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.
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
There are some glorious flowering dogwoods out there and now is the time that they are looking fantastic. The cornus kousa chinensis with its creamy white bracts looks good grown as a bush or single stem tree. For something a little different Cornus florida Cherokee Chief has large pink bracts that smother the branches in abundance. Cornus kousa China Girl is a slightly finer form of chinensis, the white bracts are more reliable as chinensis is often grown from seed and genetic variations can occur such as pink blotches over... 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
Blog update – November 2018. This blog is packed with tree ideas for small gardens. For those of us with small gardens, patio gardens or courtyard gardens choosing a tree is an important task. Often there is room for only one tree, so this single specimen must provide us with the most tree for our money. Trees for small gardens should be chosen not only for their limited height and spread but also for their features, as often a singular tree will become a feature tree within a small garden.... Read More