skip to Main Content

The Zinnia

Victorian gardeners knew of at least nine or ten varieties of zinnia, but the one preferred above all others was the 'coccinea', or scarlet-rayed zinnia. The species was introduced into Britain from Mexico in 1796, the scarlet-rayed variety being introduced…

Read More

Yellow Jasmine

While 'somewhat common' in Victorian gardens, the Yellow Jasmine (Jasminum revolutum) was a reasonably new import, having flowered for the first time in Britain in the garden of the Right Hon. Charles Long, at Bromley, in Kent, in 1814. Yellow…

Read More

Wisteria

The Glycine Sinensis (the correct name for the wisteria in Victorian times), a glorious, hardy climber, was first introduced into Britain from China by Captain Welbank in 1816 and was first grown in the garden of Charles Hampden Turner, Esq.,…

Read More
Back To Top