August in the Garden
It's midsummer and that time of year when not many shrubs are doing much. So we are constantly on the look out for August flowering Shrubs, and whilst we have plenty of Hydrangeas and Hardy Fuschias that give us colour throughout the summer months, we are proud to showcase a few of our more interesting species.
Itea Illicifolia is a healthy looking evergreen shrub that is just by the entrance to the hotel, During August it produces long green catkins that are strongly scented of honey. Also nearby is a Lobelia tupa, a striking red flowered perennial from Chile, which is quite hardy with us.
Several years ago we planted some specimens of the unusual Magnolia delavayi, an evergreen Magnolia from China. It has rewarded us with several flowers this year, each one very fragrant and up to 20cms across.
One of our favourite shrubs at Lakeside Hotel is the Calycanthus, or allspice bush. A rare but hardy shrub, looking similar to a magnolia but with reddish brown flowers that smell like apple and cinnamon danish pastries!
We have a garden open day on Wednesday 2nd September, when you can meet the gardeners, buy plants and have a personal tour of the garden, all to raise money for the National Gardens Scheme.