23rd Oct 2017
No, not a misprint!
Nerine bowdenii, commonly known as ‘Naked Ladies’ is one of the more striking plants of autumn and is in full flower with its spectacular pink blossoms right now, despite Ophelia. It gets its common name from the fact that the flowers grow on a naked stem straight from the bulb. The leaves appear after the flowers have finished
Aside from the spectacular autumn colour of the Japanese Maples…..some a little worse for the wear after our visiting storm…. We have many other autumn flowering shrubs and herbaceous for you to enjoy throughout both the gardens and stud.
The herbaceous Asters are always worth having in a border and will flower well into November.
Perhaps the best of the Japanese Maples are the Acer dissectums. These dwarf Maples attain a height of 1-3 meters depending on variety. Great trees for a small garden and very much worth a visit to the Japanese gardens at this time of year.
Small shrubby herbaceous such as Perovskia, Sedum spectabile and Ceratostigma will also extend flowering in any border well into November.
One of the best of all, is the tried and trusted Hydrangea. Both the old-fashioned ‘mophead’ varieties and the more currently fashionable ‘paniculata’ varieties will hold their blooms to the end of the year. Aside from different pruning requirements, these will thrive anywhere.
All of the above can be seen in their full glory now throughout the Japanese Gardens, St.Fiachras Garden, and the grounds of the National stud.