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Looking good in the Garden
November 2017


Outside the Visitors Centre (C04)* some of the southern hemisphere plants are starting to flower: Correa backhouseana known as Australian Fuchsia, Grevillea rosmarinifolia, which has needle-like leaves and is easily mistaken for Rosemary if it wasn’t for its exotic curling crimson flowers and Grevillea victoriae (named after Queen Victoria) with showy clusters of pendant bright apricot flowers and silvery foliage.

At the very top of Lawn Path (D04)* look out for the highly unusual bright turquoise berries surrounded by maroon calyces (modified leaves) on the Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii from Japan & China.

Along Fox Path the dainty flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium are growing under the trees.  We’ve planted over 1000 in the garden and they form a tapestry of colour.  Close by at the beginning of Radiata Path (E07)* the oldest camellia at Trebah, Camellia sasanqua ‘Crimson King’ believed to be over 90 yrs old heralds in the camellia season with its bright crimson flowers.  By the Stumpery (H07)* Camellia sasanqua ‘Dazzler’ is justifying its name with a show of bright pink flowers.

The massed planting of Hydrangeas at the bottom of the garden are still showing colour; we believe the pale blue are a variety called H.macrophylla ‘Générale Vicomtesse de Vibraye’ bred in 1909 in France.  We have added some wonderful Hydrangea paniculata cultivars to our collection and these can be found on Petry’s Path (I11)* and at the very end of Davidia Walk (H25)*

* denotes grid square reference on map