Designing and Creating a Winter Garden

Sally Gregson
To create a garden that gives pleasure throughout the year is the goal of every garden-maker. The greatest designers maintain that it is the garden in winter that sets the scene for the remainder of the year. Designing and Creating a Winter Garden takes the reader through the process of designing a new garden from scratch or re-working an existing garden, with winter as the key, formative season. The first part of the book deals with design considerations and ideas, including: assessing the site and its opportunities and constraints; designing the basic framework for winter; making use of low, winter light and using sparkling colour; pots, containers and statuary in the garden, and finally the maintenance of the garden in winter. The second part comprises a detailed catalogue of suggested plants and their uses, grouped into: evergreens; winter-flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, including those that are strongly scented; shrubs with coloured and textured bark and finally, unusual, striking plants to use as focal points. This book sets out to inspire both garden designers and enthusiastic gardeners to create a garden that is as captivating in winter as it is during the remainder of the year.
Designing and Creating a Winter Garden by Sally Gregson

About the author

Sally Gregson ran Mill Cottage Plants nursery for over thirty years, having trained professionally at Hadlow College, Kent, and exhibited at the major flower shows, including Hampton Court Palace. With her husband, Peter, she opened the garden under the NGS Yellow Book scheme. She has written several gardening books and continues to lecture throughout the UK and abroad, as well as writing for national gardening magazines.

Press Reviews

So I was very keen to see Sally’s new book and, after reading it, I can say that it’s delightful and will be of enormous use to both new and experienced gardeners. This book will be supremely useful to gardeners of all levels. I know it will always give me, and so many others, a feeling which Sally describes upon seeing the first bulb shoots in January: ‘simply joyous’.

- Rosemary FitzGerald, Hardy Plant Society Journal.