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Looking good in the Garden August 2016

In the beds surrounding the Visitors’ Centre, many tender plants are now in flower, for example, the highly fragrant climbing Trachelospermum jasminoides; Convolvulus sabatius a scrambling N African plant with pretty soft blue trumpets; and 3 different types of Salvia, ‘Blue Note’ , ‘Night Moth’ and ‘Black & Blue’, with spires of tubular violet blue and purple flowers over a long period.

There is a large stand of shrubby Verbena, Clerodendrum bungei near the Visitors’ Centre (C05)* bearing 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.

Hydrangea Valley – Two acres of Hydrangeastake 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.

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