Plant of the month: Michelia Figo, the Portwine Magnolia

By July 13, 2015 Media No Comments

As many of our plants ease into their bare winter looks, a little glow of green stands out amongst the greys and bronzes – The beautiful Portwine Magnolia.

Unlike other members of the Magnolicae family, the Michelia Figo is an evergreen and offers glossy leaves all year around. With warm weather, anticipate the beautiful flowers that give it it’s name – A purple-red bloom with a strong heady fragrance. For designs requiring more height, ‘White Caviar’, the hybrid cross of the popular Yunnanensis Magnolia and Michelia Figo, is a narrower option offering the same heady fragrance from a creamy white flower.

What truly makes the Michelia Figo stand out is it’s versatility for design. The figo makes for a beautiful compact stand alone shrub, can be potted and shaped, but we especially like it for the beautiful hedge it creates. With it’s large, brilliant leaves, you can anticipate a hedge that adds vibrance to your landscape no matter what time of year. ‘White Caviar’ can also offer a more interesting screening option.

We currently have stunning Michelia Figos available in three sizes (30cm 40cm and 50cm), so swing by the Farm to experience in person the impact of these gorgeous plants, and how you can use them in your next project.