Cosy up this autumn

Autumn doesn't mean your long lazy days in the garden have to come to an end. There are so many ways to continue to enjoy your garden well into the cooler months. Invest in the right garden design, furniture and heating options and you can extend your garden living by several months.

Lighting

Outdoor lighting can completely transform the look and feel of your garden and outside space; most importantly, extending your enjoyment of your garden all year round and taking you from day to night. Very few things create ambience in the way good lighting does, there is also the added bonus of the security that lighting adds <find out more>

Entertainment area

Having an area (or areas) that won't get muddy during the winter months is essential to being able to enjoy your garden all year round. From raised decking to paved patios there are many options out there and something to suit every garden.

Here are some decking and pergola ideas <click here>

If you want to take things one step further, you could modify your shed! With some wood panelling, built in seating to save space, quirky furnishings and of course, the right lighting, you can create a cosy garden hideaway.

Don't forget to make your shed water tight by:

  • Raising it off the groundIf you want to
  • Adding a felt or corrugated iron roof
  • Ensuring your timber is treated

Plants

When it comes to foliage spring and summer aren’t the only stars of the show. There are some beautiful specimens that really come into their own during the colder months.

When planning your autumn garden don’t forget to incorporate berries as well for an additional splash of colour. Not only do they look great, they also provide food for wildlife. Autumnal tones of natural ochres, vibrant maroons and vivid reds from shrubs and trees can been combined with late flowering perennials for an added accent <select your plants>

As the warmth of Autumn colour fades and perennials retreat underground winter can feel a bit flat and bleak in the garden but it really doesn’t have to. With careful selection there are many winter-flowering plants or those with vibrant foliage, stems or bark that can inject colour and scent to beat the winter garden blues <want to know more?>

Heating

Light and warmth are two of the essential things we need to survive; that's why they are key to our feelings of enjoyment and comfort. There are a range of heating options available from gas patio heaters to fire pits and chiminea. We stock a range of fire pits at the Big Plant Nursery - ask a member of our team about our range next time you visit.

You could also unleash your inner Viking with some reindeer throws, sheep skins and cosy woollen blankets. Add a personal touch to your garden by making your own accessories such as pillowcases and throws to make it extra cosy.