Things to see in the garden in winter at Nymans

Be it a misty, grey day or a bright blue sky with snow on the ground, there's always something to see in the gardens. Our top 10 highlights are just a few of the things on offer, so get inspired and come and enjoy a day out with us.

    Wander down winter walk


    Crammed with plants for winter interest, our winter walk is just the place to enjoy cheerful flowers and heady scent of witch hazels, daphnes, hellebores, pulmonaria and more.

    Enjoy winter-flowering heathers

    Clipped heathers at Nymans

    Our heather garden puts on a wonderful winter display from December onwards. Planted in large drifts for more impact, huge beds of heather burst into colour and brighten up the shortest days of the year.

    Spy snowdrops in the wall garden


    Snowdrops elegantly carpet the lawn in the wall garden from January to March, followed by the lesser-known snowflake. Come and see the wall garden transformed into a winter wonderland.

    See evergreen coats in the Pinetum

    Rainbow over the Pinetum

    At a time when most trees are bare, the conifers in the Pinetum look cosy and warm in their evergreen coats. Stroll through the Pinetum and see the huge variety of colours and conifers in our collection. On clear days, stunning views can be seen from the temple out towards the South Downs.

    Get enchanted in the wild garden

    The distinctive orange petals of Witch Hazel

    A lot of our more rare and unusual plants are located in the wild garden. In winter the scent of witch hazel fills the air and early Rhododendrons provide a feast for the eyes. This wonderfully informal part of Nymans will leave you enchanted.

    Scents at the top border

    Winter flowering pulmonaria at Nymans

    Although modest in size, our winter borders certainly pack a punch. Electric blue pulmonaria looks too good to be true while the Helleborus 'Party Dress' add a sense of mischief. Daphnes, witch hazels and Chimonanthus offer wonderful colours and scents as you walk along these borders.

    Views from the main lawn

    Main lawn in winter at Nymans, West Sussex

    Standing on the main lawn is one of the best places for views. Our spectacular ruins and Toblerone yew hedge face you on one side. Turn around and you have the South Downs in all their glory. Chanctonbury ring can be seen perched on the Downs through the trees to the south-west. And if that isn't enough, take in the sight of our awesome 160-year-old Cedar of Lebanon in the middle of the lawn.

    Discover our topiary

    Box topiary in Nymans garden

    Throughout the garden you will find examples of both formal and eccentric topiary. From the yew globes around the fountain in the wall garden to the chickens on the terrace in front of the house. When is there a better time to appreciate them than when they are looking crisp and neat and covered in frost?

    Explore the bamboo jungle

    The wooden panda at Nymans

    The beauty of our bamboo jungle is that it looks great in all seasons. Our collection of bamboos are not only evergreen but have colourful canes. The wooden boardwalk is made from Nymans' own wood and makes the jungle accessible for everyone, all year round. We even have a resident panda.

    Learn about compost

    The different compost bins at Nymans

    We're passionate about composting and have a well-established system. Winter is a great time to learn how to compost at home - come spring, you're ready to go. Look round our compost zone and take a free leaflet to help you create a great compost system at home.

We can provide you with hours of fun and interest throughout the coldest months of the year. Everywhere you go there is something in flower, a view or a scent ready to lure you in. Come and enjoy the charm and beauty of Nymans this winter.