As you probably know, I’m currently giving my garden a makeover. I love color and at this time of the year, it’s difficult to get the brightness I crave from flowers alone. I’m based in the UK and, for the most part, winter equals dull, gray weather.

All the plants die down and we’re left with a little bit of greenery but no color. Redoing the garden gives us a chance to plant more evergreen plants and winter flowers. Here are some tips on getting some color into your garden all year round.



Here’s my garden as it stands, currently very bare with no lawn in place but brighter than most winter gardens! We’ve just painted the shed and this little wooden planter. There’s still a few coats to do but this is a great way to give your garden a but of vibrancy.

Go for contrasting colors (opposites on a color wheel) for real impact and don’t be afraid to experiment. Why not paint a shed in stripes or add little accent details in a different shade.

Evergreen plants

These are plants that are with you throughout the year. I’ve just bought a shrub called Midnight Martini. During the summer it’s bright green but as winter creeps in it fades to almost-black. That might not sound like a lot of color but it works to break up a winter garden that’s all green.

You should also look for plants that turn a beautiful shade of red or orange in fall/winter.

Winter flowers

Blue Pansies

If you’re in warmer climes than I am, you have a wider range of winter flowering plants at your disposal. If you’re somewhere chilly but without too much risk of very harsh frosts, there’s still some options.

Pansies are a great option for this time of the year and you can go for pale blues to give your garden a winter wonderland feel.

If you need to worry about frost, plant flowers in pots where they’ll get a bit of extra protection and you can move them around to get more shelter when needed.


I have plenty of geeky plans for statues in my garden but whatever your tastes, you can find something to add interest to your garden all year round.

Fruit and veg

What you grow depends on your weather but even cooler climates can benefit from some winter vegetables. They’ll add a bit of color to your garden and you’ll get the added excitement if growing your own food!

How do you get color in your garden?