Magnolia Black Tulip Puts on a Spectacular Spring Performance. 

Having worked in horticulture for over 30 years it now takes a spectacular plant to really impress me and actually stop me to admire the show.

A gorgeous Magnolia soulangeana hybrid with the darkest burgundy flowers in early Spring is the first of several varieties to perform in a Cheshire garden.

Breathtaking upclose the velvety crushed purple tulip shaped blooms are as big as a child’s head and held tight with overlapping petals much like it namesake the tulip.

Often fragrant like Black Tulip Magnolias are showy and dramatic and stand out well against a dark or silver background.

Magnolia’s are admired the World over and have a loyal fan base that excites each year bursting into flower at approx the same time as the first Tulips.

Still considered one of the rarest Magnolia’s it is sure to be a show stopper for years to come. The Magnolias suffers few ailments but often causes frustration from the sheer mass of petal fall it creates, a small price to play for such a riotus Spring performance.

Come follow me and make some wonderful gardening friends on


Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant




“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, when you find it in a Garden it’s like finding Paradise“

iGrowHort – A Head Gardener’s Horticultural Journey of love, life and learning.







Please follow and like us:
About Head Gardener 291 Articles
Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply