Magnificent magnolias at Lanhydrock

Magnolia Peter Veitch

Lanhydrock is famous for its large collection of magnolias – and now is the perfect time to see them. The giant white and pink blooms stand in impressive contrast to the bare tree branches around them.

What’s flowering now?

Our earliest flowering magnolia is a Campbell’s hybrid (Campbellii alba), which once flowered on 1 January. The other Campbell’s hybrids are all flowering now as well, and they’ll be followed in late spring by the sweetly scented Chinese magnolia and Wilson’s magnolia species.

Also in April and May you’ll see a number of our yellow flowering varieties, such as Yellow Fever, Elizabeth and Butterflies putting on their show.

Some superlatives

Our oldest magnolia is the Southern magnolia growing against the south-facing wall of the house, which is well into its second century.

Tommy Teagle, Lanhydrock’s Head Gardener believes that our prettiest magnolia is the Albatross. It was raised as a seedling at Trewithen, then planted and grown here to become a spectacular pure white, profusely-flowering tree.

Get the look at home

Cornwall’s wet weather conditions and free-draining soils suit magnolias well. If you’re looking for magnolias to grow at home then Star, which has white, star-shaped flowers, and Leonard Messel, which has pink, star-shaped flowers, are both easy to grow and flower well each spring.