The Great Outdoors

Prevent SAD by planting away the Winter blues

Gardening is good for you – even in Winter! Wrap-up warm and get outside in December to enjoy the winter garden at its best.

From delicate flowers and intoxicating fragrances to evergreen foliage and tactile barks, bright jewel-like fruits and berries, and many more delights of the natural world.

Winter displays come to life on sunny days, but for a moment of magic pop out early after a hard frost to appreciate the transient transformation of leaves and buds coated by ice crystals.

There are jobs to tempt us outside through winter too, including clearing away the remains of summer’s bedding and crops, sweeping-up the final fallen leaves of autumn, and improving soil by forking in generous quantities of compost.

Don’t forget the birds either, regularly cleaning and topping-up feeders and birdbaths.

Colder weather often keeps us indoors, making us less sociable, so try joining a local gardening groups and getting out to enjoy inspiring talks, meet other gardeners, and exchange ideas for the new gardening season ahead.

DID YOU KNOW?

Gardening during winter brings us outside into the daylight to exercise, which is vital for our health and wellbeing.

This can help reduce symptoms from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as ‘winter depression’ or the winter blues that often begins when days get shorter.

PLANTS OF THE MOMENT: WINTER COLOUR

Hardy shrubs for winter flower include:

Wintersweet – Chimonanthus praecox

Winter Honeysuckle  Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ AGM

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ AGM

Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Sweet Box (Sarcococca)

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum AGM)

Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ AGM

Winter Heathers (Erica carnea varieties)

Trees and shrubs for fruits and berries include:

Holly (Ilex varieties)

Firethorn (Pyracantha varieties)

Rowan (Sorbus)

Beauty Berry (Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ AGM)

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)

Prickly Heath (Gaultheria mucronata)

Find out more at Gardening is Good For You

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Lynda Hamilton Parker is a Scottish PR expert and independent publisher

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