Creating winter interest in the garden

Emma’s talk at the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) London Winter Show in February 2015 gave visitors tips and inspiration for creating winter interest in their gardens.

The horticultural expertise was shared to create a naturalistic British winter garden using trees with interesting bark and silhouettes, shrubs with coloured stems and scented flowers and colourful ground cover.  On a smaller scale, the effect of creating tiers and layers of structural hedging, topiary combined with informal shrubs and ornamental grasses was illustrated.  Techniques were explained which can be adapted to rural and urban planting at large and small scales.

These ground level and aerial views of Emma’s walled terrace garden in snow clearing show the importance of design and structural planting.  Interest is held by the tiers of structural hedging, topiary and shrubs and the skeletal outlines of the trees rather than the flat planes of the neighbour’s gardens.

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