So many Magnolias to choose from, the hardiest of them all is Stellata. I have seen this one growing very well in Aberdeen, however I have given up on it.
After several attempts over the years I have decided that our garden which is in a bit of a frost pocket is just not suitable, well thats my excuse.
The silky buds open, star shaped and the profuse blooms are pure white, flowering early/mid Spring before the leaves open.
Although the blooms are not the cup shape which we associate with Magnolia you will nevertheless find growing such a plant very satisfying. I have seen a number of these plants growing in the west end of Aberdeen, not just surviving but in fact flourishing.
Plant in a sunny sheltered spot in moist well drained acid/neutral soil.
Hardiness = Fully hardy in the posh end of town
Height = 6/7ft
Another Magnolia which I have also seen in Aberdeen is Soulangeana. This is the one we would all wish to have.
Although I have come across Soulangeana on a couple of occasions in Aberdeen they were definitely not thriving. Sickly looking plants with a few flowers. If you have had success please get in touch with me.
Two or three gardening friends from across the Atlantic quiz me on the difficulty that I have with Magnolia. There surprise is in the fact that Camellia grows well here so why not Magnolia. I have a suspicion that the cool Spring and Summer temperature here in Aberdeen perhaps prevent the buds from developing, I don’t think it has anything to do with the soil which is a little on the acidic side. I must admit I would like to know for sure what the problem is.
I had been thinking quite recently, do I add a blog post, not often enough or maybe too often. Well reading a post on Elephantseye I can see that others also ponder over this.I have come to the decision that I will post twice per week, on Mondays and Thursdays. When the gardening season is at its busiest, I may find that I am more comfortable with one posting per week.
The two photographs above are not my own, they are stock photos which I have had for a number of years. If you happen to be the photographer contact me and I will either delete them or add your name as photographer. Come April my friends Robert and Dawn have a neighbour with a Magnolia Stellata which does well, I will take a picture of it and remove the one above. As for Soulangeana my daughter in Cheshire has a beauty in her garden, I will pay her a visit, not just for this purpose, but it will be a bonus.