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
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
The seasons are changing and Autumn has officially begun. The bright colours of summer are fading and making way for the rich coloured foliage and berries of Autumn. Maple trees are well known for their Autumn foliage, with Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ and Acer rubrum ‘Sun Valley’ being particularly fine examples. Crab apples are going strong, with Malus Marble yielding large marbled fruits and Malus ‘Royal Beauty’ producing small, pretty dark-purple fruits. Liquidambar displays some of the finest Autumn foliage. The leaves of Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’ turns stunning shades of... Read More
We’ve been strolling around the nursery today, appreciating the last of the autumn colours, before the cold weather relieves the trees of their leaves and they disappear until next year. We’ve found a collection of stunning, dramatic leaves that we think deserve a mention for their impressive autumn display. Malus Evereste Tree (Flowering Crab Apple) This flowering crab apple tree displays small, electric yellow leaves in the autumn, which provide a wonderful canvas for the flushed crab apples, beaming with shades of orange, red and yellow. The leaves are simple... Read More
When considering what to plant in a winter garden, often the emphasis is on attractive, evergreen foliage, interesting bark or beautiful winter blossoms. There’s no denying that all of this works wonderfully to create a stunning winter display, however we’ve decided to focus on something a little bit different; Hamamelis Intermedia Arnold’s Promise More commonly known as Yellow Witch Hazel, this interesting plant releases a delicate, sweet fragrance that hangs in the crisp winter air, providing a sensory treat when the rest of the garden can start to appear bare.... Read More
Autumn is the beginning of the warmest season in terms of the colours that flood the foliage of your trees and shrubs, giving a vibrant burst of life as the sunny summer days start to fade. This post provides a spotlight on a variety of different trees, each offering its own unique contribution to the autumn colour scheme. Cercidiphyllum Japonicum (Katsura Tree) The Katsura is a medium sized tree with heart-shaped leaves that display a variety of reddish-green tones in the spring/summer months, developing into enchanting burnt yellow-orange and... Read More
While lots of other plants are hunkering down for the winter, there are many tree varieties that are just beginning to burst into life, bringing a wonderful splash of colour and a hint of magic to a winter garden scene. One of our most sought after trees for winter is the Winter Flowering Cherry Tree aka Prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Tree. With flowers appearing intermittently from now until March, the Winter Flowering Cherry Tree is a delightful addition to any garden and really brings a garden to life during these cold,... Read More
Now is the time that the winter flowering shrub Hamamelis unfurl their ribbon like petals. These Witch Hazel shrubs boast a choice of red, orange and yellow scented flowers all of which are vibrant and fiery. Hamamelis are of great value to wildlife and with their glossy green spring/summer foliage and vivid autumn colour they make a big statement year round. Take a look below at some of my personal favorite Witch Hazel varieties. Click a photograph for further information.
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.