot simpler than you think. They generate copious amounts of heat that will keep you, your family and friends very toasty if you decide to have a dinner outside one evening. Or every evening. Why not?
However, if you’re not the handy type or if you’re just tired of the DIY trend already, you can relax. There are ready-made outdoor fireplaces you can buy that come ready to be used. Did we mention they come in different themes and shapes? Because they do. How does a fireplaces shaped like Darth Vader sound? Pretty cool! Just don’t let your outdoor furniture cross over to the dark side.
#2. Go for faux grass
We know what you’re thinking. In fact, it’s what most people imagine when they hear the words ‘artificial grass.’ They immediately picture that astro turf from the 70s made of cheap plastic that looked and felt as if you could get a rash just by standing too close to it.
But that’s not the case anymore. Just like with everything else, faux grass has come a very long way and has seen a huge amount of innovations over the years. Modern artificial grass is made of environmentally friendly materials. Plus, it looks so good that you can’t even tell it’s not the real deal.
If you do go for this idea, you can install a little golf set or a bocce ball court in your garden as well. Just for the fun of it!
#3. A hot tub to melt the stress away
Just imagine this scenario – a hot tub bubbling away in your garden while fresh snow covers the lawn. Outdoor furniture that glistens and luxury spa products for the ultimate relaxation time. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
If you have ever used a hot tub while on holiday at a resort or while at a spa, you will know just how essential it is to your well-being and relaxation. But many people still believe that you need a substantial investment to get a hot tub in your backyard.
That’s simply wrong. Nowadays you can just buy an inflatable one exactly like you buy inflatable pools in summertime. Set them up in your backyard and you’re good to go!
#4. Create a customized outdoor lounge
Sitting there with your friends and family and shivering on your cold outdoor furniture simply won’t do it. Instead, you can create a much more comfortable and cozy corner that will shield you from the cold while still allowing you to enjoy the wonderful scenery.
The perfect outdoor furniture for the season is the one made from wood such as larch, for example. This organic material will not get cold but act as a protective layer instead against the freezing temperature. You can pad the chairs with as many cushions as you want to get really cozy and snuggly.
Don’t forget to pack the outdoor furniture inside your summerhouse or garden log cabin to protect it against the elements, such as rain or snow!
#5. Beautify you garden with winter plants
Just because we have entered the cold season, that doesn’t mean that your garden has to be devoid of life. Worse yet, it doesn’t mean that it has to look like a barren wasteland where nothing ever grows.
The solution comes in the shape of natural branches, evergreens, and winter cabbages. You can combine them on your terrace or in beautiful pots to create stunning arrangements in earthy colors that will add some life to your winter garden. They are easy to grow and super resilient, as they were made to last through the harsh and cold environment of winter.
#6. Bring on the lights!
The cold season also means one major thing. That the days have gotten considerably shorter. Therefore, you need to arm yourself against the long nights that seem to start at five in the afternoon. Get out your Christmas lights and hang them all around your trees, outdoor furniture, and shrubbery.
Of course, you don’t have to create a Christmas arrangement but rather a simple display of lights that will breathe some life into your garden every time you go out there. Not just that, but the bright, cheery display can also fight depression and seasonal affective disorder or SAD that affects so many people.
#7. Attract wildlife to your garden
If you want and are a great lover of wildlife, you can hang birdfeeders or squirrel feeders in your backyard. You can also put out food for the deer if you have any in your area. This will be a fantastic opportunity for both sides.
Your garden will suddenly become colorful and full of life. But you will also be helping birds, squirrels, and deer to make it through a harsh winter.
Even though we tend to think of gardens as summertime places, perhaps it’s time to change that age-old stereotype. If you have a green corner with flowers, a vegetable patch, and outdoor furniture, make sure you use it all year long, thanks to all these wonderful ideas!