Its May, the world is green with fresh new growth, fruit trees have flowered, the sun is warm. There is still time to plant pot grown fruit trees, but this wasn’t always so. Until the 1960’s all plants were either sold bare rooted in the winter months, or as rootballs in the spring and autumn. In both cases the plants were grown in the ground. Growing plants in pots originated in America, indeed, they still call pots ‘cans’, as it was old tin cans that were used before commercial production... Read More
Some superb testimonials from our superb customers! Thank you all for your kind comments. “Ornamental Tree Nurseries has a comprehensive list of trees, many of them rare and unusual…” Alan Titchmarsh “The service I received from Ornamental Tree Nurseries was excellent in every aspect. Your website now has pride of place in my ‘favourites’ and I would not hesitate to recommend or use your service again in the future.” Mrs S, London “The tree was at the front door when I arrived home. It was beautifully packaged and was in... Read More
Pretty in Pink – A lovely selection of some of the top pink plants for the garden! From deep pinkish/purples to palest candy floss, pink plants make a statement and suit lots of colour schemes. For more pink plants click here or click a picture for further information on the plant.
Now is the time that the winter flowering shrub Hamamelis unfurl their ribbon like petals. These Witch Hazel shrubs boast a choice of red, orange and yellow scented flowers all of which are vibrant and fiery. Hamamelis are of great value to wildlife and with their glossy green spring/summer foliage and vivid autumn colour they make a big statement year round. Take a look below at some of my personal favorite Witch Hazel varieties. Click a photograph for further information.
There are many deciduous trees that give fantastic winter interest, from stunning bark to those that hold their berries or even flower in winter. Maples and Birch trees offer some of the best and most varied bark, but also consider Prunus serrula with it’s rich, glossy peeling bark. Crab Apple, Hawthorn and Mountain Ash trees can still hold their fruits into winter, whilst Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ and Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ may flower. Here are some of our favourite trees for winter interest. Click the image to view... Read More
It’s dull grey weather like this that brings the bright white bark of white stem birches out! The white barked birch trees on the nursery look amazing against the greying sky! Many customers ask us, which is the very whitest of the silver birches? And the resounding answer is always Doorenbos. This popular white stem Himalayan birch is snowy white all year. Click here for more information Just take a look at this multistem form in our carpark at the nursery.
We had a fantastic response to our ‘Win A Mini Orchard For Your Primary School’ competition, with hundreds of entries selecting the 3 top poems was a daunting task but we narrowed it down and here they are! Apple An apple could be as big as a elephant or as small as a ant It could be as spotty as a dinosaur or as weak as a noodle. An apple could be as rough as a tire or as smooth as a piece of silk and last of all it’s... Read More
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 my top picks for fragrance. Chimonanthus praecox – Wintersweet Fragrant: December January February A lovely medium sized bushy shrub for winter interest, wintersweet bares deliciously scented custard yellow flowers with blackberry-purple stained centres. Davidia involucrate... Read More
Fluffy and Socks This very short post is to pay homage to our resident pussy cats – Fluffy and Socks who do a marvellous job keeping our sheds rodent free! They joined us over 8 years ago and were named by our field workers. The purrr-fect brother and sister team!