From the first foliage of spring through the spectacular floral displays of summer and on to the exotic fruits and late-flowering species of autumn, Logan is a seasonal treasure.
Swathes of snowdrops and banks of daffodils provide a splash of colour as the Garden opens for a new season. Visitors in spring will also have plenty to admire in the spectacular floral displays provided by the magnolias and camellias - the Camellia Walk in the Middle Walled Garden is at its best in spring. Also stunning are Magnolia campbellii ssp. mollicomata 'Lanarth', with its burst of bright pink flowers. Early-flowering rhododendrons add to the display; one of the finest is R. edgeworthii, with its unbeatable combination of fine flowers, beautiful foliage and delicate fragrance. Logan has few plants that are native to the USA, but Trillium chloropetalum is surely one of the prettiest, with its carpet of shade-loving deep-red flowers.
In summer the air is filled with scent as more Maddenii rhododendrons burst into bloom and nectar oozes from the vibrant scarlet flowers of the Southern Rata. The exotic foliage of the tree ferns and cabbage palms mingles with the wealth of spectacular flowering plants to make Logan a true garden-lover's paradise. Colourful borders line the paths of the Walled Garden and more than 30 species of fuchsia come into flower. Look out too for the climbing pastel-coloured daisies from Africa and the Canary Islands on the centre wall, and the brilliant display provided by the orange, red and yellow candelabra primulas. Gladiolus papilio, with its delicate pale purple flowers, can be seen in the beds around the pond, while the elegant pale-orange flowers of the Hedychium spicatum, a member of the ginger family, provide another flush of summer colour in the perimeter border.
Logan's mild climate ensures that the warmth of summer extends well into the autumn months, with plenty of colour still in the Garden for visitors to enjoy. Among the highlights of the season are lily-like flowers of the South African Nerine, in bloom throughout the autumn months. Also putting on a seasonal display are stands of Agapanthus, another South African native, with their vivid blue bell-shaped flowers. The climber Berberidopsis corallina, a native of Chile, shows off its delicate crimson bells on the centre wall, while the Australian Dianella intermedia's bright purple berries provide a flash of colour throughout autumn.
Much of the Garden is dormant in winter (and is closed to the public), while the staff busily prepare for the new growing season. Extreme winter weather is infrequent here but occasional snowfalls create a landscape that is almost as spectacular as when the Garden is in full bloom. In the Tasmanian Creek, Eucalyptus is at its most beautiful, with textured trunks showing off markings in a variety of hues. Dark evergreens provide a backdrop to rare splashes of colour. Logan is fortunate enough to be able to grow outdoors several species of Correa, evergreen shrubs native to Australia and Tasmania. Correa backhousiana produces yellow bell-shaped flowers throughout winter.
Swathes of Snowdrops
Magnolia and Camelia displays
Exotic Floral Displays
Tree Ferns and Cabbage Palms
Spectacular Gunnera Grove