Yellow Flowering Ginger – Hedychium spp
The stunning yellow orchid like flowers of this mostly ornamental flowering ginger make it truly one of the most marvellous little surprises in the summer garden. See this plant in bloom in the Chinese Garden just up from the main Domain entrance, and if you are lucky on a still evening its heavenly scent will tantalise the senses.
Giant Formosa Lily – Lilium formosum
This stately giant of the lily world can grow to over 2 meters in height and boy do they make a statement in the garden during summer. These are currently in flower and looking at their best near the entrance to the Chinese garden.
Norfolk Island hibiscus – Lagunaria patersonia
This is a beautiful and hardy tree from parts of north east Queensland, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. It is incredibly tolerant of a wide range of locations from coastal to cool temperate. The stunning pink to mauve Hibiscus flowers are produced on mass in summer and blanket the ground under the tree. Also known as Itchy Pod trees, as the large seed pods contain sharp hairs that irritate the skin, beware! Our tree stands near the large floral clock close to the palm grove.
Bull Bay Magnolia – Magnolia grandiflora
Always a treasure to see this magnolia in flower with its large dish sized flowers of creamy white opening from an ivory bud to reveal an intriguing lightly pink centre with a delightful lemon fragrance. This tree from the eastern USA is a hardy favourite in Australia with various smaller cultivars also popular. You can find it just opposite the Floral Clock.
East Coast Everlasting – Xerochrysum bicolor
This is a rare native of the east coast of Tasmania and some parts of mainland Australia. Here it is under-planted between Old Man Banksia, Tasmanian Banksia serrata trees. It is an annual to short lived perennial plant that flowers profusely through the summer months. The flowers can be long lasting in dry flower arrangements. They can be found in the native garden section beyond the fern house.
Floral clock with Marigolds – Tagetes patula
The Floral Clock is a classic feature of many botanical gardens around Australia. This one was installed in 1969 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. It’s annual and succulent displays mark the time of the seasons.
The Gardens will be 200 years old in 2018 and we are planning on making it a year to remember.
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