Every week the staff here at Exbury will be compiling their must-sees in the gardens, focusing on different areas or seasonal plants. We hope that you will be able to use this as a snappy guide when visiting and that our favourite viewpoints, blooms and garden features might become your favourites too.
Focus 17th May: Peak flowering in Home Wood and at the Azalea Bowl
Around every corner and on every path in Home Wood rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. Here are just some of the views you can look forward to experiencing in Exbury's Home Wood at the moment:
The scents from this yellow deciduous azalea is simply delightful.
Those Cedars of Lebanon in the background are 100s of feet tall.
As you walk along the principal path towards the Azalea Bowl, the path is lined with beautiful 'walls' of azaleas and bountiful rhododendron blooms overhead.
Some of the rhododendrons along this pathway have such interesting colouring and patterns. The pink, yellow and peach one below, that is coloured quite like a fruit salad sweet, is Rhododendron Fred Wynniatt and named after one of Exbury's former head gardeners. The white, delicate species also pictured is called Rhododendron Butterfly and are abundant in this area of the gardens.
By Top Pond we also have some deliciously scented deciduous azaleas. These are so bright and contrasting to the pinks and purples of our evergreen azaleas, and against a backdrop of bluebells, it's quite a stunning sight to see.
Moving closer towards the Azalea Bowl, pinks, purples and whites intertwine to create these spectacular facades of colour. This scene could almost be a painting with the colours so delicately weaved in with one another.
By far, Exbury's piste de resistance is the Azalea Bowl. This area is so peaceful, protected by wonderful overhanging woodland and surrounded by the spectacular Rothschild azalea collection. The reflections on the water of the bright pinks and purples create an air of the supernatural, which may seem exaggerative. But honestly, there truly is something magical about the Azalea Bowl in May.
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