The later than usual arrival of spring is heralded by some great plant and flower combinations. Usually we have three distinct flowering periods during the spring. This starts with the Magnolia making a huge impression with their large flowers on naked stems standing out against the blue skies. Next comes Camellia and their flowers displayed against the glossy dark green foliage and then on to Rhododendron. These can look stunning in leaf and then bud showing the promise of a flower opening up to a multitude of colours and scent right through spring to early summer and beyond.

This season, with spring being “later” we have all three genus fighting for flowering supremacy all at once.

Who wins? You decide on your next visit.