I can’t say that I spend a lot of time outside in the winter. But just because I don’t use my garden as much, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look good. Even if we’re not sitting outside admiring it, it’s lovely to see the house all glowing. Having said that, I’m not the sort of person who wants to cover the whole house in Christmas lights. Here are some of my ideas for classy winter garden decoration, without an animatronic Santa in sight!
Lanterns by the Front Door
Although it’s fun to decorate the back garden, I also love doing something special around the front. It’s great to have an evening ritual when you go around and set things up, and lanterns are one of the best things to have. They look great by the front door, and you can put large candles in them to light every night. An alternative is to have solar lights that come on automatically when it gets dark. Then you get a nice welcome home every evening.
LED Lights in the Garden
I love our garden during the day, even if the weather is miserable. But during the winter I never get to see it in daylight during the week. I leave for work and come back in the dark. The next best thing is to look out and see some beautiful lights twinkling from the lawn and the plants. Those solar powered LEDs come in handy again because you can just leave them. They charge during the day and they turn on and off automatically, so I don’t need to do it. You can get subtle white or blue lights, or choose something more colourful.
Wintery Wooden Statues
Garden gnomes are not for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want any garden ornaments. Some of them look fantastic and they’re nowhere near as tacky as a gnome. You can get some beautiful wooden sculptures for winter. Find them as reindeer, Christmas trees and other shapes. It’s a great way to add some festive spirit to your garden, either at the front or back of your house. And, unless they’re overtly winter-themed, you can keep them for the rest of the year too.
Make Use of Garden Furniture
Garden furniture doesn’t get a lot of use in the winter. It’s too cold or too wet (or both) to sit outside, so it usually gets covered up. But you can turn your underused furniture into a feature so it doesn’t go to waste. You could cover a table in a string of LED lights or create a display with ornaments.