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Plants At Inverewe


By AndrewR


You may remember I raved about the garden at Inverewe in my recent blog, ‘Gardens Of The Far North’, so I thought I should show you some of the plants there that caught my eye.

There were several olearias (or daisy bushes) from Australasia.

Pseudopanax crassifolius is a strange-looking tree from New Zealand

Celmisia semicordata is a daisy, also from New Zealand. It likes sun and a cool, moist climate and was obviously enjoying the conditions very much.

This aeonium is as good as the ones growing in the Abbey Gardens on Tresco.

What on earth is this Norfolk Island Pine doing growing outside? It is not hardy!

The climate on the west coast of Scotland is very similar to that in much of New Zealand. Here is another shrub, a corokia, native to there.

Echium russicum is a relation of our native Viper’s Bugloss. It comes from Russia so should prove hardy in the UK – I’m going to look out for a nursery selling it.

Restios come from South Africa where they are used as thatching on huts.

I was rather taken by this philadelphus but at twelve feet, it is too large to squeeze into my garden.

Petteria ramentacea is a new shrub to me. It comes from the Balkans, growing to six feet, and is hardy in the UK.

I have tried philesia magellanica twice in my garden but lost it twice (once to cold weather, once to hot weather). It hails from the southern tip of South America, another cool and moist place.

Meconopsis grew all through the garden – blue, white and mauve. I also spotted this red meconopsis punicea.

Whether you are a plantsman like me or a person who just likes gardens, I would recommend a visit to Inverewe if you are in the area.

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I get there at least twice a year. The best time is when the rhododendrons are in bloom and there's such a variety that can be from April until July, although some of the bigger more spectacular of them were lost in a storm a few years ago.

9 Jul, 2010


stunning plants. what a gorgeous philadephus. I would love that, i love the reddish stems and the open flowers. Is it fragrent like all the others?

I have never been but its on my to do list when I retire.

9 Jul, 2010


some fascinating plants there, I love the red meconopsis :-)

10 Jul, 2010


SBG - yes, it's a form of philadelphus delavayi which is very fragrant.
The two problems with Inverewe are its remoteness (which on the plus side means it doesn't get crowded) and the weather which is often wet (which is why it is so lush)

10 Jul, 2010


i like the philadelphus too, beautiful

10 Jul, 2010


I asked one of the gardeners whether if I came again could I offer to work for the day as I spotted lots of cuttings of a red aeonium waiting to be potted on in the greenhouses at the walled garden. He said the lack of accomodation makes it difficult to have volunteers but I could write and ask. The only disappointment to our visit was the lack of plants to buy. A lot of the shrubs were going past but there was a gorgeous white scented rhododendron in flower. It is one of several that they have whichare autumn flowering.

12 Sep, 2010


Scotsgran - I couldn't find much to buy either - just a couple of primulas - but as I had to fly back to Gatwick, maybe that's just as well

12 Sep, 2010


Looking after plants for selling is labour intensive so maybe that is why they do not have too many. I had the primulas they were offering and their shrubs were definitely in need of TLC. I did notice lots of self sown seedling rhododendrons under the parent plants. I wonder if they come true from seed. Lucky you Dorchester to be able to go twice a year.

13 Sep, 2010

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