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Plants for Spring Interest

  • Colourful crab apple trees

    Crab apple trees look wonderful now!

    The sunshine has encouraged the blossom on the Malus over the last week. Equally as stunning as some of the ornamental cherries, crab apples make lovely garden trees, they come in a variety of shapes from weeping to upright and a variety of ultimate sizes too. We stock them as small standards (approximately 175-200cm tall now) or 3-4m trees - the large ones are selling fast!

    Tolerant of most soil types including clay, they can be pruned and trained. And of course they have the benefit of autumn fruit too which can be used to make a tasty jelly.

    Flowers and fruit are good for wildlife as well as us and they can be useful as pollinators for orchard apple trees too.

    Crab apple Evereste Malus Evereste

     

  • Crab Apples !

    Crab Apples make lovely ornamental trees...

    There are many varieties of crab apples trees, they have beautiful spring blossom and attractive autumn fruit. Some have scented flowers too. Fruit often hangs on the tree well into winter and is attractive to birds to supplement their food!

    The fruit can be used to make crab apple jelly which is a tasty alternative to pickle or jam, try M. Jelly King or M. John Downie and autumn is the time to make it!

    Varieties with pink blossom include Malus toringo Scarlet and Malus Rudolph, those with white blossom include Malus Evereste, M.Gorgeous, M. Red Sentinel, M. Jelly King and M.John Downie. The flowers are great for the bees.

    Some varieties have burgundy foliage such as Malus Toringo Scarlet which turns yellow/orange in autumn and Malus Rudolph with burgundy/green leaves and small burgundy colour fruit.

    Weeping shape varieties include Malus Sun Rival which has scented white flowers and red cherry like fruits.

    Most make small trees 4-8m ultimately, they are tolerant of clay soils, prefer a sunny site and can be pruned to shape. Crab apples are often used as pollinators in apple tree orchards.

     

  • Cornus Venus

    Star of the show today !

    Floweringn dogwood

    Cornus Venus is an elegant shrub or small tree reaching 5m high ultimately and 4m wide.  It has showy flowers which are actually white petal like bracts surrounding small green yellow flowers.

    Flowering in May - June they make a stunning specimen. It is a cross between Cornus kousa var. Chinensis and Cornus nuttallii and makes a hardy tree.

    Flowering dogwood Cornus Venus

    On mature specimens red fruits follow flowers and it has spectacular autumn leaf colour too.

    It suits most soil types and thrives in sun or partial shade.

    Something special for any size garden

  • Ornamental cherry Shirofugen

    Prunus Shirofugen - One of the best

    ornamental cherries in flower end of April through to May. Looking great in the nursery today.

    A real show stopper! Double white flowers start pink in bud and fade to shell pink. The young foliage is copper coloured, then turns green and has good autumn colour too.

     

    Ultimate height and spread is approximately 8m.
    It prefers a sunny site and can cope with clay and chalk.

    Prunus Shirofugen

  • Ornamental Cherries

    Prunus Umineko - Snow Goose

    In flower now, beautiful white ornamental Japanese cherry - Prunus Umineko. Reaching approximately 6-8m in maturity it is an upright shape when young maturing into a vase shape when older. Pure white single flowers and good autumn colour makes this a lovely tree as a single specimen or for an avenue.

    Available in the nursery as a small standard approximately 150-175cm tall or as standards approximately 300-350cm tall.

  • April - Ornamental Cherries

    April is a wonderful month for flowering cherries.

    We will be featuring some of these during the next few weeks. There is an ornamental cherry for every garden - small to large trees, upright or spreading in shape. The only decision to make is what colour flower you prefer and what ultimate height is suitable for your garden.

    Prunus cerasifera nigra or cherry plum is one of the earliest flowering varieties starting in late March and early April.

    It has dense purple foliage in summer and pale pink single flowers in early spring. It reaches approximately 8m ultimately. Tolerant of most soil types including chalk, it prefers a sunny site.

    It is available either as single stem trees or multi-stem (in the nursery) up to 3m tall.

  • April flowers

    It may be a cold and wet Bank Holiday but there is lots to look forward to this month in the garden!

    Magnolias are in bud and some are starting to flower already. Magnolia Stellata is one of the first, with white star-like flowers, it is a hardy shrub and reaches approximately 2.5-3m ultimately.  They are tolerant of most soils except shallow chalk.

    Magnolia Stellata Magnolia Stellata

     

    We stock Magnolia Stellata in three sizes of established shrubs from 60-80cm tall in a 10 litre pot for £38.40 . Please phone us for details of the largest size.

    After that the star of the show is Magnolia soulangeana, the classic pale pink flower with the dark pink/purple base. It reaches approximately 4-8m ultimately.  It tolerates clay soils as long as they are not waterlogged. Both Magnolias thrive in full sun or partial shade.

    Magnolia soulangeana Magnolia soulangeana

     

    We stock Magnolia soulangeana starting at £38.40 for a 80-100cm tall plant in a 10 litre pot and more established specimens at £144 for a 150-175cm tall plant.

    And there'll be more flowers when the ornamental cherries start to blossom, more information to follow about them next week ! ...

    We re-open in the nursery on Tuesday 3rd April at 8am after the Bank Holiday weekend. 

     

     

  • Our favourite Trees

    Simon Johnson our Commercial Manager's favourite tree of the moment - Elaeagnus Quicksilver - silver foliage, fragrant yellow flowers, a lovely small tree growing to approximately 4m. It likes a sunny site!

    Elaeagnus Quicksilver Elaeagnus Quicksilver
  • Early flowering ornamental cherries

    We have recently had some warm, wet and cold days all in quick succession  but it is officially spring!

    At the end of the winter early flowering cherry trees are especially welcome. Some of the best include Prunus Okame, Prunus cerasifera nigra and Prunus blireana, next comes Prunus Accolade. The autumn flowering cherry 'Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis' flowers in spring too. There is a cherry tree for every garden - and patio!

     

     

     

     

  • Trees and shrubs for spring interest

    It's a fabulous time of year, if you don't mind the variability of April weather! From snow showers to sunny blustery days we have had it all so far.  So we've put together a selection of our favourite plants for spring interest, take a look:

     

     

    Ornamental cherry trees steal the show at this time of year, they come in all shades of pink and white flower, and a variety of shapes and sizes for every garden - the choice is yours. Amelanchiers can be grown as single stem trees or shrubs and Viburnums add wonderful scent to the garden at this time of year.

    For other ideas of trees, shrubs and climbers for spring come and visit!

     

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