Winter sunshine and a crispy morning with blue skies provided perfect conditions to visit The Saville Garden. I’ve visited this garden on a few occasions as it is very accessible from London. The winter garden has been more recently developed since I last visited in the winter. If you are a member of the RHS you will also find a write up if it in the February edition of The Garden.
You will find the winter garden easily as it is visible as soon as you enter. You look from the top down onto the dogwood shown above looking spectacular in the winter light. The use of elevation and the stream running through the planting work really well and set it apart from other winter gardens I am familiar with at RHS Wisley and Kew Gardens.
The Garden is full of stems of Dogwood and Rubus and barks of Acers. I particularly liked the way most Acers were planted in groups of three and The Acer rufinerve yellow ribbon.
Witch Hazel is a common flower seen in most winter gardens but I have never seen it with lichen and I loved the Hamamelis x Intermedia Diane shown above.
It was just the winter garden looking good. The setting of the well maintained rose garden provided wonderful vistas and the intricate structure of the Wisteria Sinensis would give any maze a run for its money.