Fennel and Fern Review

The gardens at Abbeywood in Cheshire have been around since the Edwardian era, but were extensively designed in 2003 on the advice of designer and writer David Stevens. Here’s a snappy tour of the gardens.

Glasshouse borders

These are planted in a naturalistic style with Narcissus, Tulips, Alliums and Camassia beginning the season, followed by perennials, including Nepeta, Hemerocallis ‘Corky’, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Knautia macedonica and Veronicastrum, interspersed with Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberspinne’.

Winter Fragrance

Lonicera x purpusii  ‘Winter Beauty’ sends the most wonderful fragrance across the garden on a warm Winters day.  Semi-evergreen, easy to grow and reaching about 8ft in height. It can be trimmed to be kept in a nice shape. From a distance though it looks nondescript, but on closer inspection small clusters of flowers are borne from December to March. And these are the reason I grow it in my woodland garden, the scent is amazing.