Wild Colours at the Dorothy Clive Garden

We visited the Dorothy Clive Garden recently with a few fellow Hardy Plant members. This garden is famous for its spring planting in the section called The Dingle – Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the wildest colour combination possible. These aren’t our favourite shrubs but we do enjoy going to this garden to see them once in a while.

Just look at these pics! From the moment we arrived at the cottage the borders on either side of the doorway were alive with colour.

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I know I said we are not the biggest fans of these flowers but Jude the Undergardener was impressed with this one. She was impressed by the gentle colours and contrasting spots.

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I however was taken with this bright orange beauty! Certainly nothing subtle here – I simply love orange in the garden and this flower and bud is so rich.

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In the next post I shall look at the rest of the garden where things are a little calmer and kinder to the eye.

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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3 Responses to Wild Colours at the Dorothy Clive Garden

  1. Jardin says:

    It was so interesting your read your comments on rhododendrons. I, too, have never taken to them – the odd specimen showily standing out for a short period in a garden. But this year, I have been to several woodlands full of them and I may just be about to be won over. Nice pics by the way!

  2. Gorgeous plants. I’ve been considering adding three to one bed. Can you tell me some of your reasons for not favoring them? 🙂

  3. Simply because once they have finished flowering they look drab dark green and because the darkness below them prevents smaller plants from growing. The only one we grow is Rhododendron luteum a scented yellow flowering deciduous shrub.

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