Ornamental Trees Blog

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

02/10/2014
Cherry Blossom Trees, Company News, Events, Ornamental Trees

Shinto Tree Planting Ceremony

Shinto Tree Planting Ceremony Abbotsholme School 125 year Anniversary | October 1st 2014 Shinto – An ancient Japanese belief in the bond between man and nature. Shinto is about communicating with nature and giving thanks for the gifts that we receive, such as a glorious morning sunrise presenting us with a new day, or the beautiful blossoms that  adorn the branches of the Japanese Cherry tree in spring. The team at Ornamental Trees were lucky enough to be invited to a traditional Shinto tree planting ceremony at Abbotsholme School, Uttoxeter,... Read More

01/09/2014
Autumn Colour, Garden Design, Ornamental Trees

Autumn Colour Focus ~ Warming up your garden after the summer sun has gone

Autumn is the beginning of the warmest season in terms of the colours that flood the foliage of your trees and shrubs, giving a vibrant burst of life as the sunny summer days start to fade. This post provides a spotlight on a variety of different trees, each offering its own unique contribution to the autumn colour scheme.   Cercidiphyllum Japonicum (Katsura Tree) The Katsura is a medium sized tree with heart-shaped leaves that display a variety of reddish-green tones in the spring/summer months, developing into enchanting burnt yellow-orange and... Read More

22/08/2014
Cherry Blossom Trees, Garden Design, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees, Small Gardens

Small and Striking Dwarf Trees

When choosing an ornamental tree for your garden, the species, colour, seasonal interest and price all have an influence on the decision, however, the size of the tree can often be overlooked. For people with smaller gardens, it’s important to remember that when you purchase a tree or shrub, it’s going to achieve a larger height and spread as it matures. Many people with limited space in their garden make the mistake of planting a specimen that is too big for their landscape, and will therefore, outgrow its space or... Read More

30/07/2014
Fruit Trees & Bushes

It’s cropping and cooking time!

  With end of July already upon us and August just around the corner, now is a great time to consider the large variety of fruit ready to be cropped. July is the opening month for cropping an assortment of fruit, including: apples, grapes and raspberries. However, in this blog, we’ll be focusing on a selection of recipes showcasing cherries, blackberries and blueberries.   Morello cherries   This variety of cherry is often known as a cooking cherry as they have a good, strong flavour and can often be a... Read More

23/07/2014
Events

Summer days out for little green fingers

  With the summer holidays just around the corner, we’ve found a selection of fun and exciting places to take the kids to get them involved in wildlife and gardening;   The Eden Project (Cornwall) There are a wide variety of fun activities for children including; -Storytelling sessions -SkyWire (England’s longest zip wire) -Rainforest Biome (the largest indoor rainforest in the world) -The Spice Boat -The Spiral Garden -Dinosaurs Unleashed For more details on any of these activities, including prices, visit:http://www.edenproject.com/   RHS Flower Show: The Great Garden Carnival (Tatton... 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

25/06/2014
Events, Garden Design, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Trees

Get The Look – Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh

The new series of Love Your Garden started last night on ITV and as always the show featured a remarkable family who greatly deserved a beautiful garden makeover. The first episode of the new series focused on the Chan Family, whose youngest daughter Amelie was born with Charge syndrome. Love Your Garden designed a wonderful haven for the Chan family consisting of a safe, no-slip decking area; large outdoor dining table and a garden building for Amelie to play in whilst her sisters enjoy the sun loungers in the adjacent... 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

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