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


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Yellows in the garden

Rhododendron campylocarpum

Yellows in the garden for early April.  The daffodils are almost over but are fast being replaced by carpets of primroses.  There are cowslips in the meadow and celandines in the garden.

Rhododendron campylocarpum is already in flower one of the prettier rhodendron species.
It is a native of the Himalalays and was introduced by Sir Joseph Hooker in about 1849.

Caltha palustris

Illicium annistum

Rhododendron macabeanum

The delightful pale yellow catkins of
Corylopis gotoana flutter in the breeze, a member of the Hamamelidaceae family from Japan.

Caltha palustris also known as Marsh Marigold or King Cup and is reflected in Centre Pond along with Lyschimatum americanum (an invasive plant).  The young buds and foliage can be eaten but the plant is also toxic in large doses.

The less common Illicium anisatum is in flower, it is an aromatic, slow growing shrub from China and is also known as Japanese anise.

The magnificent Rhododendron macabeanum is hard to beat.  One of the best yellow forms is to be found in the garden here at High Beeches.