White Waratah

Waratah/Telopea

This Telopea “Bridal Gown” was planted three and half years ago. It has flowered every year, sometimes twice. The flowers keep well in a vase and I have harvested them quite hard to keep the bush more compact. It’s getting out of reach now!

The yellow Leucospernum in front of the waratah is “High Gold” and it has performed just as well. The blue/mauve flowers are Heliotropium commonly called “Cherry Pie”. It flowers non–stop and has been cut back several times already. It has a haunting perfume.

Michelia “Snow Dove”

Michelia
Michelia “Snow Dove”

This hybrid between M. maudiae and M. doltsopa is a wonderful small, evergreen tree. It flowers profusely and over a long season from a young age. Its perfume is deliciously sweet and spicy, wafting round the garden.

Michelia “Snow Dove”

I chopped the top off this plant which was given to me as a pot plant, grown tall but a straggly shape. I held my breath but it sprouted vigorously and is now, a year later, this tidy shape.

The Michelias have all been re-named Magnolias but I am not inclined to change. However you might need to look under Magnolia at plant sales places.   

Michelia “Snow Dove”

Gordonia

Gordonia yunnanensis
Gordonia yunnanensis

Gordonia yunnanensis is a fabulous shrub/small tree. It has a huge number of very large white, camellia-like flowers over a long time from now on through winter. You can see from the number of buds how floriferous it is. The foliage is slightly bluey and stands up to wind well. It would make a very good informal hedge as it grows quite upright and remains well clothed right to the ground. It is much more manageable than its fellow species, Gordonia lasianthus which grows into a large spreading tree also covered in smaller white flowers for a long period. 

Gordonia yunnanensis
Gordonia yunnanensis