The star of these damp April days in New Lanark Roof Garden is the tree heather (Erica arborea var. alpina). Unlike low-growing heathers, this shrub can grow up to two metres. It has beautiful upswept evergreen branches covered in tiny flowers that show pink at first before opening into clusters of exquisite miniature white bells. On the other side of the garden, a newly planted Buddleia shrub has taken root in spite of suffering a blast of hard frost early on. During blinks of sunshine, a few blue anemones open their lovely star-shaped flowers.
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger
“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)