Europe Garden in Winter
As is the norm with naturalistic perennial and grass plantings, the Europe Garden is left to stand over the winter. The grasses continue to create the dominant visual effect, interspersed with the seed heads of flowering perennials.
By the end of January, although the grass Achnatherum calamagrostis continues to stand upright, the Molinias and Deschampsia deteriorate. At the end of January and early February, the whole gardens are cut back to ground level and all the biomass removed.
The deep green clipped box hedges are once again exposed and make a striking feature against the newly revealed ground. Clumps of Hawthorns also add to the three dimensional structure.
Below is a slideshow and gallery of photographs from the Europe Garden in winter. Click on an image to stop the slide show or to enlarge.