Stroll through the winter garden at Ormesby Hall

The back of Ormesby Hall showing the trees and plants in winter with no flowers or leaves

Catch the late autumn colours cascading down through the woodlands and within the formal garden at Ormesby Hall, with reds, glistening oranges and browns set against a wintery sky.

As the nights draw in and there's a chill in the air, join us in the garden to see the beautiful autumnal colours enter winter this December.

The gardens we care for are full of vibrant, warming colours at this time of year as the leaves turn golden and red and they are scattered across the paths and lawns.

Entering the formal garden you are met by the commanding greenery of the yew hedges and magnificent ancient copper beech tree. Your senses will pick up the smell of the Himalayan Sweet Box also known as Sarcococca hookeriana which is a species of evergreen shrub. Upon entering the garden a fetsoon of winter jasmine has already begun to cloak the mansion, which adds some welcome bright colour. The sunshine yellow of the winter jasmine is a bright compliment to the evergreen features dominating the formal garden.

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

On the tennis lawn standing tall are the strikingly crisp vines of the yew hedges contrasting with the bare skeletal branches of the wistreia and roses. Winter can be a magical time in the garden as the trees can truly be seen without their leafy coats and interesting marks upon the trees can be found and hidden nests.

As we leave autumn behind there are steill some great spots in the garden to jump in crunchy leaves, discover an array of cones and enjoy the invigorating, albeit chilly fresh air with all the family.

What are our gardeners up to?

Throughout the autumn, our gardeners are kept busy...

  • The Senior Gardener and his garden volunteers begin to focus on the wider estate and the annual tree surveys to maintain the health and safety of the broadleaved woodlands.
  • The big job of scrub clearance begins
  • They make habitat improvements in various parts of the estate to encourage more wildlife and care for them during the colder months.
  • Leaves continue to fall and so the gardeners collect fallen leaves to store in our homemade leaf bins, where they will turn into a rich mulch in only 2 years’ time.
  • Pruning back the Roses and ornamental shrubs in the Formal Garden to maintain their shape and prevent wind-rock damage
  • Trimming the formal hedges to restore their nice crisp lines and define their distinctive shapes

Find out more...

On Sundays in December the Senior Gardener will be on duty if you would like to know more about how we care for the winter garden and wider estate.