The Teddington Gardener

If you go down to the woods today – neon rhododendrons, bluebells, magnolias (still), bergenia, Flamingos and a glorious Staphylea emodi – at RHS Wisley

A perfect wander through the meandering paths on Battleston Hill at Wisley – quiet too (it usually is) giving you the peace and solitude to really appreciate the diverse planting, the understory, shrubs and tall mature trees.

The magnolias were until recently the thing here, some real superb specimens, absolute stars, and the hellebores too – but the rhododendrons rule the roost today, with a smattering of bluebells for atmosphere and contrast.  My new favourite rhodos are Elsie Watkins and Christopher Wren. Or Renoir and H. Witte. And the Staphylea emodi with white pendant trusses of flowers that deserve a better name than the Himalaya Bladdernut!

And not forgetting the Toona sinensis Flamingo – another favourite…



One comment

  1. Lisa - Ontario

    I’m not a rhodo fan (yet, you know how your tastes change over the years), but I love the magnolias, and the Flamingo is truly lovely.

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