A Tour of the World's Largest Collection of Living Plants

London's Kew Gardens is a gardener's fantasy of rare and exotic plants.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

The Handkerchief Tree

Also known as the dove tree, Davidia involucrata is distinguished by its long white flowers that look like tissues.

Actinidia Kolomikta

The unusual leaves of Actinidia kolomikta appear to be dipped in white paint. This beautiful vine is a deciduous, twining climber.

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart, or Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis) is one of the endless varieties of plants on view at Kew Gardens and was first introduced into England in the 19th century from Japan by plant explorer Robert Fortune.

Kew Rock Garden

The dramatic rock garden at Kew.

An 1882 Rock Garden

Kew's rock garden features mountain, Mediterranean and moisture-loving plants from around the world.

Marigolds

Marigolds are planted in Kew's Global Kitchen vegetable garden to ward off pests.

Moroccan Mint

Moroccan mint from Kew's Global Garden.

Chives

Beautiful chive flowers in the Kew edible garden.

Old Soul

A weeping beech grafted to a conventional beech results in an astonishingly original tree dating to 1790.

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic growing on the grounds at Kew.

Agave Tequilana

Agave tequilana, or blue agave, is used in making tequila. Notice the clever design of this cacti planter using a mix of grey and tan stones.

Cactus

Oreocereus celsianus, in a Kew cactus display. Notice the pattern created by using different shades of stone in the display.

Monkey Puzzle Tree

The monkey puzzle tree, or Araucaria araucana, the national tree of Chile has a fascinating, sculptural quality. This unusual conifer was first brought to England in 1795.

Monkey Puzzle Detail

A detail of the monkey puzzle tree from Chile.