As temperatures start to fall across the country, it can be all too easy to neglect your garden.

It might be a great space to sit out and enjoy during the summer, but the winter months can be a totally different story.

However, with some careful planning and a little imagination it could be easier than you think to enjoy the great outdoors when the mercury drops.

Here are some project ideas for you to get started on over the coming weeks.

Keeping cosy

If you're in a part of the country where it gets particularly chilly, you'll need somewhere cosy to retreat to in your garden.

The good news is there are plenty of summer houses available that can be adapted to your winter needs – or you might want to apply for a construction loan and build your own. 

The choice of colours and fabrics will make your space feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer months, so make your decisions wisely! 

Shelter

It's also a good idea to think about providing shelter in your garden, which will serve a purpose no matter what time of year it is.

A shaded area will keep you out of the sun in summer and provide some protection in winter.

A pergola can be a good way of achieving this, or alternatively some strategic planting with climbers could make all the difference to your winter garden.

Heating

There are various different types of heaters available that can increase the temperature of your outdoor space once the cooler months set in.

Remember to follow the safety instructions and you could find yourself enjoying your garden for many more months of the year.

Add a few blankets and comfortable chairs and what more could you want from your garden!

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