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  • Special Offer on half standard topiary

    10% off all half standard topiary this summer*

    Whether you want to smarten up the front door with two beautiful plants either side, create a formal herb garden or just enjoy some beautiful trained trees, we have some great quality half standard trees in the nursery.

    Topiary plants Half standard Topiary

    There are many evergreen options including Prunus lusitanica (Portugal laurel) which clips beautifully and is shade tolerant. Laurus nobilis (bay) which prefers a sunny well drained site - the fragrant leaves can be dried and used in cooking!

    Holly is a useful specimen to keep in containers as it is slow growing -  Ilex argentea marginata - variegated holly really brightens up a front garden particularly in winter; Ilex Nellie Stevens is shade tolerant and has lots of red berries! Photinia Red Robin makes a great specimen in a sunny site with bright red new foliage in spring.

    For something more unusual the small variety of Scots pine -  Pinus sylvestris Nana Watereri makes a stunning half standard and will cope with windy sites.

    Liquidambar Gumball, Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) and Elaeagnus ebbingei (silverberry) are other unusual half standards in the nursery - come and see...

    Dward Scots Pine topiary Pinus topiary

     

    *offer available in the nursery ends 31st July 2019

  • Fabulous autumn colour!

    Foliage colour is one of the highlights of autumn, this year has been one of the best due to the long hot summer and as yet we haven't had the gales to blow the leaves off the trees...

    Whatever size garden - or patio - you have there is a tree that has beautiful autumn colour for you - from the smallest ornamental cherry to the largest oaks.

    Prunus Kojo-no-mai is a small ornamental cherry showing good colour now, it is suitable for a container on a patio and reaches approximately 2m high. In contrast, the wild cherry Prunus avium can grace a woodland clearing or parkland and reach up to 20m.

    In between, for small to medium gardens  - varieties such as Prunus Okame, Prunus Pandora, Prunus Kanzan and Prunus sargentii all have good autumn colour. Prunus Royal Burgundy has deep burgundy foliage in summer which turns bright red in autumn.

    Oaks such as the pin oak Quercus palustris, red oak Quercus rubra, and scarlet oak Quercus coccinea are stunning large trees for autumn colour.

    Many Sorbus (Rowan) trees show great autumn foliage including the yellow berried variety of Sorbus aucuparia - Joseph Rock, upright when young this is a hardy tree for a small garden.

    One of the best trees for autumn colour is Liquidambar styraciflua and its cultivars, including Liquidambar Worplesdon which shows consistently good colour. Liquidambar has a maple shape leaf and the tree is also prunable so we also supply it as a stunning espalier 2m high and 1m wide.

    Less well known is Nyssa sylvatica the Tupelo tree, a large specimen used to great effect in public gardens such as Sheffield Park here in Sussex. Parrotia persica, the Persian Ironwood is another unusual stunning large tree the leaves show an almost rainbow foliage effect in autumn.

    And of course there are many Japanese Maples - Acer palmatum varieties to choose from with a range of red, orange and yellow autumn colour.

    Enjoy the autumn colour this year and do come and visit if you are inspired to plant!

  • Glorious October Colour

    There are many trees and shrubs to choose for autumn colour. One of the best is Liquidambar, or 'sweet gum'. The species Liquidambar styracifluar can reach 20m - ideal for a large garden and is a superb specimen tree with maple shaped leaves. The smaller variety 'Worplesdon' ultimately reaches 12m and is well suited to this climate, both trees produce yellow/pink/red or deep burgundy leaves depending on the site and season.

    Several oak species give fantastic autumn colour, Quercus coccinea (Scarlet oak), Quercus rubra (Red oak) and Quercus palustris (Pin oak) are all stately trees with rich orange red autumn foliage.

    Many ornamental cherries (Prunus species) have good autumn colour, including the wild cherry P.avium, autumn cherry P.subhirtella Autumnalis and Japanese cherries such as P. Okame.

    The dwarf cherry Prunus Kojo-no-mai - is stunning in autumn as well as spring and proves there is a cherry tree suitable for every garden - looks great in a pot on a patio too.

    A lovely tree for a small garden with spring and autumn interest is Amelanchier - the June berry. Amelanchier lamarckii or A. Canadensis (very similar) and the varieties Ballerina and Snowflakes all have white flowers in spring and orange autumn colour.

    If you are planning to plant native hedges this autumn and would like to have autumn colour consider including the Guelder Rose, Viburnum opulus. Particularly good for moist soils it is supplied as a bare-root plant from November to March.

    Enjoy the autumn - whatever the weather!

  • Looking for Autumn Interest? | Liquidambar

    We’re fast approaching our favourite time of year! We love spring and summer for growth and flowering, but late autumn, early winter offers the perfect time to get out there and plant. Whether you’re adding a new focal point or getting deep into a full restructure of your garden, October is a great time to pick out a few new species.

    This month we’re going with an obvious topic, and recommending trees with autumn colour. One species which stands out massively in this regard is Liquidambar, and we’ve got an accompanying promotion to celebrate. Simply enter AMBAR13 at checkout for a discount of 20% off all Liquidambar trees.

    First up, we have Liquidambar styraciflua. With an ultimate height of 15-20 metres it absolutely excels when provided with a large space to show off some beautiful autumn colour. An expansive, dense collection of pink, yellow and burgundy-tinged yellow leaves make for quite the sight.

    Large tree - Liquidambar Liquidambar also produces round, spiky fruits which hang throughout the winter

    On the slightly more manageable side we have varieties like ‘Lane Roberts’, or Liquidambar ‘Worplesdon’. These will reach an ultimate height of around 12-15 metres, and are perfect for providing a stunning focal point with rich, claret colour.

    Large tree - Liquidambar Worplesdon Liquidambar ‘Worplesdon’ displaying some eye-catching autumn colour

    We’ve currently got each of these in stock, container-grown, from 175-400cm in height. But as is often the case, you should always feel free to contact us (or visit us!) if you’re after something more specific. There are plenty of varieties not yet listed on the site, and we’re always happy to lend a hand with plant choice, planting decisions, and setting up an order. In the case of Liquidambar we have a few other varieties beyond the standard range of small and large single-stem trees. We can provide multi-stemmed variants, along with a stunning two-by-one metre espalier, ideal for a fabulous and compact autumn screen.

    The current promotion is running until October 31st, dependent on stock remaining. If you’re interested in introducing some uniquely striking autumn colour into your garden don’t forget to enter AMBAR13 at checkout, and claim your 20% discount.

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