Seven Wonders of Winter
You would be mistaken to think that winter holds little interest in the garden. As described in our previous blog there is much to grab your attention. Here are seven specific plants that are wonderful in the winter and can be seen at Nymans this February.
Winter wonder 1
Parrotia perscia is an elegant tree with steely grey branches that bare blood red flowers on bare stems in the depth of winter. You do however have to search these flowers out as they are not immediately obvious. They say good things come in small packages, and yes these little flowers are truly delightful.
Winter wonder 2
Cyclamen coum is a true stalwart of the winter garden. They have reflexed petals ranging from deep carmine to pure white, all with a dark purple blotch at their base. The leaves vary in shape and mottling to create a marble effect of pewters, silvers and gem like greens. They are a vision on a frosty morning peeping through a crispy frost to warm your spirits.
Winter wonder 3
Camellia ‘Maud Messel’ is currently in full flower with its pink semi double flowers that have a centre of golden yellow stamens; this is set off by rich deep green foliage. It is a wonderful surprise as you exit the forecourt garden that Maud herself originally designed back in the 1920s.
Winter wonder 4
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’, it is not surprising that ‘Pallida’ is the most popular Witch Hazel with its profusion of wonderfully scented spidery sulphur yellow flowers borne on bare stems. Its flowers have an iridescent glow on a bleak winter’s day that is a sight to behold.
Winter wonder 5
Libertia peregrinans has fans of sword like leaves with a prominent orange midrib that set the borders a light. They originate from down under and bring a taste of the Antipodean to Nymans. Outside of winter they have saucer shaped white flowers and orange seed capsules.
Winter wonder 6
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ has upright stems and graceful arching foliage; it is a grass that adds grace and stature to the winter garden. The cream and green foliage, together with pinkish inflorescences of summer, dry to golden hues in the winter sun.
Winter wonder 7
Tilia x europa, these stately Lime trees are situated on our east drive as you approach the burnt out ruins of the house. In the low sun they create great atmosphere with their long shadows and deeply fluted trunks. Nymans is all about drama and atmosphere and these grand old trees encapsulate that vision perfectly on a distinctly chilly February morning.
Why not visit us at Nymans to see these seven wonders? If you are having trouble finding any like the small blood red flowers of the Parrotia percsia just ask a gardener and we will pleased to point you in the right direction.