There's still plenty of nature to be seen in winter, just look to winter gardens. Cast your gaze over frost-jewelled lawns and marvel at the velvety evergreens in a selection of winter English gardens.
The Dunham Massey seven-acre winter garden is the largest of its kind in England, with over 700 different plant species and 1,600 shrubs, trees and evergreens. Set in a magnificent 300-acre deer park, Dunham Massey has colours and scents to delight the senses throughout the winter season. See the velvet green of evergreen trees contrasted against the haory frost and snow.
Crisp frost and low sunshine show off Belsay's sharp and symmetrical formal beds filled with strongly-scented flowering Christmas box. Don’t miss the pinkish red rhododendrons which burst into flower in the quarry garden in November, with a large Chusan palm planted by Sir Charles Monck adding a taste of the exotic among the ice and snow.
Winter provides magical scenes of rolling frost-tinged fields, bold-coloured stems, fragrant winter flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses creating drama. Enjoy brisk winter walks, a hot drink in Bettys and some early Christmas shopping in the large RHS gift shop.
Garden designer ‘Capability’ Brown’s first major commission and one of the most magnificent landscape gardens in England. Enjoy the satisfying ‘crunch’ of walking on frosty grass, spectacular views, hidden corners and over 40 temples and monuments. Stowe is the perfect spot for a winter’s walk, for family bonding or a romantic walk in the snow.
A long-established winter garden, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have more than 650 different plants specially grown for their winter effect. A palette of bold coloured stems and evergreens in stunning shades of green, grey, blue and yellow.
The Winter Garden brings together coloured stems, bark and foliage texture with winter flower and fragrance. Follow the gently curving path and watch the light of the setting winter sun flood into the shallow valley.
For more English Gardens, take a look at the Snowdrop Festival
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