The garden at Ormesby Hall

Family sat on a bench in the garden

Wrap up warm and enjoy the beauty of winter. Throughout winter there are lots of preparations going on for the following seasons. Whilst the flowers sleep waiting for spring to arrive, other parts of the garden come into their own. The garden is full of birds which have stayed behind for the winter and some shrubs which go unnoticed during the summer season take centre stage when they drop their leaves in winter and the colour of their branches shines through.

 

Winter garden highlights

Cluster of snowdrops in the borders along the front lawn

Snowdrops

Even during the colder months colour can be found in the garden. The delicate white flowers of the pretty snowdrops provide some much-needed colour in January and February against the backdrop of the skeleton tree branches. Traditionally seen as a symbol of hope as winter ends, the snowdrops signal spring is on it’s way.

A close up image of the winter jasmine and the summery yellow colour as it climbs the mansio wall

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine, also known as Jasminum nudiflorum is one of the earliest flowering plants to bloom in January. The sunshine yellow of the winter jasmine is a bright compliment to the evergreen features dominating the formal garden. It is not a true climbing plant, but holds itself up against walls and spreads across the border.

The scented sarcococca hookeriana

Sarcococca hookeriana

Entering through the garden gate your senses will pick up the lingering scent of the Himalayan Sweet Box also known as Sarcococca hookeriana which is a species of evergreen shrub. It has a neat carpet of glossy green leaves, with small clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers with crimson anthers. In winter you will also spot black berries on the shrub.

A frosty start in the winter garden
A frosty start in the winter garden
A frosty start in the winter garden

Winter is a great time to see a garden. It is the time when the shape of the garden can be fully seen. The infrastructure and the design is laid out as the bare bones of the garden.

While many of the herbaceous plants will be sleeping through the winter, many plants will be left with seed heads providing winter food for birds, hollow stems which provide architectural interest as well as safe haven for the important overwintering insects. Cobwebs and frost cling to these last standing plants providing beauty in miniature and wonderful photo opportunities. The spring garden is the first area to come alive, starting with snowdrops and the crocus announcing the end of winter and signs of warmer weather to come.