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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.
There are lots of great plant combinations to steal and emulate:
and several Willow (in this photo) and Dogwood that have been stooled to emphasize the winter bark colour.
There are also some “Marmite” plantings with tall and low grasses, in various colour combinations:
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:
but also low, sweeping, planting around the curves:
Between the bends are a large number of variations of plantings, often with a single plant of note framed between some plain evergreen bushes
Or blocks of planting to impress:
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.
National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey/
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