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 foliage emerges coppery-pink and takes on mellow tones of orange in the autumn.
Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’
Available in 3 size options:
– 35Lt. 250-300cms tall @ £92.40
– 35Lt. 300-350cms tall @ £120.00
– 65Lt. feathered 350-400cms tall, 10-12cms girth @ £180.00
A more upright form of our native hornbeam, forming a neat, oval crown in maturity. The bright green emerging foliage in spring creates a wonderful contrast against the coppery autumn/winter hues. This is an elegant choice for avenue planting or for screening purposes where canopy width could be an issue.
Malus x purpurea ‘Neville Copeman’
Available in a 35Lt. size, 175-200cms tall @ £97.00
Malus are tolerant of a wide range of soil and environmental conditions making them popular as garden specimens; however, planted in an orchard they can assist with apple pollination. This cultivar has purple young foliage, becoming flushed with green in summer. Light purple blossom in late spring is followed by 3cms orange/red conical shaped crab apples in autumn. Attaining 7-8 metres in maturity, this is one of the taller growing Malus varieties.
Sorbus ulleungensis ‘Olympic Flame’
Available in a 43Lt. size, 250-300cms tall, 10-12cms girth @ £150.00
Named for its stunning autumn foliage, which turns vibrant red and orange, this columnar shaped Rowan matures to 6 metres with a spread of just 3, making it an excellent choice for smaller gardens. The creamy white flowers in late spring mature to shiny red berries, loved by birds as a winter treat.
With so many variants in size and form available, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
The Holm oak is a popular fast-growing evergreen, known for its tolerance of many garden aspects, environmental conditions and pH levels, making it a versatile choice for instant impact hedging, screening, topiary or as a stately stand-alone specimen.