garden photography: an english winter garden

In January I’m looking for a Winter Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about winter gardens. You can interpret this any way you want; a garden in winter, winter flowers, or plants in a glasshouse)

View Point Bench
View Point Bench – RHS Wisley

The palette of a winter garden in England becomes subtle – no longer the colours of the rainbow, but muted greys, greens and browns.

Muted colours
Muted colours

The finer details that may go unnoticed at busier times of the year now come into their own. The patina of moss and lichens on an old stone wall or between cobbles; the pattern of an old brick Victorian pathway; statues and sculptures no longer hidden by shrubs and flowers reveal their shape and beauty.

A striking shadow of a curved branch.

winter (5)

Mossy branches, dried seed-heads, fragrant witch-hazel and skimmia and mahonia, the bright cheerful colour of cornus stems.

The luminosity of a hellebore flower…

and pretty pink cyclamen poking through the mulch of leaves beneath the winter-bare broadleaved woodland trees;


the sculptural form of an ancient oak tree and knobbly lindens; blue sky and white clouds behind a twisted framework of naked branches.

Columns or clouds of neatly trimmed box and yew and beech.  Shadows formed by a low slung sun among the gnarled trunks of old apple trees in an age-old orchard.


You may think an English winter garden is boring. But look again.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it JanuaryWinter Gardens
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in February.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.


Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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