The highlights of Trengwainton's spring blooms

Rhododendron loderi in bloom

As April rolls into May, the garden at Trengwainton starts to build to a crescendo of colour from the camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.


The sheltered setting of the garden plus the mild climate of west Cornwall means spring usually comes early to these parts. By the time April arrives most of the magnolias have often flowered and gone, but this year some of the later flowering ones can still be enjoyed.


This year the camellias have proven themselves to be very robust despite some challenging conditions. Throughout the garden the shrubs are loaded with colourful blooms.


Large azalea bushes are coming into bloom in the walled garden, on the drive and in the azalea garden that’s situated behind the pond at the top of the garden. 

They have lively names such as, Sunbeam, Firefly and Bridesmaid and some have colours that are so vibrant they border on the fluorescent.


Trengwainton has a very special collection of rhododendrons that were largely grown from seed gathered by the great plant hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward on his 1927-8 expedition to north-east Assam and upper Burma, or from hybrids that are unique to this garden. 

Now very mature trees, they’ve reached a towering height and have shades that go through virtually the whole colour spectrum; from fragrant whites and pinks, to soft yellows, oranges and deep, rich reds.