Something a little different

It would be easy to walk round a garden and enjoy those plants that scream out  and demand our attention. Of course, these plants are worthy of such attention. Persicaria alpina for example, quickly fills a space that previously looked like a gap in the border, and looks beautiful at the same time. However, smaller and less 'thuggish' plants can easily be overlooked. With that thought in mind, we would encourage visitors to take their time and enjoy the many 'quieter' plants that we have. Some are unusual, some rare and some that have simply fallen out of favour and deemed 'out of fashion'. We plan to add more of these plants to our gardens and share them with you here also.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

Late winter flowering and deliciously scented, this evergreen perennial from China is a wonderful little plant. Clump forming with white flowers which turn pink with age.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

A special plant if only for the fact that it was raised from seed here at Dunbeath. Although labelled as 'Snowflake', this plant is much yellower and very beautiful nonetheless.

Clivia miniata
Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

Hacquetia is named after surgeon and botanist Belsazar Hacquet. 'Thor' is a variegated form of the species with variegated leaves and bracts.

epipactis 'Thor'

Reaching heights of up to  2.5m and bearing beautiful, delightfully scented flowers, this plant is a real showstopper. Although monocarpic, the plant produces offsets which will flower sooner than if growing from seed.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

A woodland plant from China, enjoying a shady spot. Flowering towards the end of winter, this plant produces runners that will root and produce new plants, but easily manageable.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

A tall perennial introduced to Britain in 1895. Large glossy leaves with white daisy like flowers.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

A beautiful woodland perennial from Japan. Produces wax like lilac and white flowers in late summer.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

Free flowering Petunia from southern Brazil where it is threatened due to the ease of hybridizing with other Petunia species in its habitat. This is the only red flowered Petunia species.

Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

The species is named after botanist Count Blagay. 'Brenda Anderson' is a compact form with large flowers.

Daphne blagayana
'Brenda Anderson'
Chrysosplenium macrophyllum

Native to New Zealand comes this impressive plant with large round leaves and white flowers. It is named after the Scottish botanist  David Lyall, who explored the Arctic, Antartica, New Zealand and North America.


Named after Empress Josephine (maiden name Lapagerie). The national flower of Chile, this vine produces pretty red wax like bell shaped flowers which are pollinated by humming birds in the wild.