There are some glorious flowering dogwoods out there and now is the time that they are looking fantastic. The cornus kousa chinensis with its creamy white bracts looks good grown as a bush or single stem tree. For something a little different Cornus florida Cherokee Chief has large pink bracts that smother the branches in abundance. Cornus kousa China Girl is a slightly finer form of chinensis, the white bracts are more reliable as chinensis is often grown from seed and genetic variations can occur such as pink blotches over... Read More
Pretty in Pink – A lovely selection of some of the top pink plants for the garden! From deep pinkish/purples to palest candy floss, pink plants make a statement and suit lots of colour schemes. For more pink plants click here or click a picture for further information on the plant.
Red is fiery and hot. It’s a vibrant colour that evokes a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passion and love to violence or danger. In the landscape red adds an eye-catching splash! Here are some of my top picks for red themed plants. Click a photograph for further information on that plant.
There are many deciduous trees that give fantastic winter interest, from stunning bark to those that hold their berries or even flower in winter. Maples and Birch trees offer some of the best and most varied bark, but also consider Prunus serrula with it’s rich, glossy peeling bark. Crab Apple, Hawthorn and Mountain Ash trees can still hold their fruits into winter, whilst Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ and Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ may flower. Here are some of our favourite trees for winter interest. Click the image to view... Read More
It’s dull grey weather like this that brings the bright white bark of white stem birches out! The white barked birch trees on the nursery look amazing against the greying sky! Many customers ask us, which is the very whitest of the silver birches? And the resounding answer is always Doorenbos. This popular white stem Himalayan birch is snowy white all year. Click here for more information Just take a look at this multistem form in our carpark at the nursery.
Often we choose trees and shrubs for our gardens that are aesthetically pleasing; sumptuous foliage, rich flowers and striking architectural forms but we mustn’t over look the importance of fragrance. From shrubs that dizzy the senses with the aroma of their blooms to trees with autumn foliage that smells good enough to eat here are my top picks for fragrance. Chimonanthus praecox – Wintersweet Fragrant: December January February A lovely medium sized bushy shrub for winter interest, wintersweet bares deliciously scented custard yellow flowers with blackberry-purple stained centres. Davidia involucrate... Read More
Blog update – November 2018. This blog is packed with tree ideas for small gardens. For those of us with small gardens, patio gardens or courtyard gardens choosing a tree is an important task. Often there is room for only one tree, so this single specimen must provide us with the most tree for our money. Trees for small gardens should be chosen not only for their limited height and spread but also for their features, as often a singular tree will become a feature tree within a small garden.... Read More
Many of us have a patio garden or balcony garden on which to create a lovely green habitat, others may have a roof garden; any of these small gardens can be a perfect home for trees and shrubs in pots. Kitchen garden in a pot There is a huge choice of fruit for the kitchen garden, some of which are ideal trees for pots. Dwarf apples, pears and cherries can all be patio trees. Apples will require rootstock ‘M27’ or ‘M9’, Pears rootstock ‘Quince C’ and cherries ‘Gisela 5’ for... Read More
Originally Japanese gardens were intended to express Buddhism and Taosim but during the Heian period (794-1185) the purpose of Japanese gardens shifted to becoming a place for contemplation, amusement and ceremonies as well as being a place with religious meaning. As with Chinese gardens nature has a huge influence on the design of Japanese gardens. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity in Japanese gardens, the black pine would be used to evoke a maritime scene whilst the red pine was used in more mountainous settings. Mostly, Japanese designs... Read More