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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Trees & Shrubs for Bees – Limes

    Last time, we gave you a few reasons to be interested in getting bees to be a part of your garden, along with some general tips towards achieving this goal. This month, we’re going to be looking a little closer at some specific bee-friendly species, perfect for supporting a valuable insect and introducing a little summer interest.

    Today it’s going to be the Tilia species, or Lime trees. They’re hardy, summer flowering, and a brilliant addition to any garden. Bees love them, though bear the different varieties in mind when picking a plant for your home. Some species, such as Tilia petiolaris, have an almost narcotic or soporific effect on bees. Fortunately, we’re sharing two of your best options below.

    First off is the Small Leaved Lime, or Tilia cordata, which we can supply bare-root when in season, or container grown all year round. Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’, is a long-lived native tree, with some specimens found to survive as long as 1,000 years. You can expect to see it reach an ultimate height of anywhere between 15-20 metres, while growing slightly narrower than Cordata, ideal if you’re looking for a tall, yet slightly more compact, tree.

    From June-July there’ll be pale, yellow, and sweetly-scented flowers on display, which form a major attraction to any local bees. As an added bonus, maintenance is a breeze. Tilia cordata will thrive on most soils (though it prefers alkaline), and is extremely tolerant to wind, even when placed coastally.

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    While some limes are somewhat prone to aphids (which causes honeydew dripping from the tree), Cordata is fairly resistant to the pests. Placed in sun to partial shade, Tilia cordata is a sound, low-effort investment.

    Another variety you may be interested in Tilia platyphyllos, the Large Leaved Lime. With large heart-shaped leaves, similar to Cordata’s smaller foliage, the tree functions extremely well as pleached screening, though remains more delicate in the face of coastal winds. With the same attractiveness to bees and resistance from pests, Platyphyllos fulfils an excellent range of function in the garden, bee friendly and an impressive specimen tree too.

    There are plenty more variants available for viewing, both online and at our nursery. T. euchlora, T. brabant and E. pallida to name only a few. As ever, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have, whether you want some additional planting advice or to set up an order.

  • Trees for Summer Interest – Evergreen Magnolia & Honey Locust

    Britain’s heatwave problems may finally be over, which means there’s all the more reason to get outside and enjoy the trees with late summer interest. We’re taking the time to share a couple more with you today, so read on if you’re interested.

    Evergreen Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflorum gallionensis ‘Goliath’

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    With deep, glossy leaves the entire year round, Goliath really comes into its own during August. Large blooms with a lemon scent and cream colour appear during late summer and remain through early autumn.

    It serves as an excellent focal point for any garden, though is most commonly placed growing against a house wall, or within a walled garden. As long as it’s protected from cold, drying winds, ‘Goliath’ will flower beautifully while young, and eventually (if slowly) grow as high as 12m.

    Also worth noting is that while ‘Goliath’ is broadly, and pleasantly, conical, you still have the chance of pruning it to shape. Just bear in mind that this will serve at the expense of some flowers in the current season, so make sure you’re certain beforehand.

    Honey Locust - Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst

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    Honey Locust offers distinctive interest through its uniquely coloured foliage. Starting gold in spring, the leaves become green-yellow during the summer, before returning to a golden-yellow for autumn.

    It makes for an unusual yet attractive focal point, and co-ordinates particularly well with any red or purple coloured foliage already present in the garden. With an ultimate height of 6-10m and without thorns, the Honey Locust also serves well as a shade tree once established. Compatible with most sites and soils, just ensure the deep roots have space to grow.

    If you’re interested, take a closer look at these two while the sun’s still out. Clear days have helped our Honey Locusts to really stand out this summer, and Goliath thrives in sunlight.

    As ever, feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or queries you may have.

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