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Tag Archives: Nandina

  • 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...

     

  • Autumn colour - Nature's Firework displays!

    Acer InabashidareThe foliage colours on trees and shrubs this autumn have been superb. Now leaves are falling, bonfires are being built and firework displays are lighting up dark evening skies.

     

    Pyracantha Loropetalum NandinaFiery red and orange berries on the Pyracantha have been brightening up the office here at English Woodlands, the smoky leaves of Loropetalum and the flame orange tints of Nandina domestica have added an explosion of colour.

    As leaves drop, do collect them to make leaf mould – this is a great soil conditioner once they have rotted down to a crumble.

    Euonymus Red CascadeBuilding a bonfire? Don’t forget to check that no hedgehogs are hiding there before you light it – rabbit or chicken wire can help keep them out until the big day.

    Enjoy this beautiful autumn season, keep safe and warm.
    We’ll be back to let you know when our Bare-root Hedging is available!

     

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