Bodnant holds four National Collections: Embothriums, Eucryphias
, Magnolias and Rhododendrons.
In August and September, many of the national collection of eucryphias
are out in flower.
But if you fancy gazing into the sky through a tracery of branches, slow- growers such as acers, magnolias or the fabulous south American flowering eucryphias
are all desirable beauties.
In my view, only the magnolias surpass them for beauty of form, foliage and flower, but the eucryphias have one major advantage even over the wonderful magnolias - they're in flower now.
Eucryphias like to be placed with their roots in the shade and their heads in the sun.
All eucryphias detest wind, so be careful of their location.
Choice rhododendrons bloom among the trees, along with Eucryphias
from South America and rare varieties of rowans from the Himalayas.