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Crab apple Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ provides colour for one of the many garden sculptures made from concrete and reconstituted stone, which has aged beautifully. The barley twist chimney of the viewing pavilion was added by Ethel Labouchere. Behind it the skeletal forms of trees make for a dramatic winter setting. In summer, Wisteria sinensis helps to soften the grey wall of the walled garden; in winter its gnarled branches add to the charm of the winter garden. Stems and seedheads, including those of Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’, are left standing over winter. Facing page In winter there are few plants visible apart from the topiary, but the borders contain burgundy from frosted bergenia leaves and the vibrant lime green of euphorbias.