What's in bloom

No two months at The Alnwick Garden are the same so whenever you visit, you will find something different!

 

  • January

    Viburnum Tinus

    Viburnum Tinus

    An evergreen shrub studded with fat pink flower buds that open in mid-winter to provide white/pink flat headed flowers above dark green foliage. [2.5m x 2.5m].

    Found on the south facing border of the Ornamental Garden.

  • January

    Mahonia X Media

    Mahonia X Media

    An architectural evergreen with leaves like a large holly but producing yellow shuttlecock flowers at the growing tips. Flowers are very fragrant with a scent of Lily of the Valley. Grows to become a large shrub [3m x 3m].

    Found in the north facing border of the Ornamental Garden and outside the Gardener's Cottage.

  • January

    Hamamelis X Intermedia

    Hamamelis X Intermedia

    A Witch Hazel that produces spidery orange, red or yellow flowers carried on leafless branches. Although small, the flowers produce a heady citrus scent. Quite slow growing but eventually will attain [3m x 3m].

    Found in the Ornamental Garden in the north facing border.

  • January

    Betula Utilis Var. Jacquemontii

    Betula Utilis Var. Jacquemontii

    A Birch with an exceptionally white luminous stem. Looks good when planted in groups or as a multi stem. (10m x 5m).

    Found around the pond and as a mature specimen outside the Gardeners Cottage.

  • February

    Helleborus Orientalis

    Helleborus Orientalis

    Beautiful open flowers in shades of pink and purple are displayed above semi evergreen foliage throughout the early spring. [45cm x 45cm].

    Found in the Ornamental Garden in central beds to the left.

  • February

    Primula Vulgaris

    Primula Vulgaris

    Beautiful yellow flowers appear above a mat of thick leathery leaves. Ideal for naturalising on slopes or in dappled shade. [15cm x 15cm].

    Ornamental Gardens

  • February

    Galanthus Nivalis

    Galanthus Nivalis

    Galanthus nivalis in one of the first spring bulb to open with its white nodding flower head. Ideal for naturalising in light shade. Growing to 10cm in height.

    Found carpeting the lawns around the pond.

  • September

    Echinacea Purpurea

    Coneflower

    Herbaceous daisy with large purple flowers loved by butterflies. [1m x 1m].

    Found in the Pavilion Border.

  • September

    Sedum Spectabile

    Sedum Spectabile

    Herbaceous perennial which looks very succulent with fleshy green leaves and many star shaped powder pink flowers in flat heads adored by butterflies. [50cm x 50cm].

    Found in the Ornamental Garden.

  • September

    Actaea Simplex ‘Brunette’

    Actaea Simplex ‘Brunette’ Bugbane

    Herbaceous perennial [1.1m x 60cm] of dark, almost black, foliage with spikes of fluffy white highly scented small flowers in abundance.

    Found growing in the north facing border of the Ornamental Garden.

  • May

    Tulips

    Tulipa

    Tulips (Tulipa) form a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes (having bulbs as storage organs). The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly coloured, generally red, yellow, or white. They often have a different coloured blotch at the base of the tepals (petals and sepals, collectively), internally.

  • May

    Crab-apple Blossom

    Malus sylvestris

    One of the ancestors of the cultivated apple (of which there are more than 6,000 varieties), it can live to up to 100 years. Mature trees grow to around 10m in height. They have an irregular, rounded shape and a wide, spreading canopy. With greyish brown, flecked bark, trees can become quite gnarled and twisted, especially when exposed, and the twigs often develop spines. This 'crabbed' appearance may have influenced its common name, 'crab apple'.

  • May

    Pulmonaria

    Pulmonaria officinalis

    Pulmonaria can be herbaceous or semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials with terminal clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring, and often strikingly patterned leaves developing in summer

  • May

    Camellia Water Lily

    Camellia are evergreen shrubs with simple, ovate, glossy, leathery leaves and showy flowers with solitary or clustered flowers early in the year

  • May

    Magnolia Kobus

    Magnolia can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with large, showy, often fragrant flowers, often opening before the leaves, and sometimes followed by colourful cone-like fruit

  • May

    Erythronium

    Erythronium are bulbous perennials with paired, ovate or broadly elliptic leaves, and leafless stems bearing one or more nodding, star-shaped flowers with recurved petals