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Calycanthus x raulstonii Hartlage Wine
Magnolia laevifolia – (Michelia yunnanensis)
Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’
Cornus kousa Variety
If you are ordering plants you are not limited to perennials. Some of the best looking plants right now are spring flowering shrubs.
Calycanthus x raulstonii Hartlage Wine, Magnolia laevifolia and Cornus nutalii and Cornus kousa coming into flower now. Calycanthus x raulstonii Hartlage Wine is a medium-sized, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with beautiful deep wine-coloured, lightly scented, semi-double flowers. Perfect for small gardens. Also suitable for small gardens is Magnolia laevifolia, an evergreen small tree, glossy green foliage and devine velvety golden buds open to beautiful scented cream flowers in early spring. Native to Yunnan, China, and enjoys the Irish climate.
One of the most popular trees are the dogwoods. Starting the show and coming into flower now is Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’. The Cornus kousa varieties and Cornus capitata, an evergreen species, take up the performance in June. All feature small true flowers surrounded by very showy, usually white, bracts. They’re a talking point in any garden and an excellent small to medium sized tree. In Autumn you are rewarded with fantastic fall colours and strawberry sized red fruit.
Clematis Early Sensation
Clematis montana Tetrarose
Clematis recta Purpurea
Spring-flowering Clematis are ideal for bringing some early colour in the spring garden. Clematis Early Sensation is a compact growing evergreen climber which bears masses of white flowers early in April, followed by attractive fluffy seed heads. Shelter from cold winds and plant in well-drained soil. Clematis montana Tetrarose is another early one which comes up every spring with masses of large, deep rose pink flowers. Clematis recta Purpurea is herbaceous and appears in early spring with stunning deep purple young foliage. We like to plant them directly under deciduous shrubs such as Viburnum plicatum Mariesii, giving the clematis support and adding interest to the shrub it produces clouds of white flowers in summer.
Acer palmatum Seiryu
Acer palmatum Red Emperor
Acer palmatum Katsura
Japanese maples are widely regarded for their spectacular autumn colour, but for me, this is the time of year when I love them the most. Just as the buds burst but before the leaves open full every branch seems to shimmer in the morning and evening sun. We currently have a large selection of Japanese maples and are happy to help you select the perfect variety for your garden.
Fuchsia × bacillaris
Cirsium Trevor’s Blue Wonder
Lunaria rediviva – one of our favourite woodland plants. The numerous white scented flowers have a flush of violet which makes them glow in the evening light. In late summer through winter translucent eliptical seed pods give it to an all year round interest. Easy to grow it will form a very longlived dense clup and is very relaiable. Fuchsia × bacillaris a small compact species, flowers nonstop through the entire year, with an abundance of small ruby bells. In autumn the leaves go scarlet as the cold comes in. Cirsium Trevor’s Blue Wonder a brilliant stuctural plant with wonderful thistle heads of mauve purple flowers from late April into Summer.
These are just a few of the shrubs and perennials starting to shine. And now is of course a great time to plant summer flowering perennials and grasses to enjoy later. Please see our catalogue for more and we can put your order together.