We are all aware a good watering regime is essential for young trees and shrubs to establish. In hot and dry weather, correct watering becomes even more important, so here’s a recap. How often? The species, length of time planted, location and weather all affect how often watering is required. Our product pages give tailored watering advice under the ‘Planting & Care’ tab which should be adhered to for trees planted within the last 3 years. Increase the frequency in periods of hot, dry weather and remember that a little... Read More
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
Flowering Cherry trees are loved for their cherry blossom, but we think these look stunning in the summer sun on our nursery today – Prunus ‘Snow Showers’ (left) and Prunus ‘The Bride’ (right) both top grafted at 120cm.
Following a late start due to the weather, the cherry blossom season is now in full swing. There’s so many beautiful blooms that it’s impossible to pick a favourite. For small garden, Prunus incisa ‘Mikinori’ is ideal and can even be grown in a container. For real show stoppers, look no further than Prunus ‘Kanzan’ or Prunus ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’ with their glorious pink double flowers. For an unusual choice, Prunus ‘Pandora’ has beautiful flowers that contain multiple hues of pink.
The wave of Spring flowering trees may be passing, but there’s a plethora of fresh foliage in striking colours and shapes. Many Japanese Maples are in their prime. Acer palmatum ‘Beni Maiko’ has stunning green and pink-red marbled effect leaves at the moment, that will turn a fiery red for Autumn. Acer palmatum Dissectum Viridis has lime green lacey foliage right now. In Autumn it turns shades of gold. Alternatively, Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ has pretty heart shaped leaves in a translucent yellow that will progress to a yellow-green... Read More
Japanese cherry and Japanese apricot trees are starting to come into bloom now that it’s spring. Prunus mume ‘Beni chidori’ is one of the first to come into flower and the glorious blooms of vivid pink flowers sitting on bare stems can be seen on full display right now. June Pearce, our marketing director, has a fine example of ‘Beni chidori” sitting outside her kitchen window. We asked June why she’d chosen this tree for such a prime position in her garden. June told us “It’s was planted 3 years ago... Read More
With the summer holidays just around the corner, we’ve found a selection of fun and exciting places to take the kids to get them involved in wildlife and gardening; The Eden Project (Cornwall) There are a wide variety of fun activities for children including; -Storytelling sessions -SkyWire (England’s longest zip wire) -Rainforest Biome (the largest indoor rainforest in the world) -The Spice Boat -The Spiral Garden -Dinosaurs Unleashed For more details on any of these activities, including prices, visit:http://www.edenproject.com/ RHS Flower Show: The Great Garden Carnival (Tatton... Read More
With the blossoming of so many bright, new flowers in the spring and the rich, warm colours that autumn brings, summer is often overlooked as a season perfect for a colourful garden. Wandering round the nursery today, the cream splashed foliage of the Populus Candicans Aurora tree stands out against the rest of the greens and brings with it a splash of colour now that the spring flowers have started to disappear. It is not only the colourful leaves that catch your eye but their heart-shape and the fresh... Read More