If you fancy a trip to a nursery for a spot of winter plant inspiration, Petersham Nursery next to the Thames in Surrey, is the place for you.
Though it’s called a nursery the description doesn’t quite fit, it’s much more than that. They sell plants, and plenty of other lovely stuff, but it’s also somewhere for planting ideas and inspiration. There are zinc topped tables dotted around and covered in lovely things.
- Skimmia: evergreen shrubs with glossy leaves and sprays of tine pale green or white flowers.
- Euphorbia: silver grey whorls of leaves that have lime-green flowers in spring, the leaves look pretty with a dusting of frost or covered in raindrops, so there’ll be lots of opportunity for this. I have lots in my garden, they must have sun.
- Trailing ivy: always looks good in containers and window-boxes.
- Box balls: clipped topiary is a classic for good structural shape all year round.
All these shrubs and the ivy make good structural shapes throughout the year, buy them small for containers and plant them in the garden when they get bigger.
Decorative pieces like this look good in a garden at any time of year, even better if you have a plinth or spare post to fix them on to.
The shop is full of lovely things, there’s a restaurant, confusingly called The Cafe, but there’s also a less formal Teahouse.
Find out more about Petersham Nurseries here.
There’s lots of useful information in a previous post about planting containers for winter.
images: Jill Anderson.