Brighten Up Your Garden This January

January 3, 2020
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Although the temperatures may still be low and the autumn colours have faded you can still enjoy your garden. We’ve rounded up a few fantastic ideas which require little effort and don’t break the bank to create a garden with winter appeal. By focusing on a few key areas which you see every day you can still create a big impact. Whether you step outside or peep through a window, enjoy your garden at every opportunity.


Adding ready made topiary to your garden is a quick way to add interest. These are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are available at different costs or learn a new skill to perfect your own dream designs. You can also add evergreen topiary to pots or bedded areas as these will hold areas together through the winter months. Box and yew are traditional choices but small leaved evergreens such as Ilex crenata and phillyrea are great choices and are easy to clip. The great thing with topiary is that no matter what your style is there really is something for everyone, from formal shapes such as cubes, pyramids and balls to relaxed organic shapes like the cloud-pruned topiary. Why not head to our Pinterest page for inspiration?

Jan blog - brighten up your garden topiary

Scented Plants

There are so many fragrance rich winter flowering shrubs such as daphnes, viburnums and sarcococcas. Choose where to plant them carefully; they will get lost if planted at the back of borders but at border edges, close to the door or a frequently used path they can be readily enjoyed. Many of these shrubs are happy in pots which makes them easy to move to enjoy throughout the year depending upon the season and use of the garden.Jan blog - brighten up your garden scented plants

Pots, Planters & Containers

Taking inspiration from scented plants, pots, planters and containers are a fantastic way to add a splash of colour when it is needed most. Carefully curate plants that work well together, such as pansies and variegated ivy and heather, hellebores and cyclamens for a stunning display, most of which are available at garden centres in small pots at this time of the year. Larger additions in pots such as evergreen shrubbery makes a great feature and the possibilities in pot/planter/container sizes and colours are endless and can be easily tailored to your available space or current theme.

Jan blog - brighten up your garden planters

Why not head to our Pinterest board – Inspirational Pots and Containers to pick up some fantastic ideas or visit our website for our Problend Beds & Borders Topsoil, the ideal product to place in containers, planters and beds/borders due to the controlled release fertiliser and a special water-retentive material designed to promote the early development of plants, trees and shrubs. Whilst this brings improved growth rates and enhanced root development it also reduces water consumption.

What A View

As much as we might like to be out in the garden, the weather doesn’t always permit it and we spend most of our time indoors over winter, so why not make the most of it? A little seasonal rearranging like relocating easily moveable plants, shrubs and garden ornaments so they can be seen from the windows or clipping lower branches to unblock views, or something as simple as adding a windowsill container planted up with winter-flowering plants can go a long, long way to enjoying your garden through winter.

Jan blog - brighten up your garden windowsill planter

Create a Bug Hotel

A fantastic way to use up some of those dry, bare twigs and fallen debris, is to recycle them and build a habitat for bugs and wildlife! It is simple, fun and great for the environment. You could be providing shelter throughout the cooler months for a variety of species such as Woodlice, Toads, Ladybirds and Hedgehogs- so why not give it a try? Visit out blog Recycle To Create A Bug Home! for a step by step guide on how to make one yourself.

Jan blog - brighten up your garden bug hotel

Light It Up

With the dark mornings and nights we often leave in the dark and come home in the dark, missing seeing the garden completely. Adding outdoor lighting can bring your garden, driveway or paths back into play and transform not only the view but the possibility of using the garden through the colder, darker months. Lighting can be seasonal, for example a few tea lights in clear jam jars or a string of fairy lights draped in a tree can be a great festive touch. Our Garden Lights Pinterest board is full of cool and quirky ideas.

Jan blog - brighten up your garden jam jar and fairy lights

Up and downlighting is a modern way of lighting driveways and houses and adding solar lights is not only a stunning feature but also eco friendly! Our Suburban Solar Real Flame Lights produce a mesmerising light which moves just like a real flame, turn on automatically at night and turn off automatically at dawn. In additional, they also have optional power saving and are waterproof and designed for full Winter use, the perfect addition to any garden border, flower beds and paths. Be sure to switch lighting off before going to bed, to minimise disruption to wildlife!

Solar Lights garden


Fire Pits

Although this option can be both expensive and time consuming, the finished result creates such an impact that we just couldn’t leave it off the list! As the outdoor living trend continues to rise, adding an outdoor fire pit or burner is a great way to make use of the garden through the winter months. There are so many styles to choose from to suit your personal style or current garden theme, from ultra modern to natural and rustic. Whether you’re planning a large scale project digging up earth to build your pit or just adding a portable log burner or patio heater, this feature is one to be enjoyed all year round.Jan blog - brighten up your garden fire pits


Head to our board Outdoor Fire Places on our Pinterest page for some fabulous ideas and how to guides!



A relatively easy way to brighten up your garden is by adding a sculpture. These can be large, small, modern, traditional and the cost of adding one can vary depending upon the size and material chosen. Sculptures can also be a great way to incorporate natural or recycled materials into your garden as well as adding some much needed colour.

Jan blog - brighten up your garden sculpures


Feeling creative? Why not try making your own by weaving flexible twigs into a feature? Long lengths of plain and colourful willow can be bought by the bundle to be twisted and bent into interesting shapes such twig balls which look great dangling from trees or if you’re feeling particularly creative, twist the willow into an animal shape like an oversized rabbit or deer. Glavanised wire is great to link sections together to create larger pieces but they won’t last forever. If you’re needing a little inspiration or guidance, head to our Sculptures board on Pinterest!


We love to see our customer projects so if you give some of these ideas a go, or have any you’d like to add, then send a message or images to or call our dedicated Sales Team on 0330 058 5068 for information on any of our products!

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