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Gardens in the winter

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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The winter is approaching fast and the world of nature around us and in our garden has changed noticeably. In this article, find out what you can do to get your garden through the winter and how to make the most of your green spaces even in late autumn and winter. In addition, we show you green interior design ideas for indoors, so you can enjoy the positive effects of plants in the dead of winter. 

Generally speaking, there are some things you should already be considering now when gardening. Preserve potted plants by wrapping them in thick fleece, and move citrus plants into the house. The last leaves should be cut back on the shrubs.

An new kind of igloo

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Greenbop
Greenbop

Garden Igloo

Greenbop

It is not only our plants that want to be protected against adverse winter weather conditions, we ourselves would like to enjoy our gardens without freezing. This is a problem solved by the Garden Igloo, whose transparent dome  creates a year-round comfortable and versatile outdoor living environment. An additional advantage: this structure can be used as a small greenhouse or garden shed. The geodesic dome is very robust and able to keep strong winds and even thick layers of snow at bay. The structure can be build quickly and easily, and since it does not require a solid foundation, it can be moved around to different garden locations depending on the season and task.

Fighting the dark

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by oggi-beton
oggi-beton

Leuchte cheese

oggi-beton

One unpleasant effect of autumn is, unfortunately, that it is always dark earlier. Beautiful and efficient garden lighting is recommended so that you can still enjoy the view of your home garden even in the dark evening. This particularly imaginative lighting solution is called the Cheeseburger. It took its name from the holes in its side, which are reminiscent of cheese. Since it is made of concrete, it is very weather resistant and will not be easily blown over by the autumn wind.

Animal homes

 Garden  by Olaf Riedel
Olaf Riedel

Vogelhausbirdhouse DIN A4

Olaf Riedel

It is not only ourselves and our plants that need to prepare for the cooler months: the animal inhabitants and visitors of our garden also want to get through the winter. Luckily, we can help them stay warm and cosy. Look out for hedgehogs, who like searching for protection in piles of racked autumn leaves. We can help birds by setting up a bird house. This one is from Olaf Riedel and consists of a folded aluminium sheet in a simple, elegant design. It can be hung or mounted on a wall or a tree. The minimalist works well in a modern garden and against the bare, minimalist look that nature adopts in winter. 

Sometimes it is simply too cold to want to spend much time in the garden. But that is no reason to abandon plants! Plants inside the house offer many advantages. For example, they increase the humidity and have a positive effect on our health.

If you want to set up plants in something different from the normal terracotta pots, try these Sky Planters from New Zealand company Boskke. They can be filled with flowers and herbs and offer a completely new look to your interior design. The Sky Planter is so popular that it even won the 2011 Red Dot Design Award. It relies on an irrigation system called Slo-Flo which guarantees the hydration of a plant without further action for up to two weeks. Very convenient for winter holidays! 

Classic conservatory

 Conservatory by Gracja
Gracja

Wintergarten

Gracja

Another way to enjoy the benefits of a garden inside is the classic conservatory. The glass walls create a greenhouse effect, so that the space can be quickly warmed. This not only saves on heating costs, but also offers even the ideal room climate for wintering tropical plants. Where better to sit on a cool winter evening? 

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