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Plants for Summer Interest

  • Cornus Venus

    Fabulous Specimen Tree Cornus Venus in flower

    Cornus is a wide genus of a variety of trees and shrubs. The flowering dogwoods are reknowned for their large bracts around small pin like flowers, giving the appearance of a mass of large petalled flowers.

    Venus is a particularly lovely variety the green white bracts getting larger through May and June to culminate with a dusting of pink on bright white 'flowers'.

    They grow best in moist but well drained humus rich fertile soil (which can be chalk, loam, sand or clay) and in a sunny or partially shady site.

    They could take centre stage in a small or large garden. Mature trees also have red fruits, and they can also show good autumn colour.

    Ultimate size can be 4-8m high and 2.5 - 4m wide.

  • Attractive small screening tree

    Ligustrum excelsa superbum - Variegated Chinese Privet

    A versatile  small tree suitable for urban and rural sites alike.  It is evergreen in a sheltered location and mild winter, but sheds leaves in winter in more exposed sites or during hard winters. It tolerates most soil types and thrives in full sun.

    Ligustrum japonicum superva screening Garden screening

    Small white flowers are born in late summer, the variegated foliage is cream and green. Ultimate height is approximately 6 metres. It can be grown as an individual tree or as a screen above a fence line and trimmed to form a 'hedge on legs'.

    We supply variegated Chinese privet trees with a clear stem of 2m below the crown (approximately 3m total height now). Trees in stock currently are 12-14cm girth @ £150 inc.

    variegated Chinese privet Ligustrum excelsa superbum

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Cool Magnolia flowers

    Magnolia Grandiflora - Evergreen Magnolia

    is one of the loveliest flowering trees in summer.

    Glossy green leaves with felty brown undersides show off pale cream flowers with a fresh fragrance - cool as cucumber. Flowering from July onwards into a mild autumn.

    They are fairly slow growing and love a sheltered sunny site with well-drained soil. Traditionally planted against a sunny wall they make wonderful stand alone specimens too.

    The variety of Magnolia grandiflora 'Goliath' flowers when younger than the species.

    Available as standards (12-14cm girth), small (125cm tall) or large bush trees (3-3.5m).

    Evergreen Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora Goliath
  • Trees for shade

    In hot weather we welcome the benefits of trees for shade.

    Tilia - Limes for shade

    In many cities parks are popular for all the right reasons - playtime, exercise or just sitting and watching the world go by - and trees enhance the park landscape.

    We reap the benefits of inspired tree planters of years ago. London's Plane trees in Hyde Park and Manchester's Poplars in St. John's Garden have survived polluted conditions to offer cooling effects in summer, improve the air quality and help reduce traffic noise. Street trees improve the look of the built environment making cities a more pleasant place to live and work.

    Large trees such as limes (Tilia species), Norway Maples (Acer platanoides species), Oaks (Quercus) and Planes (Platanus x hispanica) are some of the  obvious examples of trees that offer shade - trees that grow to 15m and more and have dense canopies.

    Medium sized trees include Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Sweet Gum (Liquidambar), Alder (Alnus), and Field Maple (Acer campestre).

    Smaller trees that have dense canopies such as hawthorns (Crataegus) are useful for shade aswell as June berry (Amelanchiers) and Cotoneaster. Trees that can be pruned to restrict their size in small gardens include Indian bean tree (Catalpa) and the silver willow leaved weaping pear Pyrus salicifolia Pendula.

    Gardens small and large benefit from some shade in the summer, and if the garden is too small for a tree there are other options to get 'green infrastructure'. Vines can be trained over pergolas for example and Wisteria can be grown on a stem with a pruned 'crown'.

    It is not the best time for planting in the heat of the summer, but it is a great time to enjoy the benefits of trees!

    We hope you are enjoying the summer and don't forget to continue to water newly planted trees, shrubs and climbers in the hot weather!

     

  • June highlights

    June brings sunny days and lush foliage.

    While it is not ideal tree planting weather just now it is a great time to take a good look around at foliage shape and colour and plan for the autumn. Planting in containers can be done at any time of year and a great candidate for growing in a pot is Nandina domestica - it is evergreen, slow growing and has colourful foliage as well as flowers followed by red berries - it loves a sunny site and looks great in terracotta.

    While herbaceous plants are obvious summer stars there are also many shrubs in flower that add structure and height to a mixed border. Philadelphus is a stunning deciduous shrub with white scented flowers, there are several varieties  - Belle Etoile is compact and highly scented.

    Also coming into flower now are Hydrangeas that will bloom away happily during the summer.

    On hot sunny days ornamental vines flourish, they can be trained over pergolas and other structures and can provide shade for seating areas. They can also be grown as short or long stem 'trees' cutting the foliage back to create a 'crown'. Mature vines grown this way can look very effective in containers on paved areas.

    Happy Summer !

    Come and visit for some more ideas...

     

  • Hydrangeas for summer

    We think Hydrangeas are fabulous summer plants. Hydrangeas tolerate shade, flower profusely and can be used to great effect in flower arranging - fresh or dried.  All Hydrangeas like moist humus rich soil.

    Hydrange macrophylla - Traditional mop head Hydrangeas, can reach 1.5-2m in height depending on variety, they flower from June to September.  Hydrangea "Endless Summer®" can flower for even longer with an extended flowering from late spring into autumn.

    Hydrangea paniculata has long cone like flowers that are white or cream and fade to pink on varieties such as "Pinky Winky" or "Mega Mindy" they prefer more sunlight than H. macrophylla types and are very hardy.

     

  • Sun loving plants

    Summer's here and these are some of our plants that are just loving the sun today.

    Monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana

    The Monkey puzzle tree, star jasmine, and Agapanthus.

  • 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
  • Aromatic plants now in stock!

    Thyme in variety

    New stock of Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme now available -
    and the fragrance is wonderful!

    Ideal for a sunny site and well-drained soil - or in pots and troughs. Design with herbs in a kitchen garden, in between stone slabs or use as edging plants. And just wait for summer!

     

  • Summer time tips from English Woodlands

    July and August is not an ideal time for tree planting. However, the summer months are great for simply enjoying a garden in full bloom, complemented by glorious sunshine; the summer time is also a good time to start planning for autumn!

    Summer trees for shade

    Prominent trees featured in towns and cities are particularly welcome as the temperatures start to soar. Adding much needed shade to the streets and softening the outline of buildings, trees add a certain beauty with their foliage and form. Parks form ‘green lungs’ in built-up areas and transform high streets into attractive avenues. So enjoy the feel good factor of trees wherever they are this summer!

    Some of our favourites trees for shade include:

    Other plants to enjoy

    Moreover, there are many plants to enjoy around a patio or pool in summer include olives, figs, palms and bamboos. Have a good look around the garden to see what foliage colours and shapes you could add. Green is restful, gold and burgundy foliage can be added as a highlight, and variegated plants love the sun!

    Top tips

    If you are going on holiday this time of year, remember newly planted trees and shrubs need watering so do make arrangements for this with your neighbours or friends if you are going away!

    Some more top tips for what to do during summer include:

    • Tie in and train new growth on climbers such as Wisteria and Clematis
    • Prune new growth on apple and pear trees to retain shape and encourage fruiting side shoots next year.
    • Trim all topiary plants, such as bay, to keep them in a neat shape – and feed them if they are in containers.
    • Make sure you keep watering all your newly planted trees and shrubs!

     

    Looking good in the nursery just now:

    hydrangea Hydrangea
    imperata cylindrica Imperata Cylindrica
    phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

    If you want to find out more about the products listed above, then just let us know. Visit our contact page to find out how to get in touch.

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