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


Monday, 15 June 2015

June in the Garden

June in the garden brings a
variety of trees and shrubs
in flower.

The beautiful ancient wildflower
meadow is at its best, a stunning carpet
of  Ox-eye Daisies, buttercups, yellow
rattle, orchids and many more.

Magnolia tripetala, the Umbrella
Tree.  One of the most common of the
American magnolias, it is a large tree
with large leaves and cream coloured
flowers in May/June.  A native of the
eastern US, introduced in 1752.
The one here was planted in 1932.

Rhododendron maddenii ssp crassum.
A large shrub with beautiful white/pink,
highly scented flowers which fill the
garden with fragrance at this time of year.
One of the hardiest of the group and a
native North Vietnam, SE Tibet and China.
It was introduced in 1906 by George Forrest.

Styrax hemsleyanus a lovely small tree
with white flowers borne in long racemes.
A native of China and introduced in 1900 by
Ernest Wilson.  The most impressive tree in
the country is in the walled garden at
Trengwainton in Cornwall.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015



A small genus of five species.  We have one at High Beeches and a selected clone.

Crinodendron hookerianum Gay
formely (Tricuspidaria lanceaolata)
the Lantern tree, has long-stalked
red lantern like flowers in May.
A large shrub here at High Beeches
was  planted in 1914.  A native of
Chile it was introduced by
William Lobb for Messrs Veitch,
 in 1848.

Crindodendrons prefer cool, moist, peaty soil
and are not always hardy, they are mostly to
be found in gardens  in the UK on the west coast and the Isle of Wight.

Crinodendron hookerianum 'Ada Hoffmann'
is a pale pink flowered clone selected in
the wild.  The plant here at High Beeches
was planted in 2009, flowering for the first time
in 2010.