The Lough Tree of Wexford

When Joy and l planned Ballyrobert Gardens just over 30 years ago, a key part of our intention at the time was to ensure that the design of the garden would reflect the historic nature of the site which seemed to have been a clachan. There were fruit trees here when we purchased the site, […]

Agapanthus ‘Helen’

Beginning in the 1990’s Gary Dunlop, the founder and owner of Ballyrogan Nursery in County Down, bred, selected, and introduced Agapanthus, Crocosmia, Dierama, and Erythronium to mention but a few of the plant genera in which he had an interest. Charles Nelson (E C Nelson, A Heritage of Beauty, IGPS, 2000) lists some fifteen  agapanthus […]

Olearia ‘Talbot de Malahide’

Olearias are popular plants with Irish gardeners, especially for those of us who live by the sea. Native to Australia and New Zealand, many of the species have a thick, resistant foliage which tolerates salt-laden winds and can be grown as part of a shelterbelt or as a specimen within coastal gardens. However they should […]