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Winter Gardens

Ilex aquifolium tree covered in frost 06/01/2022
Gardening Advice, Winter Gardens

Tree Tasks For Winter

The garden may be quieter in winter, but doing these tasks will protect trees from cold, blustery weather and get your garden ready for spring: Winter is an ideal time to prune several tree species, such as Rowan and Apple. Check our individual product pages for the best time to prune your tree. Check tree stakes are secure and ties are adjusted correctly, so they can stand up to strong winter winds. Terracotta pots (non-frostproof ones) can crack when water freezes. Protect them by relocating to a warmer area such... 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

22/01/2020
Flowering Trees, Garden Design, Winter Gardens

Gardens With Winter Interest

Winter may be associated with downtime in the garden, but with a little planning you can create a garden with plenty of interest throughout the season. The stripped back nature of winter gardens means it’s important to think in terms of structure. Trees with striking bark are a great way to add structure and interest, with Birch trees being particularly popular. Dogwood (Cornus) shrubs have stems in a range of bright colours, from bright red to lime green. Conifers come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures.... Read More

06/12/2019
Gardening Advice, Winter Gardens

Tree Tasks For December

Winter is still a good time to plant trees as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Over autumn and winter, deciduous trees will start settling it, ready for when spring arrives. Our help and advice section has lots of information on planting and caring for trees. Check tree ties are adjusted correctly and stakes will stand up to blustery winter winds. December is the ideal time to prune apple and pear trees as they are dormant. You may want to reduce their size or just tidy them up. For further information... 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

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' shrub 08/03/2017
Company News, Garden Design, Winter Gardens

Colourful Stemmed Cornus Shrubs

We’ve expanded our range of shrubs to include a stunning choice of Cornus shrubs, or Dogwoods as they are commonly known. These really come into their own in the wintertime, when their leaves have fallen and their vibrant coloured stems are on full display. Cornus shrubs are hardy, grow well in most soil conditions and even tolerate the damp. After the first year, just remember to prune them hard around February or early March. This encourages them to produce lots of new growth which is where the vivid colours are... Read More

10/11/2014
Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Winter Gardens

Winter Scented Plants & Trees

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

01/11/2013
Cherry Blossom Trees, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees, Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens – Ornamental Trees That Look Great in Winter

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

11/01/2011
Around The Nursery Today, Flowering Trees, Winter Gardens

Witch Hazel Hamamelis

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.

Winter Interest 10/01/2011
Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Winter Gardens

Trees for Winter Interest

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