Garden Design

Environment, Garden Design

Gardening Trends for 2022 And Beyond

The environment remains a key focus in the wider world and is reflected in gardening trends in a number of ways. Gardens are slowly stepping away from the sleek urban style and evolving a softer, more relaxed look with plenty of texture, akin to nature itself. Try using natural materials for landscaping including stone and wood. This can be softened further with low-growing plants such as thyme planted between paving slabs. Mixing and matching old paving slabs is a great way to be kind on your wallet and the environment... Read More

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

Cherry Blossom Trees, Garden Design, Small Gardens

Growing Cherry Blossom Trees in Pot and Containers

The cherry blossom lined streets of Japan are a sight to behold but you don’t need to travel abroad or have a large garden to enjoy these flowers up close. A number of Flowering Cherry varieties are small enough to be grown in a container, but still put on a fantastic display. Cherry Blossom trees like a sunny and sheltered position, so growing compact varieties in pots on a sheltered patio is ideal. They don’t tolerate wet soil well, so in autumn and winter it is worth using pot feet... Read More

Fruit Trees & Bushes, Garden Design

New Arrivals For 2022 – Our Pick Of The Latest Fruit Trees

We’re thrilled to announce a number of new fruit trees and bushes have been added to our offering. Firstly, Tickled Pink is an exciting dual-purpose apple tree with colourful red-fleshed apples that retain their shape, colour and flavour when cooked. The delicious apples were even featured on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2019. We also have three new eating apple varieties that are all suited to juicing. Chivers Delight and Jonagold have a sweet honeyed flavour, with the large fruits of Jonagold storing for 1-2 months and Chivers Delight... Read More

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

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

Garden Design, Small Gardens

The Best Trees To Grow When You Have No Garden

  It’s perfectly possible to grow trees and create a little green oasis outdoors even if you don’t have a garden. Don’t believe us? Read on… A patio is the next best thing to a garden. We offer over 100 varieties of tree that can be grown in a pot! Many patios have limited space but are sun traps, so suited to small Flowering Cherry trees with their glorious spring blossom and colourful autumn foliage. You can even grow fruit trees in pots on a sunny patio – we offer... Read More

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

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

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