The Magnolia Walk
There are over 100 varieties of rhododendrons and over 60 magnolias in the gardens as a whole. Magnolia Walk contains some of the best scented and rare varieties of rhododendrons and magnolias, such as Magnolia x Iolanthe and Magnolia denudata ‘Yellow River'. In the spring, a carpet of scillas, snowdrops and daffodils emerge under a woodland canopy of established trees.
In the summer this is followed by rare, unusual plants including, Kirengeshoma palmata ‘Koreana', commonly known as Yellow Wax Bells and Tricyritis formosana ‘Burgundy', a herbaceous perennial with spotted leaves, which produces burgundy, star shaped flowers in the autumn. If you are looking for a fantastic viewpoint, just take the steps up the small hill to the seating area. It is a great place to admire the colourful sight below.
Our Head Gardener recommends you look out for these stunning plants:
Magnolia x 'Iolanthe' with its huge, exquisite, pale pink, scented flowers which can grow up to 20cm across. Under the dappled shade of the tree canopy it flowers in April. Also don't miss Magnolia 'Star Wars' with its large, fragrant, tulip-shaped, bright pink flowers and Magnolia 'Yellow River', also known as 'Fei Huang', an unusual, quite rare, Chinese variety which is prized for it's delicate, sweet scented, pale yellow flowers.
Plants to look out for...
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