When it hits its peak from April to late-May, hundreds of Rhododendrons including Magnolias, Camellias and various bulbs will be flowering across the 300 acre gardens. Over the past 300 years many varieties have been planted including a large specimen of Rhododendron arboreum ssp albotomentosum that is an exquisite plant with white backed dark green leaves which shows off its beautiful red flowers produced from March to May.
Rhododendron arboreum (next to the main lawn) is the largest girthed specimen in the country and dates back to 1863. The largest specimen of Rhododendron falconeri in the British Isles will be in full flower in April. Rounding off the season in late May will be the beautiful scented white and pale pink blooms of Rhododendron decorum.