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The Winter Garden

A little jewel box of a garden that sparkles most brightly during the gloomy days of winter.

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Around the corner behind Lee Hall lies a little jewel box of a garden, and it sparkles most brightly during the gloomy days of winter. The Winter Garden, developed by Head Gardener Phil Stigwood, is a quiet spot tucked-away from the main College Gardens. It's a spot where students and other Wolfson members can often be found sitting on a bench reading or just enjoying the colours of flowers, bark and berries. Scroll down for more images of the plants found here.

 

 
TREES
SCENTED SHRUBS
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’ (hybrid) (pink-scarlet branches/buds/snakeskin bark) Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet)
A. davidii ‘George Forest’ (snakeskin bark, purple) Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

A. griseum paperbark maple

D. mezereum Rubra
A. palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ Japanese maple D. odora ‘Aureomarginata’
A. Sango-Kaku coral bark maple Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ and ‘Aphrodite’ (witch hazel)
Betula albosinensis ‘Septentrionalis’ Chinese red bar birch (pink-cream bark) Osmanthus x burkwoodii
B. nigra ‘Heritage’ river birch (cream shaggy bark) Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’
B. utilis ‘Forest Blush’ (pink bark) Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Purple Stem’ (sweet box)
Fraxinus excelsior 'Jaspidea' Golden ash Viburnum x burkwoodii
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ sweet gum V. x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Pink Japanese Prunus grafted onto Serrula trunk V. x b. ‘Charles Lamont’
Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ (contorted stems) V. plicatum ‘Maresii’ snow shrub/wedding cake shrub
P. ‘Tai-haku’ great white cherry
COLOURFUL SHRUBS
P. serrula Tibetan cherry (shiny mahogany bark)  Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer ‘(fastigiata) ornamental pear Berberis darwinii Darwin's barberry
Salix x sepulcralis ‘Erythroflexuosa’ willow (orange) Choisia ‘Sundance’ Mexican orange
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’ small-leaved lime Corokia ‘Frosted Chocolate’ and ‘Banana Royal’
  Eucalyptus gunnii (pollarded) cider gum
DWARF CONIFERS
Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’
Abies nordmanniana ‘Golden Spreader’ Nordmann fir Hebe ‘Red edge’ and ‘Silver dollar’
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Pembury Blue’ Lawson's cypress Ilex ‘Golden King’, aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’, and ‘Ferrox argentia’ hedgehog holly
C. pisifera ‘Aurea’ Sawara cypress I. crenata ‘Golden Gem’ Japanese golden bBox
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’ Japanese cedar Lophomyrtus x raphii ‘Magic Dragon’ and ‘Black Pearl’
Juniperus ‘Sulphur Spray’ Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ (scarlet), ‘Obsessed’ (purple), ‘Twilight’ (variegated), ‘Gulf stream’ (orange), and ‘Lemon and Lime’ heavenly bamboo
J. horizontalis ‘Ice Blue’ creeping juniper Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ and ‘Variegata’ holly olive
J. procumbens ‘Variegata’ variegated Japanese juniper Phormium ‘Cream Delight’, ‘Sundowner’, ‘Tricolour’, ‘Jester’, ‘Platts Black’ and ‘Maori Sunrise’ New Zealand flax
Picea pungens 'Globosa' blue spruce Photinia ‘Pink Crispy’, ‘Pink Marble’ and ‘Red Robin’
P. p. ‘Hoopsii’ Colorado spruce Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Warnham Gold’, ‘Irene Patterson’, ‘Golf Ball’ and ‘Collaig Silver’
Pinus mugo ‘Wintergold’ Mugo pine Taxus standshii flagpole yew
P. sylvestris ‘Watereri’ Walter pine Yuca baccata ‘Banana’
Thuja plicata ‘Goldy’ western red cedar SHRUBS WITH COLOURFUL STEMS
T. ‘Rheingold’ and ‘Fire chief’ Cornus ‘Annie’s Orange’ (bright orange) bloodtwig dogwood
T. smaragd ‘Variegata’ and ‘Aurea’ C. alba ‘Kesselringii’ (purple-black) osier dogwood
GROUND COVER
C. a. sibirica (scarlet)
Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (orange-pink)
C. oshimensis ‘Everillo’,‘Evergold’, ‘Everest’ and ‘Eversheen’ Japanese sedge C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (yellow)
C. testacea ‘Prairie Fire’ sedge Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Corkscrew Hazel)
Dryopteris erythrosora rosy buckler fern Jasmine nudiflorum (bright green)
Erica darleyensis ‘Darley Dale’ and ‘Kramers Red’ heather Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’  golden crookstem bamboo (yellow canes with green grooves)
Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’ P. bambusoides ‘All Gold’
Helleborus niger Christmas rose P. nigra black-caned bamboo
H. orientalis lenten rose Rubus ‘Golden Vale’ (chalk white)
Heuchera ‘Blackberry jam’, ‘Citronelle’ and ‘Forever purple’ R. niveus (polished purple)
Heucherella ’Redstone falls’, ‘Yellowstone Falls’, ‘Sweet Tea’, ‘Solar Eclipse’, Tapestry’, ‘Brassy Lantern’ and ‘Buttered Rum’ R. phoenicolasium Japanese wineberry (red)
Iris unguicularis snow iris BERRIES;
Libertia peregrinans ‘Gold finger’ Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ (bright purple)
Liriope muscari ‘Big blue’ lily turf Ilex holly (red)
L. m. ‘Monroe White’ Sorbus ‘Vilmorinii’ (pink-red)
Luzula sylvatica ’Aurea’ great wood rush Symphoricarpus ‘Pink Snowberry’
Ophiopogan planiscapus ‘nigrascens’ black mondo grass  
Primula vulgaris primrose CLIMBERS
Pulmonaria lungwort (silver leaf; red, white, pink and blue flowering) Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’
Vinca minor ‘Illumination’ Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’ Persian ivy
BULBS Jasmine ‘Fiona Sunrise’ jasmine
Chinodoxa glory of the snow (white, pink and blue)  
Crocus (white, purple, blue)  
Cyclamen (pink)  
Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops)  
G. Elwessii  
Leucojum (snowflakes)  
Muscari ‘Mount Hood’ grape hyacinth (sky-blue, white tip)  
M. ‘Siberian Tiger’ (white)  
M. ‘Valerie Finnis’ (pale blue)  
Narcissus 'Tete a Tete', 'Jetfire', 'Minnow' and 'February Gold' (dwarf daffodils)  
Puschkinia libanotica Russian snowdrop (white, blue stripes)  
Scilla sibirica Siberian squill (blue)  
Tulipa ‘Ballerina’