What to look for in January

Rainforest Biome

Step out of the cold, and into the warmth of the rainforest, and experience a world of luxuriant foliage, tropical fruits and beautiful flowers, like Solandra maxima, often referred to as the cup of gold vine. The red powder-puff plant, Calliandra haematocephala, also puts on a show, along with the stunning purple Crinum, blooming happily beside the lily pool. 

Mediterranean Biome

The magnificent scarlet and gold candelabra-like flowers of the Cape aloe, Aloe ferox, herald in the New Year in South Africa, along with a host of beautiful proteas, ericas and pure white zantedeschias – a veritable plant lover’s paradise.

In the rest of the biome, the olive trees and grapevines will be pruned this month, so the gardeners will be on hand with a few tricks of the trade. 

Outdoor gardens

Breathe in the beautiful scents of winter, provided by Hammamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ and Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postil’. Drifts of sweetly-scented Narcissus can also be enjoyed, often appearing earlier in Cornwall than in other parts of the country. Look out in particular for Narcissus ‘Treglisson’ - bright lemon yellow with a darker trumpet, and bred here in Cornwall.

Colourful cyclamen coum are also a must see at this time of year. The magic of a winter garden can also be found in the shimmering grasses, glistening seed heads and bright, shiny berries.

What to look out for in the coming months

Outdoor Gardens

The labours of autumn and winter begin to bear fruit, and new life springs from the earth and the branches of trees and shrubs. Drifts of fresh spring bulbs and early wildflowers decorate beds and borders, while fragrant magnolias fill the air with their delicious scent. Look out for Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’, and M. ‘Star Wars’. 

Rainforest Biome

From the tropical forests of the Philippines, the stunning jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys, will be working its magic again, followed by Thumbergia mysorens flowering into early summer by the Malaysian home garden.

Mediterranean Biome

The floral landscape of Southwest Australia is an exciting new development here while the familiar vibrant colours of spring are provided by stunning displays of tulips, followed by exotic Persian buttercups, Ranunculus asiaticus. May sees the return of the bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae and the beautiful Madeira cranesbill, Geranium maderense.