The latest flowering update at Sheringham Park
The rhododendron display in the wild garden is very close to its peak with a vast array of colours decorating the main drive, 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. The puple flowering ponticum is now major actor in the show and will soon provide a sea of colour from the viewing towers. Fighting for top billing is arboreum which surrounds the first viewing tower and dominates the entrance to the secret garden.
Walk down the main drive where the yellow flowers of ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ will immediately catch the eye before moving through a natural arch of colour into the main area of the wild garden.
The large showy white flowers of loderi King George which can be seen in a number of locations contrast nicely with some of the more delicate azaleas.
The large pink flowers of fortunei can be enjoyed at various points along your walk, alongside the reds flowering species of Doncaster and matador.
The final clearing along the main drive known as ‘Evelyn’s glade’ contain the delightfully named species of old port, pink pearl, Mrs. G W Leek and Mrs. A T de la Mare.
The display of azalea plants is at its peak, the combination of yellows and orange providing the perfect picture. The strong scents of some of the plants have the ability to stop you in your tracks. And yes we do also have an azaleodendron which is named Glory of Littleworth. It has very attractive orange and yellow flowers although our head gardener is not so keen on the foliage.
You can walk with the head gardener every Tuesday at 2pm during the rhododendron season, cost £5.
More highlights from the Wild Garden
Follow our tree trail which will lead to the impressive snowdrop and handkerchief trees. Both are in flower at the moment and both have white flowers but that is where the similarities end. The snowdrop tree has delicate bell like flowers whereas the Handkerchief flowers (technically bracts) are big and showy blowing in the wind like handkerchiefs on a line.
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 and a bird cherry is in flower on the left hand side after passing the Bower.
Buttercups have turned the bulk of the parkland into sea of yellow, look more closely you will also see red clover adding to the display.
25th May 2016