The Far Corner of Ardtornish Gardens

From the Pond, continue along the path past some Rosa moyesii with red-pink flowers in June and sealing-wax red hips later. Cross the open grass to Rhododendron "Polar Bear" which has large trusses of scented flowers in July to September. Further on is a bed of flame coloured azaleas with the white varieties "Silver Slipper" and "Persil" adding a cooler touch. Beside this bed and flowering about the same time is Rhododendron fortunei, a highly fragrant white with a touch of pink.

Chilean fire tree

Embothrium coccineum

In May, the scarlet flowers of the Chilean fire tree Embothrium coccineum are a wonderful sight. The older specimens here will be 10m/30ft tall. Sadly, a couple of the older ones have succumbed to the weather but there are always some replacement suckers available.