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Dicksonia antarctica - Soft Tree-Fern
Native to coastal parts of Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is a magnificent, slow-growing, evergreen tree-fern (deciduous in colder areas) and one of the easiest to grow. The brown, fibrous ‘stem’ slowly grows taller, crowned by a rosette of beautiful, glossy, deep green fronds up to three metres long – a wo...
Black Mulberry - Morus nigra
Medium-sized, spreading tree which makes a beautiful specimen, year-round, with its gnarled branches in winter, and handsome leaves in summer. The Mulberry produces berries when the tree is seven years old and they look rather like a loganberry. Purplish to black, sweet, tangy and juicy, they are a great treat, very ...
West Himalayan Birch
Also known as the Kashmir birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii is a medium-sized, vigorous, fast-growing, deciduous tree grown for its brilliant white, papery bark (rich brown when young) which peels to reveal bands of creamy-pinky-buff. Not as tall as the silver birch, the West Himalayan birch has a broad crown and a grac...
Unlike some magnolias, the Japanese species Magnolia stellata will tolerate alkaline soil (though not thin, chalky soils). It’s a medium-sized, slow-growing, deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad, rounded shape, the best magnolia for smaller gardens. In early spring, lightly scented, white flowers, 4”/10cm across with up t...
Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle
A naturally occurring sport of the sevenbark hydrangea found near the town of Anna, Ohio, Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle is a medium-sized, fast-growing, deciduous shrub with a rounded shape, with a very long period of interest. Huge mophead blooms, up to 1’/30cm across open greenish-white from July, turning crea...
An outstanding cultivar of the panicle hydrangea with a particularly refined flower colour, Hydrangea paniculata Limelight® is a medium-sized to large, vigorous, deciduous shrub with an upright, bushy, spreading habit. The leaves are pale green on grey-green stems, sometimes flushed pink. From mid-summer to autumn the flowers...
Not to be confused with the Mount Fuji cherry Shirotae, Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai is a medium-sized, slow-growing, deciduous shrub originally found on the volcanic slopes of Mt Fuji. The branches are dark, wiry, and slightly twisted, giving an architectural quality to the bush. Spear-shaped, serrated leaves emerge pale bronze-green, ...
A large shrub or small tree, Corylus avellana Contorta is a form of our native Hazel, found growing wild in an English hedgerow in the 1860's. It is well-known because of its unusual and very ornamental twisted branches. In some parts of Europe, the corkscrew Hazel is used in Easter celebrations: branches are brought into the hou...
Chinese Fountain Bamboo
This is a very hardy bamboo with the classic green and orange canes that have pink sheaths when young. With masses of leaves, it’s a favourite of the giant panda should you have one grazing your garden! Non-invasive and clumping, it does have a fast growth rate so think about where you’re going to plant because it will re...
False Castor Oil Plant
Fatsia japonica has dark green, glossy leaves that are held on spreading stems. The leaves are very large and have a maple-leaf shape, giving this plant a tropical look - it’s native to southern Japan, southern Korea, and Taiwan and in fact, the word "fatsi" is an approximation of the old Japanese word for 'eight', referri...
Laburnum x watereri Vossii
Also known as Golden Chain, Laburnum x watereri Vossii is a small, fast-growing, deciduous tree with a magnificent display of golden-yellow flowers in late May and early June. These hang down in long racemes, and are followed by small, flat pods containing pea-like seeds. The light green leaves are divided into three ...
Also known as the Constantinople hazel, Corylus colurna is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with a stately, symmetrical, pyramidal habit, more narrowly columnar when young. The bark becomes corky with age and sometimes peels away. The broad, green, oval leaves have a serrated edge, and turn a rich yellow before leaf-fall. Yellow catk...
Pittosporum Tom Thumb
A popular evergreen shrub. For most of the year it has dark purple leaves, contrasted beautifully by bright-green fresh growth. Growing as a short rounded bush, Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb is a must for any low maintenance garden, it tolerates dry summers and damp winters, and never really needs much care.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a beautiful deciduous conifer and a tree worth growing for its many ornamental features. Thought to be extinct and only known from fossil records dating back 100 million years, until the 1940's when a small number of living specimens were found in the in Sichuan province of China. The Dawn Redwood is ...
Soil Renew Organic Fertiliser
Soil Renew is a combination of organic plant matter and an ecosystem of microorganisms which creates humus in the soil. It will continue to improve the quality of soil over time. It is in pellet form and should be applied on the surface of the soil once a year. It is easy to use and should not be dug into the soil.
Magnolia x soulangeana
Perhaps the most popular of the deciduous hybrid magnolias, Magnolia x soulangeana is a good choice for a small garden, as it is a shapely, slow-growing, upright shrub, spreading gracefully as it matures into a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Masses of huge (up to 10”/25cm across) goblet-shaped, white or rose-pink flowe...
Ironwood Persian Spire
Ironwoods are famous for their brilliant autumn colour. Parrotia persica 'Persian Spire'® differs from most in its narrow, upright form and smaller size, ideal for the smaller garden – it can even be grown in a large container, which will keep it small. A small, columnar tree or large shrub, of average vigour, it gives yea...
Spindle Red Cascade
Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade is a spreading variety of our native Spindle Tree commonly seen in hedgerows. Its foliage has plain green leaves, and bright green shoots. The prized Autumnal colouring with reds and scarlets make Red Cascade a popular garden plant. This variety of the Spindle develops arching branches that carr...
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