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A Winter’s Stroll through London’s Garden Bridge

The Garden Bridge Trust has released a brand new image this week of the Bridge looking out over the cityscape in the middle of winter.

The image shows how people will still be able to enjoy the experience in the winter, as well as how the planting will look in the coldest months. The plants will include a mix of both British and north European native species combined with cultivated garden plants from all over the world.

Dan Pearson, the landscape designer for the garden, said: “Winter can be a beautiful time and we aim to make a stroll on the Garden Bridge a wonderful experience. The idea behind creating this garden is to create a space that will be interesting every day of the year. We hope to inspire people of all ages to take an interest in horticulture. Winter is a time for nourishment and renewal in British gardens and we have balanced this concept with plants that will bring vibrant colour and life to the garden. I look forward to seeing the plans come to fruition.”

Set to open to the public in 2018, the plants in the new green space have been selected for their colour and form throughout all the seasons and their ability to thrive in this location. This will include fruiting trees and shrubs, trees with coloured and textured bark, plants chosen specifically for winter flower and scent and a range of winter flowering bulbs, mingled with winter grasses and early spring flowering bulbs to create a series of interwoven layers.

Multi-stem and shrubs will also feature in the garden for their lower centre of gravity, making them more suitable to windy conditions, and plenty of berrying plants will feature for the birds, including crab apples which will provide a visual display of brilliant amber and red fruits during the winter months.

The hedges will contain a large proportion of evergreens providing a constant feature as the rest of the garden evolves through the seasons. They also provide winter cover for birds and other vertebrates allowing pollinators to move through the garden.

The perennial layer will provide maximum seasonal interest on the Bridge. The skeletal forms of grasses and the sculptural forms of perennial seed heads will provide shelter for insects and other wildlife.

Winter flowering cyclamen, irises, hellebores and snowdrops will provide colour at ground level, which will be followed by early spring flowering bulbs. By the time these are flowering, the winter buds of the magnolias will be swollen and heralding spring.

The planting team, which includes RHS Chelsea Best in Show winner Dan Pearson and critically acclaimed landscape contractor Willerby Landscapes, famed for their work at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park gardens, have recently selected one of the magnolia trees to live on the Bridge from Deepdale Nursery in Bedfordshire.

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