December 2007

I love the quiet beauty of winter when nature seems to draw a breath and instead of abundance, it is shape and structure that take front stage. Deciduous trees and shrubs reveal their delicate tracery of branches, evergreen topiary comes into its own and the architectural qualities of a garden are starkly revealed.

For real inspiration visit Rosemoor the RHS garden in North Devon which has the most wonderful winter garden full of colours, scents, shapes and textures My own ‘winter garden’ occupies just one small corner. Here the briliant ruby stems of a single, red-barked dogwood contrast with the corkscrew branches ofCoryllus avellana ’Contorta’ growing beside it. Scrambling up behind,Clematis cirrhosa ’Jingle Bells’ will soon be flowering and by early spring clusters of dangling yellow catkins will make this area the focal point of the garden.

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