June news from the garden

Now its early summer we thought we’d share some details of some of the most interesting plants that can be seen in Trewidden Garden in June.

In the Car Park we now have four large flower spikes; two yellow flowered Puya chilensis and two turquoise flowered Puya berteroniana. Both plants are native to Chile and are mostly pollinated by hummingbirds.

Recent clearance of Laurel has opened the views across the Tree Fern Pit, which is said to be the finest collection of Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antartica) in the Northern Hemisphere. The new fronds of the ferns are unfurling and look fresh and vibrant against the dark, rough trunks. The collection distributes spores freely and many young ferns are to be found in this vicinity; it’s a great weed to have! The two large trees within the Pit are both ‘Champion’ Magnolias.

Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ (common name is Bowles’ Golden Grass after the famous plantsman who extolled the plants virtues) can be found near the Garden Drive and is one of the few true grasses that like to grow in dappled shady conditions and has delicate flower spikes that are just emerging.

 The Higher Garden boasts Cornus kousa with its striking white bracts (leaves which act like a flower). It is native to Japan, Korea and South West China and the flowers are eventually followed by red, strawberry-like fruits.

To the north of the pond is a hybrid Rhododendron Tally Ho Group (a hybrid between two species, Rhododendron facetum and Rhododendron griersonianum ) and is a spectacular red flowered large shrub, while Gunnera manicata with its huge leaves acts as a backdrop to the pond which is planted with Waterlilies (Nymphaea cvt.) that will come into flower over the next few weeks.

In the North walk there is a Magnolia obovata (syn. hypoleuca) is from Japan and this specimen has the widest girth in the British Isles. Commonly called the Big Leaved Magnolia, the sweet scent comes from the flowers, which are cRhododendron 'Tally Ho'urrently on the tree.

 The long border of the Walled Garden will soon start to come into its own as we have started using herbaceous summer flowering plants to add colour to this part of the garden during the hottest months of the year, and behind the Walled Garden, Fuchsia  ’Lady Boothby’ is starting to bloom and will go on doing so for quite  a few months: a very garden worthy plant.

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