The Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey

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The winter garden has been specially designed with plants that are at their best during winter, when colour is in short supply elsewhere. The winter garden is long and narrow so the meandering path allows new surprises on every bend. Its position takes full advantage of the low winter sun which picks out the details of the unusual plants along the way.

Glorious colours are displayed by plants such as Scarlet Willow and Red-barked Dogwood which dazzle with orange and red respectively. Silver-fern bramble shines pure white.

It is not only through the eyes that pleasure is found. The air is full of the scent of Sarcococca (Christmas Box), Mahonia, Chimonanthus and the very sweet perfume of winter-flowering honeysuckle.

Ground cover is used extensively throughout the winter garden to add to the display including Bergenia and Periwinkle. Bulbs and flowers include Crocuses, Tulips and Hellebore and well as Anglesey's famous Snowdrops.

There are many trees which special winter interest to be seen as you walk through the garden. A particularly fine example is the Killarney Strawberry Tree that displays its strawberry-like fruit in the weeks before Christmas.

The grand finale of the winter garden is the grove of Himalayan Silver Birch with their pure white trunks dramatically rising from a deep red underplanting of Bergenia and its mass display of Tulip around Easter.