Magnolia – just coming into bud and flower now, Magnolia’s come in all shapes and sizes. They display either goblet shaped or star shaped ‘waterlilly’ type flowers. Known for flowering before the leaves emerge, these majestic plants make a stunning spectacle in any garden. In store now we have a wide range of varieties, some of which are very rare and unusual. Pictured is Magnolia soulangiana and Magnolia stellata
Camellia – this evergreen spring flowering shrub makes a great addition to a shady spot in your gardens – Pictured here are Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ (white flowers) and Camellia japonica ‘Pearl Maxwell’(salmon pink flwers). When planting Camellia’s it is best to position them in a sheltered spot, preferably not east facing as the warmth of the early morning sun can cause the buds to go brown and drop.
Viburnum – Deciduous Viburnum’s start flowering on naked stems before their leaves develop. Varieties such as Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’ and Viburnum farreri (fragrans) with their attractive pinky white fragrant flowers formed on medium sized shrubs give good structure and form to borders as well as a lovely early spring perfume.
Helleborus – these herbaceous evergreen/semi-evergreens form a clump of erect dark green leafy stems. Large, bowl-shaped flowers are borne in loose clusters in late winter or spring. Pictured is Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’, a stunning Lenten Rose hybrid form with mauve pink flowers deepening with maturity, they are suitable for shady woodland areas.
Chaenomeles – an early flowering shrub, Chaenomeles, the Japanese Quince comes in a variety of flower colours, some of which can be single, semi-double or double blooms. The added bonus is that they produce quince fruit in late autumn suitable for making quince jelly. Pictured here are Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Kinshiden’ with its beautiful semi-double white/yellow flowers
Prunus – A must for any small garden, the ornamental flowering cherries are bursting into bloom. There are many different species, some upright, some weeping, but all give a stunning display of pink or white flowers in late winter/early spring. Pictured is Prunus x incana ‘Okame’, an upright form with exquisite deep pink flowers in abundance during the spring.