A June flowering update.
Despite the recent heavy rain and wind the rhododendron display in the wild garden is still decorating the main drive, with an array of colours along with a number of flowering specimen trees. Take time to step out of the wild garden to explore other areas of the park to enjoy the natural display of wild flowers
Rhododendrons & Azaleas
All colours of the rainbow are lighting up the wild garden with different hues of red, orange, pink and white all on show.
A natural arch of colour marks the entrance to the main area of the wild garden, where you will be greeted by combinations of yellows and orange azaleas providing the perfect picture. The strong scents of some of these plants have the ability to stop you in your tracks.
The purple flowering rhododendron ponticum dominates the view from both viewing towers in the wild garden and also is a major player along the main drive combining nicely with the various varieties of the arboreum and the bright coloured azaleas.
The red flowered ‘Britannia’ which covers the top half of summerhouse valley is starting to show its colours and many more varieties are still only in bud so there is much more to come.
You can walk with the head gardener every Tuesday at 2pm during the rhododendron season, cost £5.
More highlights from the Wild Garden
The handkerchief and Chilean lantern trees are slightly hidden away from the main drive, so do ask in the visitor centre for directions to these flowering specimens. Both live up to their names with the white flowers (technically bracts) of the handkerchief tree blowing gently in the wind and a group of mass red flowering lantern trees in a clearing near the northern viewing tower.
Magnolias can still be seen in flower look out for the saucer-shaped flowers of wilsonii and sieboldi. Both can be seen in the secret garden where two species of enckianthus are also in flower. Green alkanet is flourishing along many of the paths along with a number of rowan trees, which can also be seen out in the wider estate.
Buttercups have turned the bulk of the parkland into sea of yellow, look more closely you will also see red clover and speedwell adding to the display.
1st June 2016