"This is my first time here, but it won't be my last" Sara, Plymouth

Looking good in the Garden
July 2017


On the banks above the Water Garden (G05)* the Agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile, are producing globes of blue flowers and below, by the stream the Astilbeshave graceful feathery plumes in soft shades of pink, white and red.

On Beach Path (F12)* and Petry’s Path the mature Dogwoods (Cornus capitata, C.kousa & C.’Norman Hadden’) are laden with creamy white flower bracts, which become tinged with pink as the month progresses.  Two new additions to the garden are Cornus ‘Miss Satomi’ (L14)* with deep pink bracts and Cornus‘Venus’ (E14)* a new hybrid with extra large bracts.

Lomatia ferruginea (I13)* on Badger’s Walk is an unusual member of the Protea family from Chile.  The foliage is fern-like and deep green and the spidery flowers are scarlet with yellow centres.

The 2 acre of planting of Hydrangeas around Mallard Pond are now showing colour.  They were planted in 1949 and are hand-pruned in early spring to promote the abundant flower heads.  They are mostly vivid blue due to our acid soil.

By Mallard Bridge (G24)* there is a variety of plants flowering, incl. S African Wachendorfia thrysiflora (yellow flowers with large pleated leaves), Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats), purple flowered Lythrum virgatum, and Persicaria campanulata (soft pink flowers).

(* denotes grid ref. on garden map).