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Meet Susan, Betty and Leonard

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:31pm

Margaret Griffin


Looking for front garden ideas to make a statement and watch the seasons come and go?

After the gloomy grey of winter, its always a joy to see the garden return to its glory in spring.

Magnolia delivers that joy in abundance, bursting into life in early spring with large, magnificent blooms.

Magnolia plants are wonderful ornamental trees or large shrubs, available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with something to suit any garden. These easy to grow beauties are very low maintenance, making them perfect for everyone.

On arrival, plant in moist, acid-to-neutral soil in full sun or partial shaded areas.

Shallow planting is required for magnolia bushes, in areas that have great drainage. It is often recommended that you provide some protection from strong winds, and provide a mulch in early spring.

Do not allow plants to dry out in hot weather and water regularly. A little pruning is required for these magnificent shrubs, but if required you can prune lightly once the flowers have faded.

Magnolia Susan

Perfect for small gardens, it is a slow-growing deciduous shrub or small tree with fragrant reddish-purple flowers in mid to late spring. It is a gorgeous magnolia with scented goblet shaped flowers. As spring approaches, the buds' protective furry coat cracks open to reveal a lovely deep reddish-purple bud which later opens to red-purple and pink within.

Magnolia Betty

If you love the gorgeous blooms and heavenly scent of pink magnolia flowers, but don’t have the room to grow a large magnolia tree in your yard or garden then you will be thrilled to meet Betty.

Since it was bred to not only be smaller than other magnolias, but to bloom later than them too, Betty is less apt to suffer frost damage in spring.

Be patient with Betty, though - it takes two to three years to flower, but is so worth the wait!

Magnolia Leonard Messel

Noted for its frost resistance, this is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous shrub or small tree of remarkable beauty when in full bloom.

Leonard Messel bears pale pink, goblet-shaped flowers, that become more star-shaped as they open. The flowers appear before the foliage, making them particularly spectacular.

Planning to revamp your garden and need some advice? Why not bring a few photos on your notebook or smart phone to one of our design team?

Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey is open seven days a week until 6pm.

Book an appointment on 021-7334286 or email

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