QI’d love a magnolia in my garden but don’t have a lot of space. What do you recommend? Mrs A Brown
aFor a small garden I’d recommend Magnolia stellata – it grows to the size of a large bush or small tree and has beautiful, white, lightly fragrant blooms in star-like formations on bare branches in spring. It prefers moist, welldrained soil and plenty of sunshine, and ideally shelter from hard frosts which may damage its buds. Another delightful small one is Magnolia wilsonii which has exquisite and fragrant cup-shaped flowers with crimson stamens.