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Foliage

23/10/2019
Autumn Colour, Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

The Best Trees For Autumn Colour

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

14/06/2019
Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Summer Foliage Favourites

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

Autumn crab apples 25/09/2017
Around The Nursery Today, Autumn Colour, Cherry Blossom Trees, Foliage, Garden Design, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees

Rich Colours of Autumn

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

12/06/2017
Autumn Colour, Foliage, Garden Design, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees

Fresh Foliage In Striking Colours And Shapes

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

26/11/2014
Around The Nursery Today, Autumn Colour, Foliage, Ornamental Trees

The last of the Autumn Colours – Around the Nursery Today

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

22/07/2014
Around The Nursery Today, Foliage

Summer Colours

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

17/05/2014
Foliage, Garden Design, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees, Small Gardens

Growing Japanese Maple Trees in Containers

Japanese Maple trees make up some of our most popular ornamental trees and our customers regularly ask us if they can be grown in containers. The great news is that they can! A large number of our beautiful Acers are suited to container growing. There are of course, certain parameters to consider when growing Japanese Maple trees in pots. Use a loam based compost with good drainage Every other year, re-pot into a slightly bigger container in either April or September Plant at the same level as in the original... Read More

13/09/2013
Around The Nursery Today, Foliage, Ornamental Trees

Fact Friday – Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Fact Friday Tree – Ginkgo Biloba The Ginkgo Biloba Tree is a large deciduous species that begins life with a conical shape, becoming more irregular as it matures. The Ginkgo is a fabulous specimen tree. Best suited to large garden spaces. Common Names: Maidenhair Tree, Fossil Tree Foliage: Light green in colour with two-lobed, fan shaped leaves that turn saffron yellow in autumn. Planting Tips: Best suited to sunny positions in well-drained soil. Being a tough tree, Ginkgo Biloba will grow well in sheltered or exposed sites and will grow... Read More

20/08/2013
Autumn Colour, Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Thinking Ahead ~ Autumn Inspiration

All this rain in August has me thinking about the Autumn months. Beautiful crisp, cold days and colourful autumn leaves are my favourite time of year. Nothing brightens up the chillier months more than some vibrant foliage, colourful berries and lighter shades of bark. In this post I’d like to highlight some of my favourite Ornamental Trees for autumn and winter. These varieties will provide autumn colour and winter coverage, suitable for a range of garden sizes. Whether you have a small patch that needs sprucing up or a large... Read More

17/09/2010
Flowering Trees, Foliage, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees, Scent

Top Picks – Fragrant Flowers And Foliage

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 our top picks for fragrance. Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’ – Pink Magnolia tree Fragrant: April May The large, pale pink, tulip-shaped flowers have a rich, floral fragrance. They are decorated with a darker stripe on the... Read More