What’s Looking Good on the Nursery?
By Lorraine Spooner
This week’s newsletter brings you details of a selection of trees, hedging and shrubs currently being lovingly cared for on our Nursery. The temperate weather for this time of year has encouraged early growth – unfurling foliage in myriad shades of green, and a profusion of blossom being enjoyed by pollinating insects.
The Plant Centre may be closed, but we are still able to offer plants which can be ordered and delivered to your designated ‘safe place’. We are also offering our planting service, although this is currently limited to one-man jobs, so as not to compromise social distancing guidelines.
Potted Native Hedging
Our home-grown crops of 8Lt. hedging start at £18.00 for a 125-150cms tall plant grown in peat free compost. A native hedge
- provides benefits for wildlife – nesting sites, flowers for pollinators, fruit for birds and insects
- creates an effective wind break
- reduces noise levels
- is low maintenance
We recommend a mix of 50-60% Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) making up the bulk of the hedge, with the balance from a mix of the following species:-
- Viburnum lantana and opulus (wayfaring tree and guelder rose)
- Prunus padus (bird cherry)
- Corylus avellana (hazel)
- Acer campestre and Acer tataricum subsp. Ginnala (field maple and Amur maple)
- Fagus sylvatica and purpurea (green and purple beech)
- Ligustrum ovalifolium and vulgare (oval leaf and wild privet)
- Malus sylvestris (crab apple)
- Euonymus europaeus (spindle)
Prunus ‘Shizuka’ or ‘Fragrant Cloud’
Available in a 35Lt. size, 225-250cms tall @ £108.00
A vigorous strong growing tree with a habit which is initially ascending, then spreading with age, in common with many of the Japanese ornamental cherries. Producing hanging clusters of scented, white, semi-double flowers in late spring, which age to pale pink. The fol