K's Garden

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Anglesey Abbey Winter Garden Saturday 11 January 2014

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Anglesey Abbey has a lot to offer in any season, but the Winter Garden is special. The approach is a narrow curving path lined with Yew and Box, which hides the surprise that is around the corner.

Approach

Approach

First View

First View

There are lots of great plant combinations to steal and emulate:

Prunus serrula

Prunus serrula

and several Willow (in this photo) and Dogwood that have been stooled to emphasize the winter bark colour.

Salix alba vitellina

Salix alba vitellina

Salix alba vitellina

Salix alba vitellina

There are also some “Marmite” plantings with tall and low grasses, in various colour combinations:

Miscanthus sinensis undine

Miscanthus sinensis undine

but the main thing that is clever is that the plot is a narrow rectangle, with hedges on the limits on both sides, although they are deliberately not well formed – so there are glimpses through into countryside beyond, but they do frame the plot. Within the rectangle is a meandering path, swinging left and right widely enough so as not to be able to see around the next bend, and often accompanied by a strategically placed tall bush that obscures the view of the plants ahead:

Euonymus Silver Queen

Euonymus Silver Queen

but also low, sweeping, planting around the curves:

Wall of Sarcococca

Wall of Sarcococca

Curve of Euonymous Silver Queen

Curve of Euonymous Silver Queen

Curve of Dogwood

Curve of Dogwood

Curve of Variegated Holly with Cotoneaster lacteus

Curve of Variegated Holly with Cotoneaster lacteus

Between the bends are a large number of variations of plantings, often with a single plant of note framed between some plain evergreen bushes

Chionodoxa gigantea

Chionodoxa gigantea

Or blocks of planting to impress:

Viburnum farreri candidissimum

Viburnum farreri candidissimum

Towards the end another hidden bend brings you to the Betula jacquemontii. I’ve seen them planted as a serpentine path, and some other styles, but this open and airy structure is very effective.

Betula utilis jacquemontii approach

Betula utilis jacquemontii approach

Betula utilis jacquemontii appearing

Betula utilis jacquemontii appearing

Betula utilis jacquemontii open planting Wow!

Betula utilis jacquemontii open planting Wow! (Click for larger image)

Links:

National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey/

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