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June Monthly Inspiration

RHS Plant of the Decade, WinnerA ‘virtual’ Chelsea Flower Show was all we had to enjoy this year, however a very big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who voted for our Viburnum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’, it won the RHS Plant of the Decade - People’s Choice. So that was a great performance from this stunning plant.  This had me thinking about which are the small trees or shrubs which are the very best performers in the woodland gardens here at Burncoose and Caerhays at present?

After a mild winter the rhododendrons and azaleas were oblivious of lockdown and performed here about three weeks earlier than normal in May. The temptation to think that the woodland garden is over for another year would be quite wrong!

Deutzia x hybrida ‘Strawberry Fields’ grows here as a 6-8ft tall slightly cascading clump. The large flowers are deep crimson outside and white flushed pink within. Of all the deutzias this is perhaps the most outstanding. 

Styrax formosanus grows here as a large spreading small tree of about 15ft in height with a similar spread. Few trees can claim to have twice as many flowers as they do leaves and the drooping branches are laden with countless racemes of white jasmine scented flowers. Bees and insects gorge on the nectar.  


Stewartia rostrata is also a small tree with similar height in maturity. Its flattened and gently drooping branches are covered with rounded reddish then pink buds which open into large white flowers with pink tinges on the reverse and tips of the petals. This species is also noted for its intense scarlet autumn leaf colours but the flowers are a delight.

With spring-flowering perennials now coming to the end of their display here are a few suggestions to extend the colour well into the summer:

Photo of TRADESCANTIA 'Purple Sabre'
Three varieties available.
Available £12.50, 3+ for £10.00 each

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