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Viburnum buddlejifolium. Photo by Tony Garn

Better in bud

With leaves unfurling and flower buds poised to burst Viburnum buddlejifolium is an open growing wide spreading semi evergreen shrub native to Central China. In its present stage…

Primula marginata foreground P. marginata 'Inshriach Form' background. Photo by Tony Garn

A poor year for old crocks

The extended cold has taken a toll on clay pots. These pots are absorbent and susceptible to freezing and thawing temperatures. Dependant on the kiln temperatures when fired…

Helleborus x hybridus. Photo by Tony Garn

Best black from Belgium

Hellebore seed gifted from a contact in Belgium was sown six years ago in the nursery. The resultant seedlings were grown on and flowered for the first time…

Clematis afoliata. Photo by Tony Garn

All a tangle

This is a Clematis like no other; a leafless tangle of green reed like stems. The scandent growth mounds over itself reaching 1.5metres in height. A native to…

Aipyanthus pulchra. Photo by Tony Garn

A Georgian gem

Aipyanthus pulchra was growing in association with Daphne, Pulsatilla, Scabiosa in grassland when collected on Mt Kazbegi in Georgia at 2298 metres. Found throughout the Caucasus and western…

Osmanthus decorus. Photo by Tony Garn

What a difference a few days make

Leaving Scotland’s driest and sunniest month of March since 1929 for the east winds that turned the balmy high teen temperatures we had been used to for 10…

Magnolia campbellii 'Charles Raffill'. Photo by Tony Garn

Traditional bedding

The two strips of planting leading into the Temperate Palm House represent spring bedding at its best. These two cultivars; Polyanthus ‘Crescendo Yellow’ and Tulip ‘Purple Prince’ make…

Rhododendron campanulatum ssp campanulatum. Photo by Tony Garn

Perfect petals

Rhododendron campanulatum ssp. campanulatum is found throughout the Himalayas. Seeds were collected in Nepal from a collection made at c. 3500 metres. This seed has grown into a…

Magnolia salicifolia. Photo by Tony Garn

Colour in the copse

The path leading into the copse from the south is the most colourful approach to this area of the garden. The mass of of yellow with a comparable…

Rhododendron recurvoides. Photo by Tony Garn

Three stunners to herald spring

Pulsatilla turczaninovii is a native to the grassy slopes of E & N Asia into Siberia. It is a herbaceous clump former amassed with flowers. The sepals a…

Fritillaria imperialis 'Orange Beauty'. Photo by Tony Garn

A crown at the Royal

Towering through the Herbarium border is the bright flowered Fritillaria imperialis ‘Orange Beauty’. These “Crown Imperials” are members of the Liliaceae family. ‘The terminal head of flowers is…

Salix sphenophyllum. Photo by Tony Garn

Arctic willow

Collected from the North eastern area of the Russian Federation; Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsklly, Salix sphenophylla is a prostrate hugging deciduous sub shrub. More used to a boreal maritime…

Selection of wild collected Primula alllionii

Gold for the Alpine team

A fine start for the Alpine team at the garden. The team have won gold medals for displays of alpines at Stirling, Hexham and Edinburgh this year. These…

Forsythia x. intermedia 'Karl Sax'. Photo by Tony Garn

Mini and maxi – blasts of yellow

Narcissus minor; one of the compact members of the genus is always a reliable species to flower. Preferring an open position in full sun it is flowering in…

Thermopsis villosa

Spring temperatures and still the need for a thermos?

Thermopsis villosa a native to the coastal states of south eastern USA where it is found growing in forest clearings. The rhizomatous herbaceous growth shoots away in April…

Rhododendron arboreum ssp cinnamomium var roseum

Two Rocks and a Schilling

Growing in the copse are progeny of Joseph Rock’s selection of Rhododendron adenosum, collection number 18228 from the mountains of Sichuan province, China. Grow in open woodland where…

Aristolochia manshuriensis

A plantsman’s plant

All the way from the South Korean countryside, Aristolochia manshuriensis is worth growing against a west facing wall for the unusual flower structure. The calyx is an inflated…

Lunaria rediviva seedlings

Honesty enduring

Perennial Honesty is a plant of the cottage garden. Scented flowers reliably produced on this herbaceous member of the Cruciferae family. The plant of Lunaria rediviva in this…

Osmunda regalis 'Hillii'

Musical notes with a frond melody

Osmunda regalis ‘Hillii’ is a cultivar of the deciduous species. As shoots sprout from the base the growing points elongate and unfurl at different rates. These shoots are…

East gate entrance: Rhododendron rubiginosum var rubiginosum and Prunus x yedoensis in foreground

Dandelion days

The Easter weekend looms closer. Traditionally the time to take the garden seriously again. Where soil has not been prepared through the winter this long weekend allows catch…