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I am looking for a plant to have as a feature in my front garden and have taken a liking to the salix caprea kilmarnock that are in asda. Can anyone tell me how tall they grow and how fast? I have found out on Wikipedia that they are grafted. Does this mean that they won't grow any taller than they are now? Sorry to sound so ignorant but I'm a complete novice when it comes to the garden!
They get a bit bigger Pauline because the new stems go up as well as out and down, if that makes sense. I had a group of three at the edge of a pond in a previous garden which had been there a long time. I'd say they were about 5' high and about 4' wide, they'd been closely planted so would have been wider if they'd been spaced out more. If I can find a photo I'll post it
We've one in our garden that has been here longer than we have - so it must be at least 15 years old. It is about 5 foot high and the same wide. Very pretty tree, but needs a bit of thinning out every now and then so it doesn't get too congested.
This is the only one I could find - they're in the top left corner of the pic ( inside the 'corner' created by the posts ) above the little statue in the pond.
Thanks Rosie 31 & Fairygirl I am seriously considering getting one, it will fit without overpowering the garden. Fairygirl... what a beautiful garden!!!
...isn't that just a stunning garden photo with the pond, the conifers and those concrete or stone pillars by the gate, gives it a very Scottish or Northern feel to it... absolutely superb...
...those Kilmarnock Willows have been reduced in my local Asda, I think to £3.50 or somesuch, if you want to get in quick... I also notice they've got nice Rosemary and Lavender angustifolia for just £2... sometimes I think it's not worth growing from cuttings... but I don't like the way they undercut the garden centres and nurseries so much.... something not quite right there...
Fairy, I didn't know you had a lovely garden like that
They have not been reduced in my asda yet,Salino, still a tenner, but will keep looking.
Loving your garden Fairy, any more photo's?
Impressive fairy. Bet ??ou used your magic powers though Think I'd better take more notice of you in future..ha ha
There are a few other different varieties which are small but these two flower red/pink rather than kilmarnock that normally flowers yellow. One is salix integra and the other one is salix flamingo I don't know how much your looking to spend but if you look round you can get them fairly cheap.
Kilmarnock Willows in Wilkinsons yesterday - can't remember for how much but they were really cheap and looked lovely healthy little trees.
Thanks for the kind comments but I no longer live there. I can't take credit for a lot of what you see in terms of the pond and the planting - it had been there a long time. We did the renovation round the pond, laying a path so that we could actually walk along the side of it (the gravel areas and stone seat etc) and a lot of clearing , pruning and tidying! The stone gateposts Salino mentioned were invisible, which was a great pity as they had the name of the house on them. The hedge had been planted far too close to them so there was a limit to what we could do with it.
Verd - I'd have needed more than a wand to fix what was wrong when I was there, and I don't mean the garden
I have decided to go for the salix caprea kilmarnock for my garden, but not quite ready to plant it yet. If I bought one would I be able to keep it in the pot that it comes in or re-pot it into a larger pot until I am ready to plant it in the garden.
it should be fine in that pot for a little while as long as its kept watered. If its going to be a few months I would say repot into some John Innes no.3 Compost.
Shouldn't be too long (weather permitting) I just need to be able to cut the grass and remove a patch of the grass to make a bed for it. I intend to put some wild flower seeds round the bottom of it. Is that a good idea?
as long as the wildflowers are not too aggressive (as they will compete for moisture/nutrients) then it should be fine Pauline
Matt, if wildflowers were aggressive, you'd be calling them weeds.
good point xD