Our top winter gardens

Blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a refreshing walk in a frosty winter garden. Stroll through tranquil landscapes glittering in the winter sun. Discover bright winter berries and late-flowering shrubs then cosy up in one of our tea-rooms with some delicious winter warmers.

Here are our top gardens to enjoy this winter:

Visitors walking over the Oxford Bridge on a frosty day at Stowe Landscape Gardens

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Winter is the perfect time to see this monumental garden. There are more than 250 acres of garden to explore, with lakes, classical temples, winding paths and wooded valleys created by some of the greatest figures in garden design and architecture, including Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and William Kent.

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire 

Designed specifically with plants that give winter colour, texture and fragrance, the garden at Anglesey Abbey is alive and vibrant during the cold months. Discover bright yellow and red dogwoods and the polished bark of the Tibetan Cherry. Enjoy the scent of winter flowering honeysuckle floating in the breeze and look out for the slender white trunks of the Himalayan Silver Birch Grove.

Dyffryn house in the snow

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan 

Discover Dyffryn Gardens’ enchanting series of intimate outdoor rooms. Wander through the arboretum past bright red holly berries and discover the winter roses on a winding walk down the paths. Warm up in the glasshouses where you’ll find a bright and airy vinery, a cacti house and a tropical-feeling rainforest blooming with orchids and banana trees.

A frosty path winds through colourful shrubs in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Mottisfont’s winter garden has matured into a beautiful and unique landscape, full of horticultural treasures. Brilliantly coloured dogwood bark and silvery ornamental bramble provide splashes of colour alongside berries and fruit even on the shortest days of the year. As winter continues, the garden becomes a refuge for other late flowering shrubs such as mahonia, sweet-smelling winter honeysuckle and daphne.

Colby Woodland Garden in the snow

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

During the winter months Colby welcomes a surprisingly rosy colour palette. The edges of the meadow are lined with red dogwood and in the walled garden you’ll find pink hellebores. White bark birch trees sparkle in the winter sun and the aptly named rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ is in flower from late January.

Crisp winter grasses at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

With colourful and fragrant plants, Bodnant’s winter garden brightens up even the coldest of winter days. Discover coloured-stemmed birches, bright bergenias and bulbs such as snowdrops, iris, cyclamen and crocus. Enjoy the scent of winter shrubs such as hamamelis, daphne and sarcococca.

The Temple of the Winds surrounded in snow at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down 

Mount Stewart’s gardens lie within a natural amphitheatre sheltered from strong winds, giving them a unique micro-climate. Discover white and pink winter-flowering rhododendrons, vibrant ‘Trewithen Blue’ flowers and bright yellow witch hazel. Magnolia and camellia come into flower early at Mount Stewart so visit from mid-January for an early taste of spring.

Winter berries by the American Border at Osterley, London

Osterley Park and House, Middlesex 

Meander through the ever-evolving Winter Garden at Osterley which provides bursts of coloured bark, fabulous leaf shapes and seed heads in abundance. Covered in a thick haw frost, every branch and berry is defined. A highlight at this time of year is the Clematis Urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’. Its fragrant, waxy, white bell-shaped flowers shoot through lush green foliage even in the depths of winter.

A little girl sitting on a stone seat at Rowallane Garden, County Down

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

As other plants start to hibernate, a range of winter scented shrubs come to life at Rowallane Garden. Take a stroll among winter flowering viburnums, mahonia and the fragrant yellow flowers of witch hazel. Discover the Walled Garden, the electric blue bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds and enjoy a tranquil walk around the famous Rock Garden Wood.

Tiny yellow acconite buds

Polesden Lacey, Surrey 

Polesden Lacey is home to one of the first ever winter gardens, designed by the late English botanist Graham Stuart Thomas. The garden is bright with colour in winter, with beds of yellow aconites beneath Persian ironwood trees, which produce blood red buds. Look out for the enchanting displays of snowdrops that bloom throughout the garden in late winter.