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Ornamental Trees

14/03/2022
Cherry Blossom Trees, Flowering Trees, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Early Spring Flowering Trees

It’s early spring and a number of our trees and shrubs are in full bloom. Of the cherry blossom trees, Prunus ‘Okame’, Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ and Prunus ‘Pink Cascade’ are all awash with a mass of pink flowers. Prunus mume ‘Omoi-no-mama’ and Prunus ‘Marie Mallet’ are good choices of early white flowering varieties, sometimes displaying pink flushes. Acacia dealbata Gaulois Astier currently has bright yellow spherical flowerheads that are reminiscent of pompoms all over it. An alternative early yellow flowering tree is Cornus mas, which produces a plethora of small, bright... Read More

14/01/2022
Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

New Arrivals For 2022 – Our Pick Of The Latest Trees & Shrubs

At Ornamental Trees, we’re always excited to come across new varieties for the garden. Here’s a taster of our new arrivals, from dwarf Cherry Blossom trees to oak-leaved Hydrangea shrubs. If you want an unusual Flowering Cherry tree, Prunus litigiosa has distinctive flowers with long anthers. For small gardens, Prunus ‘Frilly Frock’ is a fantastic dwarf weeping Cherry tree. It has pale pink spring flowers followed by variegated foliage with good autumn colour, providing interest from spring through to autumn. For foliage, Cercis canadensis ‘Carolina Sweetheart’ sets itself apart with... Read More

16/06/2021
Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Scent

Top Scented Trees

Visual appeal isn’t the only joy that trees bring to the garden. Their flowers and even leaves can emit delightful scents that transform a space. To maximise enjoyment, plant near a seating area or somewhere you walk past. From flowers with gentle sweet smells to heady aromas or foliage that smells good enough to eat, here are our top pick of trees for fragrance. Prunus x yedoensis Yoshino Cherry This small, wide spreading tree is popular for its white flowers that have a delicate sweet almond scent. The flowers can... Read More

14/08/2020
Autumn Colour, Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Winter Gardens

Delightfully Diverse Crab Apples

Crab apples are wonderfully varied, from the little gem-like fruits of Malus brevipes ‘Wedding Bouquet’ (above, far left) to the large culinary crab apples of Malus ‘Rosehip’ with their pronounced calyx (above, far right). The fruits come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes, with colours ranging from bright yellow through to crimson red and dark purple. Some crab apples are particularly decorative and others are ideal for turning into delicious crab apple jelly or chutney. Those best for culinary use include Malus ‘Butterball’, Malus ‘Jelly King’, Malus ‘John... Read More

03/03/2020
Environment, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Planting Trees For The Planet

Environmental concerns have been forefront in the media recently and trees are being hailed as one of the best answers. Supporting charities that carry out large scale planting of trees is one way to get involved, but we want to highlight why it’s important to think in terms of your own garden too, no matter what size. Carbon in the atmosphere is responsible for increasing temperatures and trees are natural carbon sinks, removing it from the atmosphere and storing it. For those that have large gardens, trees that grow large... Read More

23/10/2019
Autumn Colour, Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

The Best Trees For Autumn Colour

Many trees are awash with stunning autumn colours on their foliage, but which are the best? For very small gardens, Japanese Maples are fantastic. There is a huge choice in spring, summer and autumn foliage colours. Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Garnet’ and Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ are firm favourites for their bright scarlet autumn foliage. For autumn colour plus spring flowers, we recommend Amelanchier (Juneberry) and Flowering Cherry trees. The flowers vary in shades of white through to dark pink, with Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ known for flowering in winter. Crab Apple... Read More

25/06/2019
Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Key Garden Trends for 2019

With several major flower shows of the year already wrapped up, it’s an ideal time to look at the trends that are emerging. Sustainability is prevalent in the media, so perhaps it is of little surprise that a key theme of Chelsea Flower Show was natural planting. Native flowering plants such as Foxglove (Digitalis), Dog rose (Rosa canina) and Primrose (Primula vulgaris) are ideal for attracting wildlife such as bees. With the opening of a brand new ‘Mindfulness Gardens’ category at Chatsworth Flower Show, many of the show gardens had... Read More

14/06/2019
Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Summer Foliage Favourites

Flowers can be fleeting, but foliage is a key feature of trees for much of the year. The most obvious attributes of leaves are their colour and shape, which can vary wildly. Scent is also a feature in some species. The density of the foliage can be used to impact a garden, with an airy canopy creating dappled shade and dense foliage used to create privacy or reduce noise. Here are five of our favourite trees for foliage right now: Cercidiphyllum japonicum – the heart shaped leaves can take on... Read More

29/11/2018
Ornamental Trees, Small Gardens, Winter Gardens

Five Fantastic Evergreen Trees For Small Gardens

In small gardens, it’s important for trees to pull their weight by providing plenty of interest. You may think you have to decide between deciduous trees with seasonal interest and evergreen trees that offer year round colour. Luckily, that’s not true and here we tell you about some of our favourite feature-packed small evergreen trees: Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’ – If you’ve not come across it already, you may be surprised that there is an evergreen tree with profuse blue flowers. Arbutus unedo – Evergreen leaves, urn-shaped flowers and unusual ornamental... Read More