Winter Inspiration: Get a warm outlook for your garden with The National Trust
You might not think winter is the season to meander through a stately home garden, but it’s the perfect time to get some evergreen inspiration.
You’ll get hints and tips from their expert horticultural hands about just what grows and thrives through the current harsh conditions. You’ll be warmed by the abundance of winter colour from plants that can fight the frost and flourish. And you’ll also get to admire some of the most spectacular seasonal scenery that’s right on your doorstep.
Here are some of our favourite National Trust Winter gardens:
The first winter daffodils are in bloom at Bodnant along with the first of the early Rhododendrons. Winter heathers, ornamental grasses and brambles set the scene for this expansive and impressive 80-acre garden and its surroundings of Snowdonia, offering a spectacular view for every season. World-famous, many of the plants you’ll discover stem from cuttings and seeds collected over a century ago, carefully grown by five generations of the same family.
Visit Dunham Massey and you’ll be greeted by a crisp carpet of white. Not made of snow, but Snowdrops – over a quarter of a million of them. The seven-acre Winter garden is the largest of its kind in the UK and offers an explosion of colour and scent from over 700 plants and 1,600 shrubs, guaranteeing a warm welcome in the depths of winter.
Home to the newest winter garden in the National Trust estate, Mottisfont has a plethora of carefully-chosen plants and schemes inspired by the nearby River Test. Over 5,000 new plants and shrubs and over 60,000 bulbs give colour and life during winter to this third-of-a-hectare piece of seasonal paradise. Enjoy a guided Snowdrop walk through the woods and explore the 3D plant sculpture.
You’ll have over 3,800 acres to investigate here, but the best kept secret is the Walled Kitchen Garden. Brimming with hundreds of seasonal fruits and vegetables surrounded by herbaceous and cut flower borders and a rose garden, the Walled Kitchen Garden is a feast for the senses in Winter. It features the National Trust’s longest glasshouse, has the biggest collection of rhubarb in the UK with over 130 varieties, 72 different kinds of apple and has even reintroduced varieties of pear last seen in 1888.
Follow the frosty paths at Stowe with their special Winter Wander walk, taking you around the seasonal sights of this timeless estate featuring temples framed by leafless trees. Winter highlights include Dogwood, colourful Winter Aconite, Snowdrops, Holly and even Stinking Hellebore. Winter flowers are just about to bloom in the Elysian Fields, Lamport Garden and Sleeping Wood. What will you discover?
These are just some of our favourites, which are yours? Tweet us at @best4hedging with your suggestions.