The middle walled garden at Trengwainton

Magnolia cylindrica in our middle walled garden here at Trengwainton © National Trust/Marina Rule

Magnolia cylindrica in our middle walled garden here at Trengwainton

In this small section of Trengwainton's Lower Walled Garden, you'll encounter plants that are native to New Zealand, Chile, Japan, the Canary Islands and China.

Originally known as 'Thomas' garden', it was named after G W Thomas who was head gardener here from 1934 to 1944.

From continent to continent

The Pseudopanax laetus with its waxy green leaves is a native of New Zealand, while the Eucryphia cordifolia with its flashy white spring flowers comes from Chile. 

Magnolia wieseneri, a native of Japan, has incredibly vibrant bottle-brush type stamens while Euphorbia mellifera hails from the Canary Islands.

Near to the entrance to the Walled Kitchen Garden is a Magnolia cylindrica - one of the best in the country. A native of China, its flowers come a little later than its larger, flashier magnolia cousins here at Trengwainton. April sees its branches covered in a mass of upright narrow white flowers which are beautifully scented.

Did you know?

Euphorbia mellifera is commonly known as Honey Spurge. Its flowers smell strongly of honey when they're in bloom.