"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight" C.Sanders, Hampshire
On the beds outside the café some of the southern hemisphere plants are entering their flowering period, of note are: Grevillea victoriae (silver foliage & apricot coloured flowers) and Correa backhouseana (cream bell-shaped flowers). Strobilanthus attenuata from Nepal has rich purple hooded flowers and grows well in shade.
At the top of Lawn Path by the picnic area (D04)* look for Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii from China; it will produce extraordinary vivid turquoise berries with maroon leaf calyxes as the month progresses.
Around the Chris Cross (E10)*, Ageratina ligustrinum the highly fragrant Incense Bush is filling the air with its perfume. There are many Japanese Maples in this are which display a wonderful spectrum of colours this autumn.
Along Badger’s Walk (H09)* the impressive huge leaves of a hardy exotic, Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ (Rice-paper Plant) are eye-catching and further down the Garden on the path that runs through the Amphitheatre, look for 2 x Wollemi Pines (H17). These distant relatives of the Monkey Puzzle Tree are some of the world’s oldest and rarest trees; discovered in 1995 and hitherto thought to be extinct, the species date back some 200 million years!
The massed planting of Hydrangeas around Mallard Pond (planted in 1949) will continue to look colourful long into the autumn. The different shades of blue fade into a spectrum of violet, grey and even turquoise as the nights become cooler.
Look out for Cyclamen hederifolium, with its fragrant pink and white flowers that carpet the floor in various areas around the garden.
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