Winter Landscape: 4 Ideas to Help Liven up Your Yard

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Many people love winter, while others hate it. Some people despise it simply because of the color it drains out of basically every aspect of your life, including your landscape. What was once full of vibrant color is now a palette of gray and white. If you're looking for a way to brighten up your landscape so that it can shine during the winter, here are a few ways you can add visual interest:

1. Add a Splash of Color.

Whether it is your front door, gate, fences, or all of them, you need to switch out the white for some vibrant color that will stand up against the gray of winter. Bold colors like red or bright blue will help the rest of your landscape, such as pale greens and even the white snow, really stand out and look magnificent.

2. Plant Colorful, Cool-Season Flowers.

Since you need some visual interest in your landscape, you want to ensure that you have some flowers that will bloom in the colder weather. This will take some research on your part to find out what these are. Depending on your region, some of the most popular and most vibrant cool-weather blooms include bachelor's buttons, calendulas, nemesias and pansies. All of these come in a variety of colors except for bachelor's buttons, which are typically only available in three colors: blue, white and pink.

3. Create a Fireside Oasis.

A fire not only offers warmth, but it also provides light. Locate an area on your patio or in your yard where you can place or build a fire pit. Weather permitting, this will be the perfect location to have guests over for a small get-together during the holidays. Make sure to set chairs around the fire pit, along with blankets to keep your guests warm, and then simply enjoy each other's company with a warm drink.

4. Get Your Water Moving.

If you are already have a pond, waterfall or a fountain in your landscape, you may want to consider keeping it moving during the winter. During the winter, everything seems to be motionless and quiet. However, moving water seems to change all that, and is a great way to grab someone's attention. If you have fish in your pond, you may be worried about freezing weather. A floating de-icer can be used to keep the water from freezing. A pond heater is always an option, though some say they are costly to operate.

For more information on how you can improve your landscape in the winter, consider reaching on to a professional landscaper who can sit down with you and discuss ideas.