Trilliums At Harlow Carr Garden (Mainly)

Large flowered trillium
Trillium chloropetalum var. giganteum with erythroniums and an emerging fern

These trilliums are from RHS Harlow Carr’s beautiful Spring woodland garden on the hillside behind the stone building used for exhibitions. It’s a little out of the way and I wonder how many visitors have discovered it – I only stumbled on it by mistake. It struck me as being fairly newly planted but if so, they’ve done a great job.

RHS gardens are rightly closed to help protect us, but of all the gardens that are out of reach, this is the one that calls me most plaintively. 

Many trilliums in bloom in a woodland garden
Trilliums with ferns and tree stumps in the woodland garden in late April 2019
white trillium, backlit, with maroon anthers
Unusual white trillium with maroon purple anthers
Trillium simile white maroon anthers
Trillium simile
Trilliums grown with tiarella as companion plants
Greenish-brownish trilliums with tiarella
Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum
Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum facing forward
Pale pink trillium grandiflorum with yellow stamens
Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum – pale pink flowers with a darker reverse
Red trillium
Red trillium (Trillium erectum) with bluebell blurs

I am thankful for what I have, but I would have loved to see how this garden is developing.

While I’m on a roll, I’m adding in a few ‘spare’ trilliums from my files. I’m not sure where the first was taken, but I suspect somewhere in Alabama.

Trillium with brown flower
Trillium with brown flower
Yellow trillium grown with hosta in a rock garden
Trillium luteum with a small hosta at Bodnant Gardens
White trillium grandiflorum with double flowers
Double white Trillium grandiflorum at Gresgarth Garden

Shared for today’s Discover Prompt (Hidden) and for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

31 Replies to “Trilliums At Harlow Carr Garden (Mainly)”

  1. I am quite partial to the Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum myself. The trillium is the flower of Ontario, Canada. I have never seen the other types of trilliums before. And the double one is amazing.

  2. How wonderful to spend a few minutes in a woodland garden this morning. I bet the loudest noise is the unfurling of the ferns. Beautifully calming. But, oh, that double white — nothing calming about that — it’s a party! I do covet that one. Thanks for the bit of peace!

  3. I love all trillia 🙂 so am rapt with pleasure at the sight of all these. I rarely find them like this but my locals are wild so just a couple here and there. What a great garden!

    1. I know how you feel. 🙂

      It is a lovely garden. I imagine they will hybridise and there will be some more curiosities in a decade or so.

    1. I tried growing them from seed once, but they are quite tricky. They root one year (I managed that bit) then only go on to produce shoots in year two.

  4. They are beautiful. But they look like they are not sun-loving plants and require wetness.

  5. I love those secret woodland areas of Harlow Carr, and it’s so sad that it’s at its spring best now with (presumably) just a few gardeners able to see it. I hope they’re enjoying it.

    1. They have done a very good job of soil preparation and there are tree stumps and branches around which gives a natural look. I think you’d approve!

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