The highlights of Trengwainton's spring blooms

The Lower Drive at Trengwainton Garden lined with rhododendrons

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

Early blooms

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


This year, with such a mild winter and virtually no frost, the camellias have really come into their own. Throughout the garden the shrubs are loaded with blooms that have kept their colour with very little browning at the edges.


Large azalea bushes can be seen 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.