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The Empress of Winter, Plant (plants) of the month for November

The Empress of Winter, Plant (plants) of the month for November

The Empress of winter is a name given to Camellia sasanqua by the Chinese. It sums up what the plant has to offer. Lightening up a dull late autumn/early winters day with its cheerful flowers Camellia sasanqua is truly an empress. This season is proving to be...

October’s plant of the month is…

October’s plant of the month is…

Euonymus cornutus var. quinquecornutus This rare small shrub has a graceful, loose, weeping habit. The unusual flowers develop into fruit that appear as if a spider has attached the seed to the plant with a strand of web. They have been described a looking like "A...

Plant of the month for September

Plant of the month for September

Plant of the month for September is... Clematis 'Aureolin' (C.tangutica 'Aureolin') A dense, climbing, Clematis. An easy to grow and manage species (a good chop/hack down in late winter does the trick). The rich "Primrose" yellow, lantern like, flowers continue into...

Head gardeners “Plant of the Month” for August is…

Head gardeners “Plant of the Month” for August is…

Rhododendron "Polar Bear" Known for being a late bloomer, usually showing its colours towards the end of July, but this year she has only now started to bloom and it's mid August. R. Polar Bear is a particularly striking shrub/small tree. Its leaves are simple and...

Head Gardeners plant of the month for June

Head Gardeners plant of the month for June

The Head Gardeners plant of the month for June is.... Not a Rhododendron this time, the last two "Plant of the month"  have been all about the Rhododendron in the garden with an exceptional flowering season this year. This months winner is... Cornus kousa...

Plant of the month for May

Plant of the month for May

The head gardeners choice for plant of the month for May is... Rhododendron argyrophyllum ssp.argyrophyllum Bit of a mouth full but a stunning Rhodo. The underside of the foliage has lush silvery white indumentum (small hairs) to show off the baby pink bells that make...

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