Winter in the Garden at Standen

From the first frosts, winter is a colourful time of year in the garden at Standen. Discover winter flowering plants, sculptural trees and bushes and crisp frosty walks through woodland on the estate.

What's in the Garden this winter

Camellia Japonica 'Nobilissima' at Standen
Camellia Japonica 'Nobilissima'
Camellia Japonica 'Nobilissima' at Standen


Award winning camellias add winter interest at Standen. Both original Margaret Beale plants and new cultivars can be found throughout the garden. For the last 5 years camellias, including the beautiful double white Nobilissima, the stunning semi-double pink Donation and the ruffled double white and raspberry edged Margaret Davis, have been winning awards at the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Society Spring Show.


Hellebores are a welcome splash of colour in late winter. The unique, ravishing shades of the Ashwood garden hybrids can be seen in the Quarry Garden where the low winter sunshine backlights the flowers.

Oriental hellebores can be seen at the start of the Top path and the native Helleborus foetidus is at home on Rock Top walk, along the Top Terrace and under the rocks on the drive.

The architectural Corsican hellebore, H. argutifolius, makes a statement in the little orchard.

Heathers on the Top Terrace at Standen
Heathers at Standen
Heathers on the Top Terrace at Standen


The winter flowering heathers stretch along the 70 metre Top Terrace and from November to April shades of magenta, pink, purple, red, rose, salmon and white look like spectacular jewels. The heathers under the rocks on the drive follow the same colour and design as Margaret Beale’s original plans.

Hollies in the Garden at Standen
Hollies at Standen
Hollies in the Garden at Standen


Hollies were a big favourite of Margaret Beale and we are still fortunate to have many of her original plants here in the garden. They provide valuable structure during the winter months and their berries provide fuel for the birds. Look out for Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Camellifolia’ and Ilex aquifolium aureomarginata in the Little Orchard; Ilex aquifolium ‘Golden King’ at the top of the Sloping Lawn, and Ilex aquifolium pendula on the Croquet Lawn.

Spring snowdrops
Spring snowdrops
Spring snowdrops


Snowdrops are a great winter bulb which naturalise readily and here at Standen they can be seen under the rocks on the drive and down the side of the Camellia Steps. We have started to plant 2000 snowdrops per year, donated by FoSE, to add extra winter interest into the garden. Selected varieties have also been introduced into the Quarry Garden, including the Atkinsii type James Backhouse which was named after James Backhouse whose company designed the original Quarry Garden here at Standen.

Garden produce for sale in the Plant Centre

Seasonal food and growing 

Local and seasonal food is something that we're passionate about. You'll find our month-by-month calendar of what's in season, with tips on growing your own and recipes from our chefs, essential reading for a low-food mile lifestyle.

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