Key plants in The Size of Wales Garden

Slender columnar trees feature heavily, with a plethora of alpine plants. A predominantly yellow colour palette in the flowers – yellow being the colour of hope

Callitropsis nootkatensis

Xanthocyparis (aka Nootka Cypress trees) are evergreen trees with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves and roughly spherical cones that mature in two years.

Dryas octopetala

Dryas are prostrate evergreen shrubs with small, leathery dark green leaves and solitary, usually 8-petalled flowers followed by attractive fluffy seed-heads.

Azorella trifurcata

© Krzysztof Ziarnek

An evergreen perennial with overlapping small dark green rosettes of deeply cut, robust leaves. Makes very good weed surpressing groundcover. In spring or summer, tiny yellow clusters of flowers appear.

Leptinella atrata ‘County Park’

(Leptinella dendyi pictured)
Leptinella are annuals and creeping, tufted or mat-forming perennials, forming low carpets of finely-divided, often aromatic, fern-like leaves. Button-like flowerheads on short stalks appear from late spring to summer.

Rubus squarrosus

An evergreen shrub forming a mound of tangled stems up to around 50cm tall in cultivation. The green stems bear small, scattered yellowish-white prickles and sparse ‘skeletonised’ leaves with the leaf blade being reduced to virtually nothing giving a thread-like appearance. In summer, small, yellowish flowers may be borne in panicles up to 15cm long; orange-red fruits are rarely seen in this country.

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