"I think its a magical garden, I love it" Alice, aged 9
Outside the Visitor Centre by the Gunnera Fountain the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) has yellow green tulip-shaped flowers with a band of orange at the base and curiously shaped leaves. This tree is a member of the Magnolia family and comes from North America. On Petrys Path two mature Dogwoods are looking wonderful; Cornus kousa andCornus Norman Hadden, both with attractive creamy white flower bracts that turn pink as they mature. A recent introduction to Trebah, Cornus Miss Satomi above the amphitheatre, has dark rose-pink bracts and was named by a Japanese nurseryman after his granddaughter. Further down the Garden, the Hydrangeas are just starting to show colour. These were planted in the 1950s and are hand-pruned annually to produce immense flower heads.
If unusual plants are your passion, take a walk to Stuarts Hill to look at the four varieties of Schefflera planted there relatively new introductions to British gardens from Taiwan, they are grown for their striking foliage. Close by, look out forMelanoselinium decipiens a seldom seen architectural perennial from Madeira. The planting scheme by Mallard Bridge includes Wachendorfia thyrsiflora with longitudinally pleated leaves and large golden flower spikes and Watsonia Tresco Hybrid a very showy Gladioli-like plant. Both from South Africa. Also of note is theGolden Oats Grass (Stipa gigantea) one of the finest ornamental grasses with oat like flower panicles held aloft on 6ft high stems.