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Looking good in the Garden 

August 2018

As you leave the Visitor Centre and turn left, look out for the stand of shrubby Verbena, Clerodendrum bungei (C05)* with large heart-shaped leaves and wine-coloured fragrant flowers.  This plant is a native of China, as is its exotic 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.

One of the most asked about plants in the garden, is Luma apiculata, an uptright 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.

This is most definitely the time of year when the Hydrangeas take centre stage at Trebah.  They are a little bit behind this year because of the very dry weather. The massed planting of mostly vivid blue mopheads at the bottom the garden was planted in 1949 and are hand-pruned in early spring to produce the display of abundant flower heads which will perpetuate long into autumn.

By Mallard Bridge there are many interesting herbaceous plants, including Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’, Pontederia cordata (an aquatic plant with blue flower spikes above heart-shaped leaves), Wachendorfia thrysifolia (from S Africa with large pleated leaves and yellow star-shaped leaves) and Lythrum virgatum (a Loosestrife with tall spikes of purple flowers) to name but a few.

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