Winter interest in the gardens

The scent of mahonia and the sound of a robin fill the woodland garden

The scent of mahonia and the sound of a robin fill the woodland garden

The gardens are open every day, and frosted shrubs taken on sculptural forms to delight our winter visitors.

Take a walk around our gardens on a winter's day and you'll still find winter-flowering shrubs with heady scents to attract brave insects. The earliest snowdrops are already flowering, encouraged by mild early winter days.

Stroll through the woodland garden, our tranquil haven, filled with scent from viburnums and mahonias. Throughout the gardens you'll hear robins singing to guard their territories ready for spring.

What we're up to now

Our gardens team regularly post news of their exploits on our blog.

Take a look to find out what we're doing throughout the year - how we manage the gardens, what's happening behind the scenes and what we'll be doing in the future.

You can find out more on one of our exclusive garden tours and talks.

There are films from the garden team on our YouTube channel too.

Discover more in the gardens

Restoration work is beginning inside and outside the summerhouse © Jana Eastwood

Restoration work is beginning inside and outside the summerhouse

  • We're beginning desperately-needed restoration work on the little summerhouse that Mary Elizabeth had built for her grandchildren, funded in part by proceeds from the raffle tickets that our visitors have bought.
  • Stroll round the gardens and find inspiration for winter colour and interest.
  • Simply take a seat and enjoy our hard work or talk to our staff and volunteers about anything that interests you.

Rice paper plant

The giant leaves of the rice paper plant make a bold statement © National Trust

Find it on the long border.

The huge leaves of Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' make a bold statement in the border now that other plants have died down. We call it our 'T Rex' plant and like it so much that we're planning to plant some more to add structure to the whole planting scheme.

This herbaceous plant will die down in winter cold and make its dramatic reappearance next spring.

Blue lilyturf

Evergreen perennial liriope muscari provides valuable autumn colour  © National Trust

Find it on the long border.

This is a reliable perennial (Liriope muscari) which provides valuable late autumn colour for any situation where it doesn't dry out completely in summer (this can make it reluctant to flower).

It will spread gently but not invasively, and the purple flower spikes are followed by glossy black berries which hold well in winter. The evergreen foliage helps keep the weeds at bay.

The joys of spring

There are scented shrubs to lift your senses all around, and colour from thousands of bulbs in the parterre.

Enjoy the subtle pinks of masses of hellebores in the woodland garden.

Midsummer borders

Colourful bedding and scented purple heliotrope fill the parterre

There's something new in flower every week on the long border and around the croquet lawn.
Be inspired by the shady woodland garden and enjoy the rainbow of colours in the parterre.

The gardens in summer.

All about autumn

Enjoy the firelight colours of the woodland garden this autumn

Come and enjoy the parterre borders at their glorious best. We love our dahlias and plant more varieties every year - which are your favourites?
Be cheered by the vibrant autumn foliage in the woodland garden.

The gardens in autumn