The plant of the month is Embothrium occineum var. lanceolatum ‘Norquinco Valley’ with autumn colour in Heather Turner’s garden in Timperley taken November 9th 2020. Heather writes: “I purchased my Embothrium plus another as 18” high plants from the nursery at Kildrummy Castle Gardens, Alford, Aberdeenshire around 1985. I planted one on the west side of my north-facing backContinue reading “November 2020 – Embothrium coccineum var. lanceolatum ‘Norquinco Valley’”
October 2020 has, as its Plant of the Month, Tilia mongolica. This is of the family Malvaceae and originates in China and Mongolia. It is rarely grown in gardens but is shown here in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum in its autumn colours. It grows up to 12m in height with a spread of 8m. It can be plantedContinue reading “October 2020 – Tilia mongolica”
The Plant of the Month for September 2020 is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ of the family Hydrangaceae. It is hardy in the Arboretum and provides a wonderful feature plant although it is very versatile and can be used in flower beds and containers. This shrub is deciduous and bushy, reaching 1.5-2m in height and width in 5-10years. It will growContinue reading “September 2020- Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’”
The Plant of the Month for August 2020 is Weigela ‘Red Prince’ of the family Caprifoliaceae (the honeysuckle family). It is a hardy, deciduous shrub and is a good all-rounder. It will grow on most soils and in exposed or sheltered positions and flowers in the Arboretum through much of the summer, growing to height of about 2.5m. ItContinue reading “August 2020 – Weigela ‘Red Prince’”
The Plant of the Month for July 2020 is Colutea arborescens, the Bladder Senna. It is a leguminous shrub that has bladder-like seed pods at this time of year. The specimen in the Arboretum is young but the shrub will grow up to 4m in 10-20 years. It likes full sun and is hardy in all of the UK.
The Plant of the Month for June 2020 is Philadelphus ‘Lemoinei’ (family Hydrangaceae) commonly known as Mock Orange. The specimen you see in the photo is growing well in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum and was planted in 2016. It is hardy and bee-friendly and has fragrant flowers. It reaches a height of 1.5m and will also have a spreadContinue reading “June 2020 – Philadelphus ‘Lemoinei’”
The Plant of the month for May 2020 is the Judas Tree. This tree is growing in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum. At this time of year it produces its flowers and these may emerge directly from the stem (as in this picture). Its Latin name is Cercis siliquastrum and it comes from the family Fabaceae (the pea family). ItsContinue reading “May 2020 – the Judas Tree”