How to Create a Winter Garden by Hand and Stone


Winter gardens provide many opportunities for culinary enjoyment and luxurious relaxation. A winter herb garden provides fresh ingredients for creating hearty soups and stews while adding a hot tub or outdoor spa offers soothing warmth and blissful relaxation in your backyard.

Using winter ornaments and accessories, you can transform your garden into an enchanting and magical haven. Incorporate artwork or sculptures related to winter, as well as choose hardscaping materials explicitly designed for this season.

Focal Points

Focal points in gardens draw the eye and provide visual interest, drawing people’s attention from one park area to the next. A focal point can range from something as simple as a ceramic container hidden amongst garden foliage to complex installations such as stone fountains. Position these focal point items so they will be seen by guests entering or exiting, such as at intersections in pathways leading between different parts of your space – for instance, this garden in Seattle features both wooden chairs and ceramic containers on either side of an alluring gate that draws the eye from garden bed 1 to garden bed 2.

An eye-catching specimen plant can be an attractive focal point in any garden when planted where its presence will stand out, such as near lower-growing shrubs or trees with more subdued color palettes. Evergreen topiaries with vibrant green or frost-white foliage stand out against darker plants, such as shrubs and trees with more subdued hues; sheared evergreen topiaries, holly plants bearing red berries, or deciduous shrubs boasting colorful stems can all serve as winter garden focal points when located where their presence will make their presence most notable.

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Winter-Friendly Hardscaping

Hardscaping elements can help transform your garden into an elegant destination even during the harsh winter season. Select materials that can withstand freezing temperatures, such as slate or concrete, to construct long-lasting, eye-catching structures that add elegance to any landscape.

Evergreen shrubs are an effective way to bring color and texture to your winter landscape, such as hebes, viburnum, and evergreen holly. Additionally, coniferous trees such as fir, cedar, and cypress provide height and focal points in your garden. Depending on the climate where you reside, perennials that bloom or produce fruit all winter could include pansies, snowdrops, or dogwood trees.

Low-growing, cold-tolerant ground covers and evergreen plants are excellent ways to frame and soften pathways in your winter garden, creating an effortless connection between it and its surroundings. Also, incorporating water features is another superb way to add beauty and tranquility – just be sure to choose a fountain or birdbath designed to withstand freezing temperatures so it won’t crack or break during this season!

Installing a hot tub or outdoor spa provides the opportunity to take full advantage of your garden in winter while relaxing with family and friends. Be sure to clear any snow or ice from around it, including surrounding walkways, to prevent slips and falls; additionally, non-corrosive ice melt products may help preserve hardscape elements without damaging their surface.

Winter-Themed Artwork or Sculptures

Winter-themed artwork or sculptures can transform your garden into an artistic masterpiece. When selecting pieces, ensure they complement your garden’s overall design and aesthetics to add depth, beauty, and charm. Use lighting to accentuate artwork or sculptures in the dark for an eye-catching display – it will help make them pop! This will also help create a magical ambiance that makes your garden an escape from reality, even on the coldest winter nights!

Add texture and interest to your winter garden by including ornamental grasses as eye-catching accents that sway the wind, creating stunning focal points that capture visitors’ interest. When selecting varieties suitable for local climate conditions, they will thrive throughout their stay in winter conditions.

Planting winterberries in your garden is an effective way to add vibrant pops of color, attract birds, and provide food sources during the cold months. Holly bushes, winterberry shrubs, cotoneaster shrubs, or viburnum plants may help achieve this effect.

If your garden features a water feature, consider letting it freeze to create stunning ice formations and structures that add life and energy during wintertime – it will look as beautiful as during the warmer seasons!

Implement these simple tips and transform your garden into an inviting oasis that will delight you and your guests. Plus, these ideas won’t require much time or money to complete!

Winter Container Garden

Container gardens can make an appealing display throughout winter, particularly those featuring evergreen foliage and vibrant stems and berries. Look for pots that can withstand light frosts and freeze-thaw cycles; consider selecting plant material with striking lines, such as “Green Mountain” boxwood, which stands out against deep snowfall.

Choose nonliving materials that complement the color palette of the plants while providing textural contrast. In this design, a red granite wabi basin is the anchor, while moss, rose hips, and curly willow bring soft, bright hues. This arrangement includes dried fruit ornaments for added visual interest and winter theme relevance.

Watering containers is essential, but especially vital during winter. Monitor soil moisture monthly, applying an antidescant such as Wilt-Pruf to broad-leaved evergreens and branches of cut greens for protection from wind-drying winds.

Consider planting vegetables and herbs in your winter containers for a fresh, flavorful display yielding a harvest. Leaf lettuces, radicchio, arugula, and mustard greens thrive during cold months, while herbs like thyme and lavender can survive light frosts, making them an excellent addition. Peas, tomatoes, and peppers are less frost-tolerant, so these should be covered at night with bubble wrap before being brought indoors before their first frost arrives.

Winter Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fire feature can provide the perfect way to enjoy spring, summer, and autumn evenings without breaking a sweat – not only are they cozy spots for gathering friends and family during those chilly winter nights – but they’re also great focal points that extend your entertaining season well into fall and winter!

Fire pits offer low-maintenance solutions for homeowners seeking an outdoor feature with warmth and ambiance suitable for their landscape. You can choose between using wood or gas fuel and coming up with your design; wood-burning pits allow you to add seasonal charm by decorating them with light-catching ornaments and greenery to make them stand out even further from their surroundings.

Choose a fire table as an eye-catching conversation piece rather than an actual fireplace, which usually has smaller dimensions and can be decorated with chairs, pillows, or other elements to complete its look. Fire tables can be fuelled using wood or gas sources and are very user-friendly – ensure there is always an extinguisher nearby when using your fire feature responsibly!

If you’re interested in adding a fire pit or fireplace to your home, Hand & Stone’s team can answer and help you choose appropriate additions for your landscape.