In April this year I visited Buxton Pavilion Gardens, the indoor garden was wonderful with so many plants. Primula, begonia (in leaf and flower), Abutilon in every colour from white to deep red, Ranunculus tightly furled and perfect, Cyclamen, Pericallis and so much more. Foliage backdrops included Dicksonia, Cycas, Monstera, ferns, Araucaria cunninghamii and more making a wonderful green wrap around the vibrant colours of the flowers. A little foliage colour was added with scented leaf Pelargonium and Tradescantia. Poinsettia were still exhibiting colourful bracts as well as Caladium. Plants as diverse as Hydrangea, Anthurium and Hyacinthus had made their home here. Having a bad hair day as always was Allium 'Hair', a curious plant, but I love it. Clivia and Justicia (the shrimp plant) added further exotic touches. There was even a banana growing up against the window.
Outdoors there were planters of spring bulbs and further along golden Spiraea growing underneath the conservatory windows, rather badly pruned I thought. Opposite at the edge of the pavilion gardens were Magnolia stellata and Pulmonaria (lungwort).
Words and images copyright Karen Platt 2017