Inverewe garden visit

I visited earlier this week the fabulous gardens at Inverewe on the west coast of Scotland. This gem of a garden, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, is a true delight. Originally planted in the 1880’s on a barren coastal stretch, it is now a lush and inspirational landscape. It holds the National Collection of Rhododendron barbatum ( see some images below) and features many magnificent plants that are typically not fully hardy in the UK even “down south”

The highlights for me are hard to separate between the most wonderful specimen turkey oak (Quercus cerris Argentovariegata)

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…..and a whole host of amazing wetland and shady planting …

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Sublime pond planting is really striking, and of course the Rhododendron barbatum specimens which were breathtaking!

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The terraces adjacent to the sea are stunning, with large hedging for windbreaks higher up…

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This all protecting the upper terraces from the Atlantic winds…

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I am really jealous of the Echiums which I have barely managed to overwinter in a sheltered Buckinghamshire garden- yet these look fabulous here..

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Many other treasures- iris in particular, and simply wonderful clumps of ferns and gunnera

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Watch this space for some more photos…

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