|A beautiful magnolia in the coffee courtyard|
The magnolias have been gorgeous this year. This is Magnolia Leonard Messel.
We find with some new plants they are not hugely different from the original. I am referring to the vast array of Viburnum tinus varieties. 'Eve Price', 'Spirit', 'Gwendolin' and now 'Lisarose' which has recently appeared.
I presume them to more more compact in habit and slight variations in when they begin flowering. Lisarose is reputed to have a longer winter spring flowering period and the buds are tinged with a deeper pink.
|Viburnum tinus 'Lisarose'|
A new outstanding small evergreen new to us this year is Euonymus 'Paloma Blanca. A number of euronymus have really striking white fresh growth just as the Photinia 'Red Robin has striking red shoots. This is the most outstanding I have seen.
|Euonymus 'Paloma Blanca.|
It grows to about 50-70cm so it could make a very pretty little low hedge like we create with plants like box or sarcococca.
Just recently another new photina has appeared. Photina serratifolia 'Pink Crispy'
|Photina 'Pink Crispy'|
We are all familiar with Erysimumn Bowles Mauve a perennial wall flower developed by a relative a Camilla Parker Bowles. This is one of the most profusely flowering perennials. I find it flowers almost continually for about three years and then its exhausted. It has no special requirement surviving really well in my heavy clay soil. I feel for that much colour its worth replacing and have done so on mass.
|Erysimum Apricot Twist|
|Erysimum Red Jep|
Whilst we love flowers the unsung heroes of the plant world are the magnificent green ferns, frothy grasses, and study conifers.These tend to be overlooked when they are crucial to a good garden in my opion.
Catching my eye at the moment are some amazing conifers that I would just love in my garden. Take a little look at these two lollipop specimens in a range of grafted sizes starting about 4ft.
|Pinus nigra Pierrich bregeon Brepo|
|Thuja plicata Whipchord|
To some this thuja may just remind them of a bad hair day! Its so tactile you have to touch its stringy form.
New to us this year you may have found our pond and marginal plants departments. We have also set up beds for shade and scented plants and hope this is helpful. The fresh range of Herbs are out on new beds close to the shrub beds and you may have noticed we have some beautiful cloud trees. In case you have not come accross these before they are large evergreen shrubs shaped in the form of clouds, its a form of large topiary.
|Osmanthus Cloud Tree|
They look incredibly dramatic in an architectural sense and can be planted in a container or in the garden just like any other shrub. We also have a substantial range of larger grown shrubs.
Whether your looking for summer bedding, vegetable plants, fruit trees,hedging, shrubs, ornamental trees, or beautiful perennial hopefully we've got it covered and you will not be disappointed and the coffee is good too!