"Wonderful garden and thank you for being so dog-friendly!" A. Taylor
As you head out of the visitor centre and then turn left along Camellia Walk look out for the large stand of shrubby Verbena, Clerodendrum bungei (C05)* with its large heart-shaped leaves and wine-coloured fragrant flowers. This plant comes from China, as does its close relative Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii (B05 & D05)* which bears highly fragrant white star-shaped flowers in late summer followed by outstanding metallic blue berries in autumn.
At the top of the garden, the Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile or African Lily) are producing globes of blue flowers on long strong stems.
One of the most asked about plants in the garden, is Luma apiculata, an upright shrub or small tree species of the Myrtle family native to the central Andes. Its smooth cinnamon-coloured peeling bark is its most noticeable feature and at this time of year it produces a profusion of small white flowers which, on a warm day scent the air. It can be found throughout the garden.
Valley – Two acres of Hydrangeas take centre stage at this time of
year. They were planted in 1949 and are
hand-pruned in early spring to produce the abundant flower heads. They are mostly vivid blue due to our acid
soil and looking particularly stunning this year. Other hydrangeas of note
include H. aspera (H4) with its velvety soft leaves and massed displays of
pretty pale blue and pink flowers, H. quercifolia (H16) with panicles of creamy
white flowers and large oak like leaves and H. paniculata Vanille Frais a very
pretty hydrangea that bears large panicles of fluffy white flowers that turn
pink as they go through the summer.
(* denotes grid ref. on garden map).