I visited Nymans recently, one of my local National Trust gardens in West Sussex.
The Camellia’s are flowering well. This particular one caught my eye – Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Pearl’. It’s a stunning camellia with masses of beautiful pink buds opening to semi double pure white flowers. It will also flower in absolute profusion over a long period in the cooler months of winter.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is the perfect winter shrub and I can see why it has been awarded an AGM by the RHS. The scent from the clusters of the small, sweetly scented, deep pink buds of Daphne Bholua made the walk a pleasure to the senses and I couldn’t help but linger by them for a while.
Many of the hardy Cyclamen were in also flower, naturalising perfectly under trees.
I’d encourage anyone on a dry, bright winters day to pop along to Nymans and enjoy the scent and colour of the many winter flowering shrubs and perennials. The garden is definitely worth a visit if you live close by.