The winter garden at Mottisfont
Experience the vibrant colours of Mottisfont's winter garden. Stroll through paths that wind through winter-flowering shrubs and perennials, chosen for colour and scent.
There's brilliantly coloured winter bark from dogwood and ornamental bramble, while berries, fruit and late- and early-flowering perennials also provide colour during the shortest days of the year.
The one-acre winter garden took shape in 2010 near one of Mottisfont's oldest features, the font, which attracted settlement here more than 800 years ago.
A wet area near the font supports ornamental willow, the stems of which take on burgundy, russet or yellow tints in the winter months.
Scent, colour and structure
Sweet-scented daphnes and winter-flowering honeysuckles, wintersweet, witch hazel and bright mahonia, whose flowers have a lily-of-the-valley smell, and viburnum all contribute to a subtle fragrance in the crisp cold air.
Bright berries and fruit are provided by skimmia and euonymus, while late- and early-flowering perennials such as bergenia and hellebores also provide colour during the shortest days of the year.
A ribbon of clipped buxus threads its way down a steep slope, while ‘streams’ of ground-hugging periwinkle, pachysandra and early spring bulbs echo the flow of the water from the adjacent font.