When it comes to gardening and enjoying your outdoor space, such as the stunning gardens at WoodboroughGrange in Winscombe, North Somerset, autumn offers opportunities aplenty for the green (and not so green) fingered to continue to enjoy the outdoors. Here we offer some ways to make the most of your garden as the seasons change.
Encourage and feed wildlifeAutumn is a time when many wildlife commonly spotted in gardens are busy preparing for their winter hibernation. Those that aren’t, such as birds and squirrels, will be more active as they seek much-needed food for over the more scarce cold months. If you enjoy observing nature in your own natural space you can help encourage it by following some easy steps:
- Set up feeding stations for birds and other animals
- Make sure to keep any water features or ponds you have from freezing, to welcome amphibious friends like frogs and newts
- Keep children busy with a completion to make a bug hotel, easily created with some drilled logs or cane sticks
Cultivate food and flora
Autumn also provides plenty of opportunity for gardeners to keep busy; many plants and vegetables thrive during autumn, including parsnips, leeks, kale and winter salad, and to protect them from frosts, a simple covering or polytunnel can fend off damage. The large gardens at our Glevum Green development in Gloucester make a perfect setting for cultivating those all-important greens, and so much more.
Attractive winter flowers and evergreen shrubs work well to keep your garden busy during autumn and fend off that stark empty winter look. Options include Liriope muscari (also known as lilyturf or blue lily turf,) Asters and Japanese anemones – to name a few. To add extra vibrance and activity, well placed perennial pots, garden decorations such as fairy lights, mirrors and ornaments can all deliver the spark and colour you crave from the summer months.
Entertain and eat
Entertaining and relaxing in the garden doesn’t have to stop because it’s autumn either - decking, furniture, lighting and outdoor heaters can all create the perfect environment for extended dining and relaxing outside. Fans of BBQs and smokers will know that the cooking doesn’t have to stop in the colder months, ever tried a slow cooked Christmas turkey? Don’t forget the all-important firepit or log burner for the cosy garden snug spot you’ve always dreamed of.
Whatever your passion in your garden is, there is something for you. Enjoy your outdoor haven all year round.