From the early spring snowdrops through to the late autumnal tints there is always a colourful surprise around every turn. The stunning displays of Camellia, Magnolia, Rhododendron and Cherry Blossom are a riot of colour in the earlier part of the year. The large bog garden, linked to the lakes, provides a haven for moisture loving plants and our National Collection of Astilbe. There are always plants to admire in the Garden at any time of year, but watch out for these highlights as the year passes:

January

  • Aconites
  • Helebores

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February

  • Snowdrops

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March

  • Camellias in the greenhouse are coming into flower
  • More than 80 Magnolias in the garden.
  • Daffodils – naturalised in the grass.
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April

  • Magnolias
  • Outdoor Camellias
  • Rhododendrons
  • Cherries
  • Alpine plants in the Scree bed.

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May

  • Alpines
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas
  • Malus – Crab Apples.
  • Wisteria Pergola [12 varieties – blue, pink, black, white].
  • Bluebells – naturalised in the grass.
  • Candelabra Primulas – in the Bog Garden.
  • Aquilegias and bulbs in the Quarry area.
  • Tree Peonies.

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June

  • Roses.
  • Clematis.
  • Iris – Bog Garden.
  • Herbaceous Plants.
  • Hostas.
  • Wisteria.
  • Hydrangeas.
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July

  • Astilbe Collection [National Plantl Collection].
  • Japanese Iris [National Collection].
  • Herbaceous Plants.
  • Tender Perennials – Arcotis, Gazanias.
  • Hostas.
  • Lilies.
  • Cornus – Dogwoods.
  • Tulbaghias [National Plant Collection].
  • Hydrangeas.
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August

  • Herbaceous Plants – Bog Garden.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Grasses.
  • Ligularias - Bog Garden.
  • Lilies.
  • Tulbaghias.
  • Hydrangeas.
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September

  • Herbaceous Plants.
  • Grasses.
  • Cyclamen.
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October

  • Autumn Tree Colour.
  • Cyclamen around tree bases.
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November

  • Autumn Colour.
  • Autumn Snowdrops and Daffodils.
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December

  • Silver Birch bark colour.
  • Cherry bark colour.
  • Snakebark and Maple bark colour.
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