Anglesey Abbey Winter Gardens, Cambridgeshire, UK | A garden des

Anglesey Abbey Winter Gardens (National Trust), Cambridgeshire, England :

This is one of the best gardens in the UK specifically planted for outstanding seasonal interest in winter. It is a great place for gardeners to gain inspiration for colourful all year round planting. It is also one of the few gardens that really are a joy to visit in the winter! Great for lifting the spirits on a dull day.

This photo shows one of my favourite winter trees – a Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula) which has a very attractive burnished copper-colored peeling bark. It is surrounded by dogwoods and snowdrops – an excellent planting combination.

Details: Anglesey Abbey Winter Gardens have now matured nicely and contain over 150 species of plant selected for their ability to provide winter interest – both visual and scented. The gardens have a strong structural element with a quarter mile zigzag path leading through them and sizeable hedges bordering and sheltering the gardens.

The borders are filled with combinations of plants designed to give vibrant colors and structural interest in winter. They contain fiery colored dogwoods, mahonias, ‘whitewashed’ ornamental brambles, coppiced willows, viburnums and grasses. There are also excellent displays of attractive colorful tree barks from white Himalayan Silver Birches and copper coloured Tibetan Cherries, together with a good collection of winter flowering shrubs.

The gardens are a top UK spot for snowdrops, with many different varieties planted throughout the grounds.

Although good throughout all of the winter, February is a great time for seeing carpets of snowdrops in the gardens (which attract large numbers of visitors).

Location: Anglesey Abbey Gardens, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. CB25 9EJ

The gardens are near the village of Lode, which is quite close to the city of Cambridge (approximately 6 miles north east on the B1102 road).

UK OS Map reference: TL533622

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