Summer seems to have arrived! Here are some details of our most interesting plants within the garden in June.
Large flower spikes can be found in the car park, both plants are native to Chile and are mostly pollinated by hummingbirds. The yellow flowered plant is Puya chilensis and the turquoise flowered plant is Puya berteroniana.
Recent clearance of the Laurel has opened the views across the Tree Fern Pit, which is said to be the finest collection of Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antartica) in the Northern Hemisphere. The new fronds of the ferns are unfurling and look fresh and vibrant against the dark, rough trunks. The collection distributes spores freely and many young ferns are to be found in this vicinity. Also within the Pit are two large ‘Champion’ Magnolias.
To the North of the pond can be found a spectacular, red flowered, large shrub, Rhododendron Tally Ho Group. It is a hybrid between two species, Rhododendron facetum and Rhododendron griersonianum.
On the North Walk the commonly named Big Leaved Magnolia (Magnolia obovata (syn. hypoleuca)) has the widest girth of all specimens in the British Isles! Native to Japan, a sweet scent comes from the flowers, which are currently on the tree.
Meanwhile behind the walled garden, Fuschia ‘Lady Boothby is starting to bloom and will continue to do so for quite a few months, which makes this a very garden worthy plant.
There’s always something different to look at around the garden, there are more changes to look forward to.
Gunnera manucata with its huge leaves acts as a backdrop to the pond, which is planted with Waterlillies (Nymphaea cvt.) and these will come into flower over the next few weeks.
The long border by the rock garden will soon come into it’s own; we have started using herbaceous summer flowering plants to add colour to this part of the garden during the hottest months of the year.