"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 N America.
On the rockery above the top lawn (F04)* the Agave americana known as the Century Plant as it is very slow growing, sent up a flower spike in October resembling a giant asparagus spear. The bud is slowing opening and clusters of yellow flowers will appear. Agaves are monocarpic meaning they bloom just once in their lifetime and will die after flowering.
The Water Garden is looking superb – as the drifts of Candelabra Primulas fade, the cream, yellow and green striped leaves of Iris pseudacorus ‘Variegata’ provide striking contrast to surrounding plants such as the Arum lilies, Astilbes (feathery flowers) and Rheum palmatum (palmate leaves with rosy purple undersides).
The Dogwoods are looking wonderful; Cornus kousa and Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’ (F14)* both with attractive creamy white flower bracts that turn pink as they mature. A recent introduction to Trebah, Cornus‘Miss Satomi’ (L14)* above the amphitheatre, has dark rose-pink bracts and was named by a Japanese nurseryman after his granddaughter.
If unusual plants are
your passion, take a walk to Stuarts Hill (H08)* to look at the four varieties
planted there – relatively new introductions to British gardens from Taiwan,
they are grown for their striking foliage. Close
by; look out for Melanoselinium decipiens (Madeira Giant Black Parsley) a seldom
seen architectural perennial with large umbels of pink flowers.
(* denotes grid ref. on garden map).