Which Plants Grow In Winter?

During the bitterly cold winter months, it can be hard to keep on top of your garden maintenance, especially as the vast majority of plants/flowers cannot withstand such conditions. For those looking to bring a bit of life back to their garden during this time, here are some of our picks for the best plants to grow in winter:

lily of the valley

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Lily of The Valley

With its gentle, elegant appearance, the lily of the valley is actually quite deceiving. They are much more durable than they look, allowing them to withstand some rough cold conditions. They can survive even when planted in areas that have a restricted amount of sunlight, in addition to this, they have a poisonous nature that makes them resistant to attacks from deer and other animals.

winterberries

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Winterberries

Winterberries are one of the plants that are most commonly associated with the winter, not just because of their name. They are in fact regularly used for winter decor, a soothing red in colour, winterberries add an amazing touch of colour to your garden.

They can be planted in the autumn in order to prosper over the winter months. Please keep in mind that they must be kept in a patch of the garden that has a lot of sun, they also like to be kept in moist soil.

primrose flowers

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Primrose

The shallow roots of the primrose allow them to retain their moisture throughout the winter. Ideally, the primrose should be kept in light shade and is perfect for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their garden.

One of the main threats to primrose plants are snails and slugs, however, they can easily be kept at bay through the use of non-toxic slug bait.

pansies

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Pansies

The vibrant flowers, pansies, can survive at low temperatures, although we do advise covering them in mulch or pine straw in order to protect them from a build-up of frost. If you are looking for your pansies to flower at the start of spring, there is no harm in planting them towards the end of winter.

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

Snowdrops

Snowdrops actually thrive off the winter period and are typically the first bulbs of the year to flower. This delicate-looking flower comes in a variety of ranges including single and double-flowered versions.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Coneflower (Echinacea)

Do keep in mind that the coneflower will naturally lose its vibrant purple colour as the temperatures drop over the winter. However, they will come back stronger than ever in the spring when cared for properly over the winter. This sunlight-loving plant will thrive when planted in areas that have full access to sunlight, so do ensure to trim any dead stems/leaves too.

Additional Winter-Flowering Plants

  • Catmint
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Winter jasmine
  • Blue Spruce
  • Quince

Contact Our Landscaping Specialists

If you would like to learn more about the best plants to grow during the winter, feel free to contact our friendly team today on 01933 652 786.

What to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Your garden should be just as important as every other room in your home. In summer, it can be a sanctuary where you can enjoy the sun and during the winter, you can appreciate its beauty changing from indoors. However, gardens don’t look beautiful on their own and require time and dedication to get them there.

Designing a garden is different from a room in the house and can be quite daunting if you don’t know where to start. Here is a guide to six things you should consider when designing your garden.

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What Should I Be Planting in March?

March is considered to be the start of spring, with the days slowly lengthening and the sun feeling a little warmer. These extra hours of sunlight and warmth mean that you can spend a bit more time preparing your garden for summer.

Planting flowers, vegetables and shrubbery at the correct time of year is crucial for their growth. Planting your summer bulbs in spring allows for them to rest in warmer soil. However, many summer bulbs are susceptible to rotting so it’s important to place them in an area of your garden that has free-draining soil.

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Slopes and Ladders

“Gardens with different levels are always more interesting than flat ones”, I reminded myself, staring down at a new garden that would be more suitable as a ski slope than a British garden. But mostly we don’t have any option other than making the best of what we have, and what we have seems to be coming along in more unusual packages as housing gets crowbarred into more marginal areas of land.

Slopes! How do you deal with them? Well, the steeper they are the more you have to concentrate your resources regardless of whether they slope away or towards the house. Decide where the main sitting area is going to be, for entertaining, catching the evening sun, kids play area, BBQ, whatever you use it for, try to create as large a single level space as you can. A single garden divided into 5 narrow terraces, for instance, is actually 5 small gardens because you can’t use them all at the same time. Building retaining walls or raised decks can be expensive if your not careful but so is wasting half the ground your sitting on if you can’t get more than a couple of steps out of the back door.

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Time to Take Stock

About this time of year is ideal for stepping back and taking stock of your garden. Most of the leaves are off the trees and shrubs and the bare bones of the garden are revealed, with the summer not too far behind you can also now review just how the area outside your door works for you.

Gardens have to fulfil a lot of different functions and they should work hard for their keep and pay back your investment of time, money and effort. With the garden making up at least half, often more, of the property you own you need to be making the most of what you have. And there are plenty of questions you can ask yourself.

Have you got enough privacy or is that tree just blocking out the sun rather than a neighbours overlooking window? Is there enough room outside of the patio doors to entertain, relax and still use for everyday use? If you want a patio table and chairs for 6 people you will need a minimum of 3 metres depth or it will feel cramped with guests pushing their chairs back onto the lawn or into shrubs and plants. Is there enough lawn for play space? If there is, can the shape be altered to a more interesting one to create semi hidden seating areas or focal points? Did the garden work for you over the summer? If it didn’t what was missing or even how would you like to use it ?

If you would love more colour and interest you can have that without necessarily having a work intensive herbaceous border. Like most other things you only get out of a garden what you put in, but that doesn’t mean you have to be out there every weekend slaving away.

A garden should make you want to go out in it and enjoy what has been created. Things can look very drab this time of year but it also makes it easier to see where you may have gone wrong. And if it is looking drab consider hardy cyclamen, Mahonia Japonica types are starting to come into flower, Viburnam Bodnantense will soon or even is starting to show flower buds. Hellebores in many varieties should be put in the ground or pots to flower in the grey days of January and February.

Conifers In The Garden

The first week in October was National conifer week and has just been celebrated in garden centres and nurseries across the country. Conifers had fallen out of fashion in the last few years and many people have come to dislike the ubiquitous ‘leylandii’ hedge, mostly because they have been neglected and become too large. But there are more to conifers than this.

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Colourful Winter displays

Now that the obvious charms of the summer container displays are losing their vibrancy it’s time to give the long months of winter some thought. With some careful consideration, there’s no reason why you can’t have colour and interest in pots and hanging baskets even on the coldest days.

Hanging baskets used to be packed away until the spring but these days they have much to offer all year round. There isn’t that much room so what you pick will need to come from a smaller pot and punch above its weight in what it can give you.

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How to Get Your Garden Looking Great In Winter

As the winter months are fast approaching so many of us will be looking out onto our gardens in despair; how has it gone from a beautiful summer paradise filled with colour to a baron wasteland devoid of life in a matter of weeks? Here at Eden Landscapes, we’re expert garden designers in Milton Keynes and we know the secrets of keeping your garden looking great all year round.

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Garrya The Servant of The Garden

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Whilst many of our favourite plants shout for our attention throughout the year some sit quietly in our gardens for most of the year with an air of modesty. They block unsightly views, they fill corners, they provide an evergreen background to more colourful cousins, they can filter out the noise and all without demanding much in return… until their one subtle moment of glory.

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Hellebores – The Winter Wonders in the Well Designed Garden

In the dark days of January & February when the cold drives us indoors, you might think that there isn’t much of interest going on in the garden. But you would be wrong.

The winter garden can have a lot to offer if planned right, especially with the help of a garden designer. And it’s now that the first signs of the new gardening season start to emerge and catch the eye. One of the stars of this time of year has to be the Hellebores in all their different guises, in flower and foliage they have a lot going for them and with a careful selection you can have flower colour from mid-winter through to early spring.

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Planting Ideas: New Garden Design

To take the plunge and have a new garden designed for you is a big step. It has many advantages though, not least of which is your chance to be involved and incorporate some of your own ideas into the garden design process. The whole point of your newly constructed garden is that with more of the new features that you want incorporating into it you should feel not only eager to be out in it and get more use from it but be comfortable in your new surroundings. The planting within the garden can influence this to a large degree.

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