We continue to be very busy here at Arundel Arboretum Garden Centre. We have just taken delivery of our first load of stock from Spain. It was handpicked by us. We believe this is of vital importance, as an ethical plant supplier, that we source our stock and can trace its history. The stock was delivered to Arundel Arboretum Garden Centre the following week.
As usual, we are extremely pleased with the quality and here is a taster of some of the new stock we have:
Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)
Trachelospermum jasminoides is a highly scented, evergreen vigorous climber. It produces clusters of stunning star shaped pure white flowers, which appear in July and will continue throughout the summer months. With age, they turn cream. Its leaves are dark green, which will turn bronze-red in the winter. Trachelospermum jasminoides is best grown against a warm, sunny wall and eventually reach a height of 8m. It will require sheltering from cold drying winds so bare that in mind when planting.
Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ (Fig)
Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ is an ideal fig to grow for the UK climate. It is fully hardy and can be grown in the UK successfully outdoors. Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ is a popular self-fertile fig which produces an abundant crop of sweet, juicy figs that have a deep red flesh surrounded by brown skins. They have an attractive lobed foliage and striking trunk and branches. They can be fan trained against a sunny wall and will also grow happily in a container. The fruits develop in the spring and will ripen from August-September. A second crop of fruits can develop in late summer if the plant has been protected, these fruits will ripen the following summer. Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ has an eventual height of 3m and spread of 4m.
Myrtus communis (common Myrtle)
Myrtus communis is a bushy, evergreen shrub with dark green glossy leaves, which give off a fragrant aroma if crushed. It has an abundance of fragrant white flowers and their white stamens are quite conspicuous. The flowers appear in July and August and are followed by purple-black berries. Myrtus communis thrives in full sun, with well-drained soil and can even tolerate frosts. However, it will need to be protected if it is in a particularly cold area. Myrtus communis will enhance a sunny border or can be grown successfully against a south or west-facing wall. We also stock them as half standards which can look spectacular.
Olea europaea (Olive) – bonsai
These look amazing and very different! Olea europaea is becoming more popular and as you will have seen from our previous blog Olive Tree Care – a guide they grow very successfully in this country. We have discovered the Olea europaea as a bonsai and they will enhance your patio with its delicate foliage and will also create a focal point.
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is a lovely, dense evergreen shrub. It has splendid dark green leaves and produces large pink buds that appear in late autumn. These buds burst open in the winter to reveal fragrant, white flowers, which can last up to six months. Once the flowers begin to fade, they are followed by black berries, which the birds absolutely love. It’s a very useful food source for them throughout the winter months. Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is happy in sun or shade, sheltered or even exposed sites. It is an ideal choice for difficult positions and once it is established, it is fairly drought resistant. Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ can be grown as a shrub in a border, shaped and cut into a topiary or trained as a standard, which can look particularly good in pots either side of a doorway or gateway.
This is just a small selection of the new stock we have at Arundel Arboretum Garden Centre. We pride ourselves on being a plant supplier that can offer exceptional quality stock, and friendly, professional, knowledgeable staff.
We look forward to welcoming you to Arundel Arboretum Garden Centre to help and advise you on the right plants for your garden.