WHAT magnolia would be best suited for my small front garden? Joan Smith, York.
MAgNOliAs are at their best this month, producing stunning, goblet-shaped flowers ranging in colour from ivory to claret, but some of the larger specimens can dominate a garden. The
star magnolia or Magnolia stellata is great for a smaller space as it is compact in its growth.
As its name suggests, it has pure white star-like flowers, about 10cm in diameter, with a hint of blush pink. They open from silky buds and are gently fragranced.
it likes a sheltered spot in full sun, or dappled shade and requires little pruning. Just remove any dead or diseased branches in summer.