The Snowdrops of National Trust SpringHill House are stunning, large carpets can be found in the lawns of the 17th century plantation house (dating from 1680), I took a wee spin up recently to have a wee dander and see what all the chat was about....Head Gardener John has been busy splitting and replanting clumps to increase the area covered...and over time these will merge to create a great sway of snowdrops...I'm looking forward to this!
Its always a good time to visit Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. In early February I enjoyed a wonderful visit, taking in the range of late winter interest plants, from the scented Witch Hazels, the Euphorbias, Snowdrops, Iris and the great display in the Alpine House, and a wide range of evergreen plants and those giving form and shape through their branch structures and the likes...Here's a few pictures from the trip...
The perfume on this mature Witch Hazel was amazing in Ballyscullion Park.
Witch Hazels are super easy to grow, they favour a slightly acidic soil and produce a wonderful perfume in the winter time. As you can see they do get large, so are best planted as a specimen plant in a garden, such as a lawn centrepiece, or as part of a large shrub bed. But the scent is so amazing you don't want it at the back of the border, you want it somewhere that you can enjoy the perfume.
See the RHS Plant Finder for some more info on the range of Witch Hazels available
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