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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)…

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…

Iris ensata var. spontanea. Photo by Tony Garn

The Japanese Water Iris

A late flowering display of Iris is always welcome in the garden and Iris ensata var. spontanea in the Biodiversity garden fulfils this task admirably. Collected in Japan…

Thymus praecox ssp. polytrichus. Photo by Tony Garn

A favourite of bees and chefs.

Thymus praecox ssp. polytrichus is one of the 250 or so species that make up this genus. This is a ground hugging woody perennial, rarely making 35mm in…

Napoleonaea vogelii. Photo by Tony Garn

Sea Anemone

Napoleonaea vogelii in the Orchids and Cycads House has one of the strangest flowers. It bears the most amazing resemblance to a Sea Anemone. The flower is a…

Liriodendron tulipifera foliage following heavy rain. Photo by Tony Garn

Torrential rain and twisted leaves

Much needed rain fell during the past week. After a prolonged dry period the soil bakes and ideally gentle rain is needed to allow rainwater to absorb into…

Tomato sun wilt. Photo by Tony Garn

Sun wilt

High temperatures and intense sun have consequences. This is often seen in early afternoon where direct bright sun has shone on unprotected leafy material. Superficial wilt occurs which…

Carrierea calycina. Photo by Tony Garn

A rare first flowering

Planted in 1996 and fourteen years later Carrierea calycina produces its first flowers. The tree in the Garden at the base of the Chinese hillside is a male;…

Galtonia candicans

Candelabra effect

Fleshy flower spikes sent from zero to 1.7meters in the space (it seems) of days. Galtonia candicans sheltered in the glasshouse borders has reached flowering stage. The upturned…

Nymphaea alba

European Water Lily

The European Water lily, Nymphaea alba graces still freshwater with its pure white flowers. A cosmopolitan plant that is found through Eurasia and into North Africa. Preferring a…

Phygelius aequalis

The original Phygelius

A popular plant for summer borders and now bred to visually stun garden centre patrons in various colours. A walk in the rock garden will enlighten you to…

Hosta aff rhodeifolia

Oh Ho

In the upper woodland is a spectacular and colourful group of Hosta aff. rhodeifolia. A strong growing herbaceous clump with mid green leaves and stunning off blue flower…

Sanguisorba hokusanensis

Sanguisorba; cartoon character

There is a large patch of Sanguisorba hakusanensis planted to the west of the Garden in F05. Looking at the flowers sitting atop the foliage they could be…

Dierama pendulum

It’s all in the detail

Dierama pendulum is a fabulous plant from the Cape of South Africa. From the base of the long linear foliage the tall statuesque arching flower spikes emerge. White…

Aruncus dioicus

Plumes of bloom

Aruncus dioicus, from its dense woody herbaceous rootstock, develops into a mass of foliage bedecked with plumes of white flowers. Reaching 2 metres and as much across, much…

Chordospartium stevensonii

Will Derek travel home?

This is the year of the Homecoming; a year when the Scots Diaspora are encouraged to return to the country of their roots. Over the weekend of 25…

Clethra delaveyi

Sea-washed bark

Late July sees Clethra delaveyi clothed in long racemes of scented flowers. These are held gracefully at the ends of the shoots. The fused, cupped white petals shelter…

Castanea sativa

Castanea sativa, the Sweet Chestnut

Castanea sativa is a dominant tree with deeply fissured and twisting bark. The mature specimen at the rock garden divides into three giant limbs at a height of…