When winter comes everything in the garden tends to become pared back and a little bare. Without the sun shining and the flowers blooming, Melbourne backyards tend to look a little depressing between June and September so this week, we through we’d look at a few simple ways you can brighten things up.
Look beyond flowers
Whilst there are some flowers which bloom during the winter months, winter blooms don’t really compete with their spring counterparts and still demand a relatively high level of care. However, there are plenty of other ways to source natural colour in a winter garden and one way is to plant trees with colourful bark and stems. Our personal favourite is the brilliantly coloured ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Cornus sanguinea) which has vibrant orange stems which taper off into a cheery cherry red at the tip.
Consider exposed aggregate concrete
Colourful hardscaping adds both colour and texture to your yard, requires very little maintenance, and looks good all year round. Exposed aggregate is incredibly durable and comes in a limitless array of colours and aggregate sizes. Coloured concrete can be used to create a different kind of statement by creating a long stretch of unbroken colour that draws all the landscaping elements together.
Get smart about lighting and ornamentation
If you’re looking for instant colour, get creative about things like lighting with fairy lights strung through the tree branches or stained glass lanterns that send out colourful light. If you’re feeling a little creative, why not try experimenting with a colourful garden décor project like bunting, statues, or a water feature.
Give it a lick of paint
Quick, cheap, and easily reversed if you change your mind is painting a garden feature such as a walls, gates, pots or furniture in a statement colour. You’d be surprised how a coat of paint against the weatherworn fence instantly lifts the appearance of your yard and makes even the bare trees look sculptural. If you’re in need of some colour inspiration, check out Pantone’s 2017 colour trend predictions.
Prestige Concrete specialise in installing decorative concrete solutions such as exposed aggregate in Melbourne. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0411 440 157.