Landscape design tips you need for winter

Don’t let the cooling weather take you away from your outdoor haven. A few small landscape design changes can easily make outdoor spaces more inviting for longer.

Winter means plenty of new options for styling and landscaping outdoors. Although we might not feel like spending much time out outside during the colder months, Landart Landscapes founder and creative director, Matt Leacy, says a warming outdoor space can make for some great winter nights. He shares his top landscape design tips for transforming your courtyard or garden into an ambient space to cosy up during winter. 

Burn, baby, burn

Leacy’s number one tip is to bring warmth outdoors. For the ultimate in outdoor heating, he recommends a fire pit. “Fire pits provide a functional and stylish way to warm your outdoor spaces,” he says. “You can sit by the fire and chat with friends and family, cook food – and they’re great for disposing of branches that may have fallen from your trees.” Keep your wood stacked visibly for added effect.

Stay neutral

“Neutral tones always complement the cooler months”, Leacy says. Stick with whites, grey, beiges and soft browns for a warming feel.

Stay sheltered

“Increase cover and protection so that wind and rain become less of a factor,” Leacy advises. “You might look to introduce some enclosed walls around key outdoor areas, especially the likes of outdoor living rooms, patio areas and outdoor kitchens, which often get used less in the cooler months.” If you are not ready to commit to a backyard pavilion, covered pergolas, retractable awnings and gazebos can also be really good autumn additions. “And you can style the space internally to inject warmth, and then rethink the look and accents as you move into other warmer seasons,” he adds.

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A no-fail guide to caring for house plants

Try these four essential tips for keeping your houseplants healthy and happy.

The greatest challenge that faces our increasingly populated cities is density — more people means, inevitably, more buildings, giving rise to relentless urban sprawl. But the growth of apartment living has led to an indoor-garden trend, with many stores now specialising exclusively in low-maintenance houseplants that require little more attention than a weekly water.

Looking after your houseplants

And greening your space has more benefits than the purely aesthetic, too: sun-loving succulents are known to purify the air; the act of gardening, even on a small scale, helps to reduce stress and improve mental health; and by potting your own herbs you’re bound to have fresh ingredients on hand for your next home-cooked meal.

Soil care

Choose a potting mix that holds moisture and contains compost or peat to nourish your plants. Make sure the soil is easily-drained. A high sand content can help the draining process.


While not as important for indoor plants as outdoor foliage, a fertiliser high in nitrogen will help your indoor greenery grow and thrive. Opt for liquid fertilisers for indoor plants and dilute it with water to avoid burning the leaves.

There are so many house plants to choose from, and many of them do far more than just pretty up your living space. ISTOCK

There are so many house plants to choose from, and many of them do far more than just pretty up your living space. /ISTOCK

Water adequately

Over-watering and under-watering your plants can have drastic consequences. Most indoor plants don’t require daily watering, instead preferring a drink every 3-7 days. The best way to check if your plant is thirsty is to test the first 5cm of soil for dryness.

Provide sunlight

Indoor plants need sunlight to survive, but not too much. Each type of plant will require a different amount, so do your research first. You may find you need to move your plant to provide it with the correct amount of exposure to sunlight. If your plant is too hot, it will start to wilt or its leaves will burn. If its growth is sparse, it probably needs to be in the sun for longer periods of time.

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