The days are finally getting longer but it’s still cold and sometimes it can be hard to imagine that Spring will ever get here. This is the when it’s time to embrace the Danish concept of hygge. Hygge has no literal translation in English but the closest translation would be ‘cosy’. Hygge is about finding happiness in life’s simple pleasures and taking the time to slow down and enjoying the company of friends and family. Hygge isn’t just restricted to being indoors. There are plenty of ways to add a touch of hygge to your garden…
1. Get cosy
Snuggling up around a fire is very hygge, but few of us have the luxury of a fireplace at home. Instead why not add a fire pit or chiminea to your patio? Wrap up warm, grab some blankets and invite friends over to share an evening of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows for a perfect hygge moment.
2. Embrace the view from the inside
It’s not always possible to get out into the garden on a cold day so think about ways you can create the best possible view of your garden from the inside. You can add plenty of winter interest to your garden by planting evergreen shrubs. These will add plenty of colour and interest when there is little else available. Alternatively, deciduous shrubs with colourful winter stems such as Salix and Cornus can add the perfect pop of colour to your garden.
Spring flowering bulbs and early flowering perennials cheer up any garden and give the first nod to spring being just around the corner. Planted containers and hanging baskets filled with pansies or primulas can add a cheery blast of colour, especially if you have room for window boxes.
3. Add some winter scent
Winter scented plants smell amazing. Plant them strategically in your garden in areas you walk past frequently e.g near the front door. Every time someone knocks on the door they will be greeted by a wonderful sweet floral fragrance. Witch Hazel, Sarcococca and Daphne are particular favourites.
4. Add some light
You can completely transform an outdoor space with light. Fairy lights, candles and lanterns create an intimate and cosy atmosphere where you can feel instantly relaxed and cosy.
5. Make the most of the winter sun
Low light levels in winter can trigger the winter blues and it can often feel like spring will never get here. If you notice a spot in your garden that catches the winter sun, take some time to position a seating area where you can sit and soak up the sunshine whenever you are able to. A garden bench or little bistro set are perfect for creating a little relaxing moment with a warm cup of hot chocolate.