Highlights of the winter garden at Hardwick

Low winter sun and misty mornings give the gardens at winter a new atmosphere. Discover some of the highlights of the winter garden at Hardwick.

Winter colour

Our Winter Border offers welcome colour in the winter months. Interest can be found in unexpected places such as stems, bark, berries and of course early bulbs. Vibrant flowers such as Narcissus, Winter Aconite and Winter Flowering Honeysuckle add an extra sensory experience in the winter at Hardwick.

Winter aconite at Hardwick
Winter aconite at Hardwick
Winter aconite at Hardwick

Snowdrops and Stumpery 

Our Stumpery really comes to life in the winter months. Snowdrops shower the ground, along with Irises, Fritillaries and Ferns with this quiet corner in the garden providing a welcome respite from the festive rush. Catch our snowdrops across the gardens and estate from December.

Clusters of snowdrops can be found beneath the yews in the gardens at Hardwick
Clusters of snowdrops in the gardens at Hardwick, Derbyshire
Clusters of snowdrops can be found beneath the yews in the gardens at Hardwick

The herb garden

While most plants lie dormant, some plants in the herb garden take on a beautiful wintry look during the colder months. See the spiky teasel standing proud or the sage covered in frost.

Winter herb garden at Hardwick
Winter herb garden at Hardwick
Winter herb garden at Hardwick
Fog in the winter garden at Hardwick

A wintry atmosphere in the fog

In the winter months, low level fog gives the Hall and the statues a new atmosphere that has to be seen to be believed. There's nothing quite like a meander amongst the gardens seeing a shadow of the Hall through the white mist.

Winter teasel at Hardwick
Winter teasel at Hardwick
Winter teasel at Hardwick

Head gardeners tips for Winter

Winter in the garden is the perfect time for gardeners of all types to plan. What do you want your garden to look like in Summer? Think about how you imagine your garden to look and start planning and preparing for it now, it’s not too late to buy Spring bulbs now.

Don’t disregard Winter, you don’t have to have flat soil with no planting. While some garden clean- up is necessary leaving some hardy plants in the garden can be a good thing. Some of our taller perennials and herbs look spectacular in a winter frost and they can be a lifeline to wildlife.

As with our gardens clearing leaves from lawns can be an important winter task as leaves can turn the grass yellow if left too long. Winter can be a good time to prepare your lawn for the year to come, scarifying your lawn along with overseeding and re-turfing are all winter tasks where you will be able to see the results in the coming year.

From December gardeners can also begin pruning of fruit trees, climbers and roses.

Hardwick's gardens always have something to see, whatever the time of year
The gardens at Hardwick Hall in the winter
Hardwick's gardens always have something to see, whatever the time of year