A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Three early red Rhododendrons

Some early red  Rhododendrons
are starting to flower in the garden
at High Beeches.

Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
(Subgenus Hymenanthes,
Subsect. Barbata).  A beautiful, large
shrub with coloured stems and reddish
flaking bark. The flowers are a vivid
deep scarlet carried in dense heads and
appear in March, one of the first
Rhododendrons to flower here at High Beeches.  A native of Nepal, Bhutan and northern India

Rhododendron spinuliferum

Rhododendron spinuliferum
Subgenus Rhododendron, Subsect. Scabrifolia)
the firecracker flower.  An unusual early
flowering rhododendron discovered by
Abbe Delavay and introduced in 1907.  The flowers are red, tubular with protruding stamens. It has been used in
Chinese medicine to treat asthma.

Rhododendron x Nestor
Rhododendron x Nestor
(barbatum x thomsonii) a beautiful red
hybrid raised by Sir Edmund Loder.

Garden opens for the Spring
Saturday 28th March

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