In winter, the Asia Garden belongs to grasses. Unlike a lot of grass gardens that look good in winter, this doesn’t have large numbers of different species. There are only three or four grass species in the whole garden, but they are used in big masses, strips and blocks, or in regular patterns amongst the perennials: a completely different design approach to the way that grasses are used to create a meadow-like matrix in the Europe Garden.
Above: Hackenochloa macra turns a deep burnt brown by the late winter, and its arching ground-covering habit works perfectly with the concrete steps. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silver Feather’ is spectular in winter, with billows of ripe flowers and seed heads.
Below: Bands and strips of Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ give a strong structure to the Asia Garden, with stiff clumps of Calamagrostis brachytricha making an effective contrast.
Clumps of Calamagrostis brachytricha with the evergreen Box hedge behind, and upright Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Below is a gallery of photographs of the Asia Garden in winter. Click on an image to enlarge