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Hemerocallis exaltata

A giant of the genus

The fashion to breed tighter more compact plants for modern gardens by passed this species from Japan. Hemerocallis exaltata is a vigorous herbaceous plant, the flower spikes reaching…

Styrax officinalis

A warm temperate success

Styrax officinalis; a deciduous shrub with the most attractive white flowers. These are produced on the current season’s shoots. Initially a spherical creamy bud that on opening reveals…

Corylus ferox

Not for shelling

Corylus ferox is a native to the Himalayas and NW China, found in association with Acer, Viburnum, Hippophae, Salix, spp. Seed was collected from a 6m x 5m…

Poppies at the RBGE

Rosa sertata

Hip hip………………………………

Moving away from mid-summer and there are signs that autumn may soon be with us. An ungainly specimen of Rosa sertata is producing hips. These are a deep…

Lilium formosanum var. pricei


                  The mass planting of Lilium formosanum var. priceii in the peat walls is eye-catching. Two hundred or more trumpets…

Calceolaria integrifolia

Top o’ the mound to you

            Excelling in its position as dominant member of the tufa mound, the recently planted area in front of the alpine house, Calceolaria…

Gillenia trifoliata

Dancing white flowers

                  The delicate long light linear white petals making up the flowers of Gillenia trifoliata contrast with the red calyx….

Phacelia tanacetifolia. Photo by Tony Garn

A floral green manure

Phacelia tanacetifolia in full bloom on a patch of redundant ground is as rewarding a sight as you will see anywhere. Loved by pollinators due to the nectar…

Borage flowers. Photo by Tony Garn

Flavoursome addition to summer drinks

Hot days, shady spot in the garden, jug of refreshment on the table. The flowers of Borage, Borago officinalis are deemed an essential addition to long fruity beverages….

Eschscholzia californica. Photo by Tony Garn

Advantage anticyclone

Mediterranean and warm temperate species are taking advantage of this prolonged spell of hot dry weather to flower. We are observing an exceptional amount of flower on the…

Ligularia fischeri, at 9am. Photo by Tony Garn

Washing the garden

Sun wilt causes consternation when, on a warm day, leafy herbaceous stems flop. During the evening as the temperature drops the turgidity of the stems returns. The attached…

Philadelphus schrenkii. Photo by Tony Garn

The first square flower!

Tomato breeders eat your heart out; a naturally occurring square flower. Philadelphus schrenkii a native to Eastern and Northern Asia is flowering profusely in the Biodiversity Garden. Vigorous…

July 2013: Victoria amazonica

Giant Water Lily Victoria amazonica Family: Nymphaeaceae Description: The upper surface has a rather quilted appearance. The purplish-red under surface has a network of ribs, clad in abundant…

Red Thread July 2012. Photo by Tony Garn

Red thread on a green carpet

This wet summer has given us lush growth; it has also given ideal climatic conditions for the invasion of Red Thread, Laetisaria fuciformis, a fungal disease of turf…

Hydrangea heteromalla. Photo by Tony Garn

Light up a dark corner

Hydrangea heteromalla is flowering on the lower edge of the Chinese hillside. The large panicles of brilliant white flowers are setting off the canopy under which it grows….

Ophiopogon intermedius. Photo by Tony Garn

Ground cover potential

Tight growing and compact this Ophiopogon intermedius with its linear grass like foliage is a good ground cover plant with high drought tolerance. Once planted it will take…

Cornus capitata. Photo by Tony Garn

Bracts not petals

Cornus capitata has a wide range through SW China and the Himalayas. This evergreen, or in very cold winters semi evergreen, is found at lower elevations (around 2300m)…

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

July 2012: A scent of summer

Lavender is one of those easily propagated plants found in many British gardens, though native to the Mediterranean. It has one drawback: as it ages the plant becomes…

Dipsacus chinensis. Photo by Tony Garn

Salt and pepper

The terminal flower head of Dipsacus chinensis is worth growing this straggly lank herbaceous perennial for, alone. The plant itself will not look a picture in the border…