Star of the Garden – November

This time of year there is a lot of autumn foliage around, but the amount of flowers is starting to getting harder to find. This shrub, Mahonia X charity, is so reliable, it has wonderful architectural leaves.  It’s tough, evergreen and its bright yellow shuttlecock flowers are sweetly scented too – any late bees are in for a treat.



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Star of the Garden – October

Even though it’s October there is still plenty to see in the Walled Garden, as well as the wider park. Autumn foliage is just starting and this beauty never fails. The star of the garden this month has to be Stags Horn Sumach, otherwise known as Rhus typhina.


There’s lost to touch and see when it comes to this tree; people ask why it’s called Stags Horn, well the young growth is covered in a downy velvet, just like a stags horn. Children love it! It’s a great little tree for a small garden, but it does have a tendency to produce suckers. For this reason it is quite often grown in grass and the cutting keeps them at bay. Sometimes on mature specimens, flower heads like candles appear. It’s a super little tree.


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Star of the Garden – July

This month’s star of the garden is the lovely Delphinium known as the “Pacific Hybrid”. It looked so stunning that I just couldn’t resist capturing it.

Star Plant Flower Garden Horticulture Delphinium Pacific Hybrid Stewart Park Middlesbrough

These young plants were sown last autumn, potted, overwintered in the greenhouse and were finally put in their position this spring. I didn’t expect them to flower so well. Warm weather and then lots of recent rain played their part I think.

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Star of the Garden – June

For this month’s star of the garden I would like to nominate this foxglove, also known as digitalis purpurea.

Foxglove Digitalis Purpurea Victorian Garden Horticulture Stewart Park Middlesbrough

I remember seeing these as a child when my friend and I used to go beck jumping on a weekend at Sandy Flats near Saltersgill. I loved to watch the bees finding their way in and bumbling about inside. These plants, I’m proud to say, came from seed collected from a lovely foxy in my garden. Why not plant them this year to flower next year? They’re a great plant for cottage gardens and wildlife areas. Grow them for the bees as they need all the help they can get!

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