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September’s “Plant of the Month”

September’s “Plant of the Month”

Is.... Schima wallichii var khasiana One of our champion trees here. It forms an impressive back drop and focal point in Skilton bay. A large evergreen tree with lush dark green almost tropical looking foliage. It should be ground in more gardens purely as a foliage...

Plant of the month for June

Plant of the month for June

The plant of the month for June is... Paulownia tomentosa (The Foxglove Tree) Despite the "Beast from the east" we have a good show of flowers from our "Foxglove"tree. A Chinese native, but introduced via Japan in 1834, grown for either its flowers or foliage. If...

Davidia involucrata bracts

Davidia involucrata bracts

Plant of the month for May is... Our Davidia is now in full flower. Or is it? The "Handkerchiefs" are actually bracts, which are modified leaves. The flower is in the centre of the two 'Leaves'. Ernest Wilson travelled some 2000 miles only to find the tree he was...

Plant of the month for April

Plant of the month for April

This time of year it's really hard to pick only one plant of the month. But when she is in flower (and to be honest even if she isn't) Rhododendron faconeri is just simply stunning. This Himalayan species introduction is usually credited to Sir Joseph hooker in 1850...

Plant of the month for March

Plant of the month for March

The plant of the month for March 2018 is… Rhododendron spinuliferum This unusual species originates in South Yunnan, China. I saw it growing on the side of roads, embankments and footpaths while travelling through Yunnan In February 2012. The leaves are bristly with...

Plant of the month for February is…

Plant of the month for February is…

Edgeworthia chrysantha Not sure why i haven't nominated this shrub before. She is a stunner. The clusters of heavily scented yellow flowers nod and fill the air during late winter. The flowers are coated in white/silvery hairs which is an added attraction during the...

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