With several major flower shows of the year already wrapped up, it’s an ideal time to look at the trends that are emerging. Sustainability is prevalent in the media, so perhaps it is of little surprise that a key theme of Chelsea Flower Show was natural planting. Native flowering plants such as Foxglove (Digitalis), Dog rose (Rosa canina) and Primrose (Primula vulgaris) are ideal for attracting wildlife such as bees. With the opening of a brand new ‘Mindfulness Gardens’ category at Chatsworth Flower Show, many of the show gardens had... Read More
Ornamental Trees Blog
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
We’ve been feeding birds for years on our nursery site and attract a huge variety of species. Some of the birds even decide to build nests on-site and raise their chicks here. Recently, it got us thinking about the importance of feeding wild birds, so we’ve decided to team up with the RHS and sell their range of high quality bird food. The range includes several high energy choices that are perfect for feeding to birds right now and others that are ideal for feeding year-round. If you’re buying a... 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
We’re excited to announce we now offer a large range of patio fruit trees, so you can have fresh fruit right on your doorstep! Patios are often wonderfully sunny spots, making them the ideal place for growing a variety of fruit. Not only do these compact fruit trees provide a supply of fruit, they have pretty spring flowers that are best enjoyed up close on a patio. The top worked Garden Beauty nectarine and Garden Lady peach trees in our patio range both have gorgeous pink flowers and are worthy... 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.
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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
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