In the pink
Nothing beats a magnolia for spring impact, but remember they prefer neutral to acid soils to do well in a sheltered spot in semi-shade. You can also grow them in large tubs or half-barrels of ericaceous compost.‘New Pink’ produces large goblet-shaped, lightly fragrant blooms of pale pink, with a deeper base. Bushy, compact habit. Price: £49.99, currently on offer at £14.99. ‘Red Lucky’ was bred in China. It’s compact and upright in habit with lightly fragrant, deep pink, goblet-shaped blooms that open to blush-pink. It also has the ability to produce further flowers later in the year. Price: £29.99. Both are available from www.gardeningexpress.co.uk (no phone orders).