Gardens in East Anglia

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

In East Anglia, we’re lucky to have so many gardens that showcase the very best of this seasons blooms. See for yourself and enjoy a little beauty, even through the winter months.

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Top tips for creating winter colour

David Jordan, Head Gardener at Anglesey Abbey shares his tips for creating winter colour in your garden.

  • If you’ve got space fill it with big blocks of colour.
  • Cornus has good vibrant colours and can be kept relatively small if pruned every spring, just as the leaves are breaking out of bud.
  • Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry), with its really shiny coppery-coloured bark, which peels off, gives a wonderful effect with the sun behind it.
  • Ornamental brambles give great texture; though don’t pick the really vigorous ones. I’d suggest Rubus biflorus with its chalky white stems.
  • For scent, go for Sarcococca, its evergreen, likes chalky soils and grows in most conditions but doesn’t like being exposed to icy winds. 
  • For under-planting, go for irises, cyclamen, and snowdrops of course. Snowdrops like dappled shade and don’t like to dry out too much. They don’t want to be disturbed, so don’t hoe too much. Only lift and split when clumps have got too congested – say every 3-5 years depending on the size of the clump and how well they’re doing. They will benefit from a feed when they’re in leaf, bonemeal is fine or something organic. An autumn leaf-mould mulch works a treat in our Winter Garden.

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15 Nov 20

Ornamental grasses for autumn

Ornamental grasses look great in the borders at this time of year, with an autumnal colour palette, these grasses add structure and interest to the garden, when other flowers have finished blooming. You might want to consider Stipa gigantea, which adds height or Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ which adds a softness and pinkish colour. Whichever variety you choose, enjoy the calming effect of watching the grasses swaying in the breeze. To get a little inspiration, make sure you visit Wimpole's Walled Garden.

Family walking in autumnal sunlight through the Walled Garden

01 Nov 20

Nerines in November

Nerines can add a little dash of late autumn colour, with their pink and red shades. They require a sunny position and work well in borders. However, some varieties are particularly susceptible to the cold weather and will need protection over the winter, so you may want to consider planting them in containers. Nerines aren't fans of disturbance, so planting them in pots will make them easier to move and protect from cold snaps. Look out for them the next time your visit Felbrigg Hall.


29 Sep 20

Michaelmas daisies add autumn colour

Asters, or Michaelmas daisies, range in colour from white to blue to purple and bring colour, warmth and beauty to the garden when many of our summer blooms are fading. Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word astḗr, meaning "star", referring to the shape of the flower head.

Michaelmas is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels). In Christianity, the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is seen as a protector against the dark of night.

It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, 29 September, marking the end of the productive season and the beginning of a new cycle of farming.

You can enjoy these blooms on your next visit to the Walled Garden at Wimpole Estate.

Close up of Aster ammelus Empress