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GARDEN OF THE MONTH
by Alice Bowe of the Garden Boutique

   

This month's featured garden is The Dell Garden in Bressingham, Norfolk – a family garden which was first planted in 1955 and has since grown to encompass a 14-acre treasure trove of plants, with over 8,000 species and varieties of plants in six gardens: The Dell Garden, The Summer Garden, The Winter Garden, The Fragrant Garden, Foggy Bottom and Adrian's Wood.

Although there is something new to discover at The Dell Garden every season, my favourite time to visit is in the winter. At this time of year, the National Miscanthus Collection in the Summer Garden is looking fantastic - cocooned as it is by the structural seedheads of summer flowering perennials.

Try to visit on a crisp frosty day to see the garden at its best, when the winter structure of these elegant plants is simply breathtaking. The young Winter Garden opposite goes from strength to strength as it matures.

Now established 5 years, it is a great point of reference for anyone planning a Winter Garden of their own, showcasing both traditional and contemporary plant associations that combine textured barks, coloured stems, heaths and evergreen grasses.

Even in the depths of the winter, this is a garden worth travelling to visit, and should keep you engrossed for a good couple of hours before you retire to the associated garden centre and restuarant. For those travelling from further afield, it is worth noting that Bressingham Hall also offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Bressingham are a collection of gardens to return to throughout the year. The newest addition to this constantly evolving garden is the Fragrant Garden, which the family started replanting in 2006. I can’t wait to see how it blossoms.

OTHER WINTER GARDENS

Anglesey Abbey (Cambridgeshire)
RHS Rosemoor (Devon)
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum (Hampshire)
Belsay Hall (Northumberland)
St Andrews Botanic (Scotland)
Battersea Park (London)

Previous Gardens of the Month

Helmingham Hall
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew