If you can plant a tree in your garden, you should. The height they bring is a brilliant way to make your garden look bigger. Trees are an important part of a balanced garden eco system and your local wildlife will thank you. You’ll even be doing something small to help the environment.
Even very small gardens can give a home to a tree – you’ll be surprised at the varieties, sizes and shapes now available to domestic gardeners.
Take some time when choosing your tree; if all goes well you’ll be living with it for many years to come. We’ll be delighted to help you find just the right variety for your garden and your tastes.
Consider how tall it will grow, weeping varieties usually offer a good option if height is an issue. Its width is called the “spread”, there are thin, columnar trees that will squeeze into very tight spots. Take advice if you’d like to plant near buildings – very vigorous roots can interfere with foundations.
Ask when you want your tree to be at its best? When will it flower and fruit? Decorative barks can provide winter interest and evergreens will give you year-round foliage but rob you of spectacular autumn leaf shows.
Your garden’s soil type, light levels, amounts of water and shelter etc should be considered when you choose a tree. Remember that you can grow in containers to create a mini-soil and climate zone to suit your tree and limit its size.
We sell a huge variety of ornamental trees, including:
Acer Crimson King – The Norway maple, with fantastic purple-red flowers and dark-orange flowers
Sorbus Comixta – the Japanese rowan, with beautiful leaves that turn fiery shades or red and orange in autumn, creamy-white flowers and shiny red fruits add even more interest
Sorbus Hybrida – mountain ash. Pretty, small flowers, colourful berries and good autumn leaf shows
Sorbus Joseph Rock – clustered flowers and butter-coloured berries with fine red/orange and purple autumn leaves
Cotoneaster Rothschildianus – semi evergreen with small white flowers and pale yellow berries
Cotoneaster Double Pink – beautiful double flowers. Cotoneasters grow well in moist, alkaline soils with good drainage
Malus Baccata Gracilis – broad and weeping and not too tall. Red buds turn to white flowers and then yellow/orange fruits
Malus Tschonoskii – orange, purple and red autumn leaves; pink buds produce white flowers and largish fruits (it’s a crab apple variety). Columnar growth so good for tight spots
Prunus Accolade – ornamental cherry with spectacular blossom and bright autumn colours. Good for small gardens
Prunus Ichiyo – small ornamental cherry. Beautiful coloured leaves in all seasons and double-flowered blossoms
Prunus Pendula Pendula Rubra – arched branches, strong autumn colour, dark pink flowers from pretty red buds
Autumnalis Rosea – a winter-flowering cherry with yellow autumn leaves and pale pink flowers any time from autumn to spring
Prunus Beni Yutaka – Japanese cherry. Spectacular clouds of white double blossoms with pink touches in spring and good autumn colour. Good in small gardens
Prunus Fragrant Cloud – beautiful scent on large flowers that fade from white to pink. Beautiful but very tough tree – just avoid very wet or chalk conditions