Ornamental Trees Blog

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

Gardening Advice

Top 10 Gardening Blogs

Gardening is becoming more popular than ever as many of us turn to our gardens in these socially distanced times. Even those without a garden are finding ways to get back to nature and grow plants. Here’s our top 10 gardening blogs to keep you informed and inspired, no matter what size space you have. The Middle-Sized Garden is a great source of inspiration for those with medium sized gardens, but it is so much more than that. Alexandra is not afraid to ask experts for their advice so this... 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

Company News

Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2020

We’re thrilled to have won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2020 for businesses that go above and beyond to provide a consistently excellent service year after year! The Platinum award is a brand new award and the highest accolade Feefo offer. We have previously received the Feefo Gold Service Award in 2019, 2018 and 2017. We’d like to thank the Ornamental Trees staff & all our wonderful customers.  

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

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

Environment, Gifts

Unusual & Green Gift Ideas For Gardeners

Fed up of giving the gardener in your life yet another gardening gift set that will go unused after Christmas? Take a look at these unusual and green ideas for gifts they will truly thank you for: 1. Ornamental trees are a gift that keeps on growing year after year and as no two trees are the same, it’s a wonderfully unique gift. We may be biased, but our beautiful eco-friendly hessian gift wrapping and hand written cards makes it extra special. 2. Garden visits make a great gift experience.... Read More

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