In summer and spring, summer cottages and backyards are buried in bloom, and for the garden to be no less beautiful in winter and autumn, you will have to try especially. New Year’s garlands, pots with fresh flowers, topiary from yellowed foliage are attributes of seasonal decor. 

Following are the ways to decorate a summer cottage landscape that looks harmonious throughout the year and does not require updating from season to season.

1. Gabions

Came to landscape design from military affairs and large-scale construction, mesh-stone fences perform several tasks at once:

  • Territory zoning.
  • Strengthening the relief.
  • Site decoration.

Many are wary of installing gabions due to their rather harsh appearance. Combining lattice structures with wood trim, bricks, plants will help to avoid the “stone jungle.”

For more originality, experiment with filler. In addition to stones of different sizes, shapes, and shades, broken brick, wood, and multi-colored glass are used. The voids are filled with soil for planting flowers. To create a cozy atmosphere, LED lights are placed inside the grille. In the winter season, a gabion fence will be excellent support for a festive garland.

2. Coniferous plants

Spruces, thujas, cedars, and other evergreens help to dilute the monochrome winter landscape and create a shaded place to relax in the summer. Trees and shrubs look interesting both in solitary planting and in flower beds, rockeries, and hedges.

Plots of modest size will decorate pots and boxes with decorative needles. They won’t take up much space, but they’ll help to create a pleasant environment. If you want to spend the New Year in the country, you can put up a Christmas tree in your front yard. Garlands and Christmas tree decorations will bring a festive mood to both owners and passers-by.

3. Decorative gates and wickets

The gate is the business card of the site. Practical sliding metal profile structures are prevalent among residents of private houses, but designers do not particularly love them. With their functionality, they have a minimal decorative function. To make the entrance area original and pleasing to the eye, you can use several techniques.

  • Add hand or stencil painting.
  • Complement the gate with forged elements.
  • Use a combination of several materials.

4. Cereal herbs

Everyone is accustomed to the fact that only coniferous beauties remain from the expressive vegetation with the onset of cold weather. However, cereals cope with the decorative function no worse. While fragrant perennials grab attention in summer, in winter, the lush panicles of miscanthus, fescue, and reed grass become full-fledged soloists of the garden ensemble.

In cold winters with sharp temperature changes, grasses are covered with birch branches, and cereals can easily cope with frosts of the middle lane on their own.

5. Pergolas and arches

Arched structures and pergolas support climbing plants in summer and harmoniously fit into the autumn-winter landscape. As a material, you can choose natural wood or metal forging. The former will maintain the mood of unity with nature; the latter, covered with flowering shoots or frost, will create a fabulous atmosphere.

Pergolas are built as free-standing structures, extensions to the house, or transitions between garden buildings. In addition to the decorative function, they do an excellent job with zoning space, save you from the scorching sun in summer and become a place for playing in the snow.

6. Homemade birdhouses

You can combine care for nature with decorating your backyard by hanging birdhouses around the site. In summer, they serve as houses for the younger generation of singers, and with the onset of cold weather, they serve as feeders for those who remain to winter.

Most gardeners prefer to make their birdhouses. The remains of boards, clay, stones, straw are used. For decoration, painting, decoupage, moss, and fresh flowers are used.

7. Original woodcutter

It is not necessary to store firewood for a bath and barbecue in a closed utility room. The woodshed can be made a bright accent of the site. Wall-mounted structures will additionally mask errors in the exterior of the house.

The frame is constructed from metal, wooden slats, or panels. The form is chosen to match the overall style of the garden. These can be tiny pyramid houses, honeycomb-like sections, lattice gazebos. To prevent the wood from getting wet from rain and snow, special attention is paid to the flooring quality.