Why Plant Now?
October is the perfect month for tree and hedge planting because temperatures remain well above freezing and the return to normal rainfall levels will allow good root systems to establish and settle before Winter.
The much-needed rainfall arrived last weekend and replenished the parched earth with enough moisture to facilitate planting once again.
After the long hot summer, now is the time to reassess our gardens and remove any plants that will have suffered long-term in the drought. Although it is always sad to suffer losses, especially a much-loved tree, this situation can be turned into a positive by presenting the ideal opportunity to view the garden in a different light.
Maybe vistas have been opened up presenting a renewed and exciting opportunity to plant something different?
Evergreen pleached screens such as Quercus ilex (Holm Oak) underplanted with yew hedging make a bold statement around a seating area, giving shelter from the wind and creating privacy.
New areas could be defined by introducing hedging lines, these could be used to create garden rooms to ensure that all important journey of discovery. Our native beech, Fagus sylvatica, is the perfect candidate, providing multi season interest, from bright fresh green growth in spring maturing to the familiar russet tones partially retained throughout Autumn and Winter.
Consider smartening up your borders or vegetable beds with evergreen hedging clipped to approximately 30cm – Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus’ is a hardy alternative to Box.
Focal points can be created using well placed evergreen topiary – we have a large selection of unusual shapes including Taxus baccata (yew), Ligustrum jonandrum (Privet) and many more. Top of the topiary selection are our cloud pruned Ilex crenata Bonsai trees which need to be viewed to fully appreciate their magnificent stature and the skill that this form of pruning entails.
This is also a good time of year to assess the structure of the garden to ensure this aspect of garden design will provide interest until Spring. We normally turn to evergreen plants, but many deciduous trees create eye-catching silhouettes in their winter form. If you choose one with flowers in the spring or summer, fruit and colourful leaves in the autumn and a good structure in the winter, it will be a pleasure all year round.
We look forward to seeing you in the Plant Centre and we wish you a Happy Planting Autumn.