5 Ideas for a Winter Garden (+ Details of a Giveaway)

5 Ideas for a Winter Garden (+ Details of a Giveaway)

I’m a fan of the cooler months, I really am. I love that it’s okay to wear tights again, I love wearing baggy jumpers, and curling up on the sofa with a big blanket. Actually, I still do the last one in the height of summer, somehow chilling doesn’t feel right without a blanket, whatever the weather.

The one thing that does make me sad about the changing seasons, is how much less time we spend outdoors. There’s nothing quite like a bit of fresh air to blow the cobwebs out and make you feel good. With the work that needs to be done on our home, the garden is neglected at the best of times, but as we move from autumn, into winter, things only get worse. I feel a bit sorry for this forgotten part of our home.

That’s not to say that this is how it has to be. You only have to look at Pinterest to see that lots of people make great use of their garden spaces, throughout every month of the year, and this gives me lifestyle goals. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to sit out on a comfortable and cosy deck, on a frosty evening, with a huge fluffy throw wrapped all around you, as you feel the steam from your warm cup of cocoa (added Baileys optional) and the glow from an outdoor fireplace, warm your face. Sounds pretty blissful to me.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration to turn your winter wasteland of a garden, into a warm and inviting space, then look no further. A winter wonderland awaits.


Outdoor Fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace would make an amazing focal point for any winter garden, and in fact, they could be used all year round in many English gardens. As even summer evenings can have a chill that warrants an open fire!

Garden Lanterns

Isn’t light a marvellous thing? It has the power to turn even the blandest of things, into something quite extraordinary. I love the idea of having a winter wonderland garden dotted with collections of twinkling lanterns, there’s something quite magical about flames flickering amongst the darkness.

Accessorize With Cosy Soft Furnishings

Nothing says cosy better than billowing fluffy throws and plumped cushions!

Embrace all Things Hygge

Hygge is one of the most popular things to have come out of Denmark right now and is all about making and taking pleasures in the little things. From lighting candles, to gathering round a fireside with your loved ones, or enjoying the smells of charcoal burning, intermixed with the scent of winter flowers, it’s about seeking enjoyment from the world around you.

Think about taking every opportunity to enjoy every aspect of your garden, bask in the winter sun, invite your friends to enjoy your garden with you, watch the birds dancing through the trees, and do it all with a sense of calmness in your heart and a smile upon your face.

Create an Oasis for Winter Wildlife

It may be true that winter gardens have less in the way vibrant of plant life, but that’s not to say that life can’t be brought into the garden in other ways. Winter is the perfect time to attract wildlife into your garden, because this is the time that the countryside is naturally less plentiful. Frogs and toads may like to hide around plant pots, or you can attract birds to feed on bird tables, or feed hedgehogs throughout autumn with sultanas and nuts hedgehogs. Though, if you have a dog, I wouldn’t recommend you try to attract hedgehogs, as they’ll happily hunt them down, spikes or no spikes.

If you are looking for ways to cheer up your winter garden, then why not enter Rattan Direct’s Garden Wildlife competition to win a garden table and chairs set, worth over £400. Entries open until 30/11/2016.

For full details, click here.

*This is a collaborative post, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.



  1. October 26, 2016 / 8:29 am

    I LOVE the idea of making the most of the garden in Autumn and now I really want an outdoor fireplace! 🙂
    Some great ideas here! Philippa x

  2. October 27, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Some very good ideas here! 🙂 I love being outdoors in all weathers, and actually prefer autumn and winter, but it’s true that we spend less time in the garden… it just looks a little sad and bleak! So I love your fire pit and lantern idea… very cosy, and no reason to not pull up a chair outside then with a cup of tea and a blanket! 🙂

    Flora x

  3. booandmaddie
    October 29, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I’m totally with you, I feel the cold so extremely that I rarely step outside into the garden unless I have to but it would be fab to be able to make the most of it instead. An outdoor fireplace would be amazing X #HomeEtc

  4. October 31, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    It has actually been fairly mild so far so YES to this 🙂 Great ideas. Thanks for sharing & linking up! Jess xx


  5. November 1, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I don’t like the cold at all — but I LOVE treating the garden as another room! Yay to fairy lights and lanterns and blankets round your shoulders and legs!!!! 🙂 #HomeEtc

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