Winter walks at Nymans

Man walking across winter parkland scene

We pick our favourite winter spots in the garden from topiary creature creations to winter flowering heathers and sweetly scented daphnes. Join us for a guided walk, or set out on a trail around the garden or woodland.

Winter trees
Winter trees in the sunshine
Winter trees

Winter walk

Packed with plants chosen specially for their winter interest, the Winter Walk at the south end of the garden is filled with the heady scent of witch hazels, daphnes and winter box. Here you can find coloured stems, peeling bark, variegated foliage and flowering bulbs.

Winter flowering heather
Winter flowering heather
Winter flowering heather

Heather

The heather beds put on a wonderful winter display from December onwards. Planted in large drifts for more impact, the huge beds of heather burst into colour all winter long and brighten up the shortest days.

snowdrops in the wall garden at Nymans
snowdrops in the wall garden at Nymans
snowdrops in the wall garden at Nymans

Snowdrops

Snowdrops elegantly carpet the lawns around the garden from January to March, followed by the lesser-known snowflake. You can spot clutches of the delicate emblem of spring dotted all around Nymans as you stroll the paths and avenues.

" Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of spring, and pensive monitor of fleeting years!"
- William Wordsworth

Evergreens

Nymans has a huge variety of conifers in the Pinetum. On clear days, stunning views can be seen from the temple out towards the South Downs in one direction and stretching out over the Weald in the other. 

Witch hazels fill the garden with a light scent
Witch Hazel in flower
Witch hazels fill the garden with a light scent

Wild Garden

Many rare and unusual plants grow in the Wild Garden. In winter the scent of witch hazel fills the air and early rhododendrons give a welcome splash of colour. This is a wonderfully informal part of the garden at Nymans. 

Top Garden

The winter borders which line the top garden really pack a punch. Daphnes, witch hazels and winter box offer wonderful colours and scents as you walk along.

Views

Nymans offers wonderful views, sitting at 500 ft above sea level. Within the garden are spectacular ruins, cedar trees and the 'Toblerone' yew hedge. Beyond the boundary sit the South Downs and High Wield, rolling out out before you. Balcombe viaduct is a familiar landmark below the woods and dipping valleys.

Admire the topiary yew hedges at Nymans
Topiary yew hedge at Nymans, Sussex
Admire the topiary yew hedges at Nymans

Topiary

Throughout the garden there are examples of both formal and informal topiary. From the yew globes around the fountain in the Wall Garden, to the animal forms on the terrace in front of the house, there's no better time to appreciate them than when they're looking crisp and neat and covered in frost.

Bamboo

The bamboo jungle looks great in all seasons, with colourful canes and evergreen foliage. A great place to play hide and seek.