Garden highlights

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Find out what plants are brightening up the garden and grounds this month.

Winter wonders

Few plants flower in winter compared to other seasons but one that starts to come into its own at this time of year is Sarcococca confusa. The small white flowers of this shrub, tolerant of any position, release a lovely sweet scent that carries on the winter sun.

A flash of white in the winter.
Sarcococca confusa in the garden.
A flash of white in the winter.

Other plants provide interest through colouring in stems or through different physical attributes such as the unusual seed pods of Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis. These spiky balls follow pale lavender coloured flowers. A native of China, it needs a sunny spot and a very free draining soil. It does well at Killerton above the Ice House.

Interesting garden displays in winter.
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis growing in the garden.
Interesting garden displays in winter.

Photinia davidiana is smothered with berries at this time at year. This acid loving plant needs a well-drained soil and a good amount of space to be appreciated fully.

Red berries colouring the winter garden.
Stransvaesia davidiana growing in the garden.
Red berries colouring the winter garden.

Berries and seed aside, many plants lie bare in the garden during the winter months. There is no better time of year to appreciate the majesty of towering trees and infinite structures created by mature and veteran deciduous trees such as Fagus sylvatica, better known as common Beech. 

Getting great views of the tree tops
Towering beech trees at Killerton
Getting great views of the tree tops

Plant sales

Many of the plants you see in the garden at Killerton can be bought direct from the gardeners at Killerton's monthly Farmers' Market held on the third Saturday of every month. Grown in peat free compost, the team stock unusual trees, shrubs and both tender and hardy herbaceous perennials. Stock changes monthly.

Get a piece of Killerton for your garden
Plant stall
Get a piece of Killerton for your garden

If you can't identify a certain plant or have a question, you can contact the gardeners directly via email at killerton.gardeners@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Fancy getting your hands dirty?

Would you like to get involved? Would you like to learn new skills, meet new people and help look after this special place?

We are always interested to hear from people who would like to volunteer with us. If you would like to join our group of volunteers that help us maintain these beautiful grounds, please contact Emma Wakeham (Volunteer Development Manager) on 01392 883145 or at killerton@nationaltrust.org.uk