In Autumn, there is still plenty of colour in the Garden, thanks to the sub-tropical climate of the area. Loveliest among autumn flowers are the lily-like blooms of three South African genera which are actually related to daffodils: Crinum, Amaryllis and Nerine. The Crinums are the largest and earliest, beginning in August and continuing into October. Nerines flower from September to November, producing stems of bright pink, narrow petalled flowers.
Gunnera manicata (above) from Brazil produces enormous leaves up to 2m across and exotic looking flower spikes. At Logan a tunnel has been created to allow indviduals to walk through the 'Giant Rhubarb', an experience that will never be forgotten!
Mature specimens of Eucryphias (above) located in the Walled Garden are a magnet for bees and are to provide the source of manuka honey. Nerines provide an amazing carpet of pink under mature cabbage palms as seen below.
Proteas growing in the conservatory provide a taste of the Cape Flora throughout the summer months. One of the most exotic is Leucospermum cordifolium, the "Pin Cushion plant" as shown below.
Located at the front of the bistro and shown below, the desert border contains a collection of arid plants from deserts around the world many of which are seldom seen grown outside in the U.K. Plants such as Agaves, Beschorneria, Dasylirion and Nolina all help to create an exotic feel and enjoy the warm sunny position.
A number of shrubs flower in winter, with stray flowers in autumn or early spring.
Isoplexis canarensis commonly known as the "Canary Foxglove", as seen above, is a tender species native to Tenerife that produces a sucession of orange flowers in late Summer. Crosses and sculptures combine to form long lasting interest. Logan is a plantsman's paradise where, even in autumn and winter, the visitor gets the chance to encounter exotic species which are grown nowhere else in Scotland.
The above picture illustrates the many autumnal flowering grasses and a slate vase.