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Eucalyptus coccifera. Photo by Tony Garn

Time to take stock

Walking through the garden you will notice plants that did not survive the severe winter weather. It is now time to be ruthless with the dieback that spoils…

Dianthus callizonus. Photo by Tony Garn

Bright and beautiful

An ideal descriptor for Dianthus callizonus growing tucked into the lee of a rock on a south face of the rock garden. Of low growing habit with terminal…

Atraphaxis frutescens. Photo by Tony Garn

A woody poly to go.

Atraphaxis frutescens is a woody member of the Polygonaceae family. A family more readily recognised for giant herbaceous invaders. A native to Central Asia through into Eastern Europe…

Philadelphus schrenkii. Photo by Tony Garn

Fragrant Phily

Planting of the Biodiversity Garden; the area of ground that reaches out to the south and east of the John Hope Gateway provided an opportunity for recently collected…

Schinus polygamus. Photo by Tony Garn

Buzzing with life

An unusual plant in cultivation; Schinus polygamus when observed on a warm day humming with bees and other pollinating insects deserves to be more widely planted. Growing through…

Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata'. Photo by Tony Garn

Favourite foliage

With mid summer approaching plants have taken the opportunity to maximise growth with the longer day length. Two plants with variegated foliage that lighten up dreary corners are…

Celmisia hookeri. Photo by Tony Garn

Snow white on the scree slope

Celmisia hookeri in full bloom on the scree at the rock garden is a stunning sight. A composite flower; the single layer of large ray florets are pure…

Rhododendron 'Persil' . Photo by Tony Garn

The Azalea bank

The deciduous Azaleas provide a reliable mass display of colour and fragrance. Mix and match from the early Mollis Hybrids leading through the Exbury and Occidentale Hybrids to…

Hemerocallis exaltata

Trumpeting summer

In the F beds near the Gateway building is a group of Hemerocallis exaltata, the flower stalks reach two meters and then the buds burst open. Each trumpet…

Valeriana officinalis

Scent, seed and a stink

Valeriana officinalis, a prolific seeder which is possibly why the geographical range is Eurasia. If you grow this herbaceous perennial you are in good company, found in the…

Hypericum forrestii and Tropaeolum speciosum

Continents collude

This eye catching combination of colour is a cross continent collusion. The shrubby support is Hypericum forrestii and the scrambler; Tropaeolum speciosum. This combination would not occur without…

Cytisus battandieri

For David and Jane; at midsummer, the scent of ripe pineapple

Scents are powerful joggers of memory and a place in time. Competing with the heavy lingering scent of Philadelphus at this time of year is Cytisus battandieri an…

Helichrysum ecklonis

Ecklon’s Everlasting

Helichrysum ecklonis named after Christian Friedrich Ecklon (1795 – 1868). A Dane who first visited South Africa in 1823 as an apprentice apothecary. Developing an interest in the…

Dust bowl

Papaver lateritium collected by Peter Davis on a river bank in the hilly Ikidere district of Rize in Eastern Turkey. Researching the flora of Turkey was Peter Davis’…

Diphylleia cymosa

On the Appalachian trail

Native to the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern North America; Diphylleia cymosa is an herbaceous member of the family Berberidaceae. A leafy perennial with large peltate leaves, deeply cut…

Scilla peruviana

A Mediterranean treat for the fine weather

At 4.30 am on the 29th May the sun rose and burnt a continuous groove in the sunshine recording card until a cloud passed over the garden at…

Geranium psilostemon - habit

Eyelashes to die for

Look into the carmine pink petals of Geranium psilostemon: the black lines spaced evenly and radiating out from the base to the tip of the petal resemble a…

Cardiocrinum giganteum

A giant lily with stature and scent

Cardiocrinum giganteum is one of the prizes of the Himalayan flora. Collections in the Garden have come from the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan in south-west China. In…

Iris pseudacorus

Native Yellow Flag Iris

Planted in groups through the garden and a common sight in less well drained locations around the country is one of our native Iris, Iris pseudacorus. Collections have…

Silybum marianum

An unaccessed hidden gem

A botanic garden holds a unique collection of plants. These are given individual accession numbers of eight digits: the first four refer to the year of introduction the…