It’s a shame when you live in a cold area that the focus of your yard is only for the summer months. It is designed in a way that it can only really be enjoyed in that season. And then the rest of the year it lays forgotten.
This doesn’t need to be the case. A yard or garden can be landscaped to look nice in any season and can even be enjoyed in the colder months.
Not only are there many different landscaping styles, but also types of plants that can be interesting in any type of year and do well in cold climates.
In this article, I will go over several ways that you can landscape your yard to take advantage of all four seasons.
1 – Find your style
Your ideal landscape design style can work in just about any weather if you plan things right. So it pays to have a well defined idea of what way you want your yard to look.
Then try to translate that into the various seasons.
You need to consider what types of plants you want to have and the fixtures. These fixtures include any kind of furniture, a firepit area or a water fountain.
What style these fixtures are all depend on your tastes of course, but they should be fairly consistent across the different areas of your yard. Take a look at Outdoor Fountain Pros to get an idea of some styles of fountain that you may like.
2 – Stagger the blooming period
To make sure that you have something interesting and colorful at any time of year, you should try to stagger what grows and thrives at different times of year.
If you have everything happen at once and then the rest of the year is dead and boring, you won’t get as much use out of your garden as you would like.
Try to have some conifers that are evergreen that can give some color when the autumn is over and the winter has already set in. They will create some interesting space as they stay full so the yard won’t look so bare.
Then have early bloomers so as soon as those first rays of spring begin, they are already poking up out of the soil.
The winter won’t feel so long when you have some lilacs and mountain laurel providing some bright colors that have been long awaited.
Small trees and shrubs are also nice to have that will add some green quickly as their leaves come in faster than large trees.
3 – Set up outside living space
Your yard may look beautiful in the summer with the green and all the flowers. But, if you don’t have any space to sit out and enjoy it, it is a wasted opportunity.
Set aside an area where you can relax during those long and lazy days.
A pergola with some patio furniture and a grill nearby can be your outside living room and kitchen to really enjoy the landscaping.
This space can be used even when the weather is cooling down if you also set up a fire pit to warm the area.
Grill up some food and then sit by the fire with a glass of wine while bundled up with a comfy blanket and you can also enjoy the cooler evenings with friends.
4 – Add colors
Even when the flowers are not blooming and the leaves are all gone and showing bare gray branches, you can still have some nice splashes of color in your yard.
You can start by using majolica terracotta tiles and planters to line your paths and other areas of your garden.
Majolica are brightly colored with lots of yellow and blues that won’t fade. If you are going for a Mediterranean style then these are ideal and look great at any time of year.
Painting your fence or walls outside will also add lots of color to break up the dullness during the winter. A mural is a good way to do this and add some personality at the same time.
5 – Make a rock garden
Japanese rock gardens are interesting to look at at any time of year and require almost no maintenance. It is the ideal way to have a year round landscaped yard that can be used and admired no matter the weather.
If your style is not Japanese, then you can still use the same principles of using stone and rock formations as a design element in any other style.