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Recommendations for slow growing slim trees?

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:28
WillDB says:

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 Probably Prunus 'Amanogawa'. I sense you're not particularly keen on being restricted to narrow columnar trees, and I know where you're coming from. They're not 'real trees' are they! Maybe Ginkgo biloba 'Fastigiata' (a more upright form but not totally columnar) would work; I think it would be many years before they outgrew their pots.

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 That's the one I was thinking about, Prunus Amanogawa. Gorgeous tree. Used to drive past a house on my way to work which had several of these Prunus about 4-5m tall planted on each side of their path leading to the house. They looked stunning.

The Ginkgo is what I would really love to have and I thought they were fast growers but I am glad you have corrected me. I can have a Japanese Holly on each side of the house front and have the ginkgo in the centre area (which is at least 1 m wide) between the front door and window. I have seen quite a few Ginkgos which are about 2m tall and narrow enough to fit that space. Plus I am sure that with some clever prunning every year I will manage to keep it at bay for about 5-10 years. And then I can replace it "with a younger model".

Whilst I am at it I might get a small Acer Sango Kaku and some dwarf pines to put around the Ginkgo which would create a nice 3D effect.

Recommendations for slow growing slim trees?

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:08
Dovefromabove says:

The holly will be very happy in the shade. 

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 Looks like we have a winner in that case. It's a shame that the ginkgo is a fast grower because it is a beautiful and unusual tree and rather striking when it turns yellow in autumn.

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Recommendations for slow growing slim trees?

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 21:17

Both the juniper Skyrocket and the Japanese Holly look perfect for what I need. The holly reminds me a bit of The Shard in its irregularity.

The fruit trees wont look right within the look I am trying to achieve I'm afraid. And they might not do very well considering they will be against a north facing wall which gets about 4 hours of sun in summer.

Recommendations for slow growing slim trees?

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 17:21

Thanks Will. I am conscious that I will struggle to find a tree which will keep to my required size naturally. Apart from the Amelanchier that you mentioned I have also seen a similar tree which has a narrow obelisk shape and has pink flowers. I always thought that was a type of flowering cherry tree but I might be mistaken.

I think my best bet will be to choose a slow growing tree which, with some prunning every year, I can easily keep to the required shape and size. I have resigned myself a long time ago to the fact that I cant keep the trees for more than 10 years in these pots anyway. Either that or I abandon the idea of narrow obelisk shaped trees and go for something different such as those lovely pine trees which I often see in pictures of Japanese gardens.

Recommendations for slow growing slim trees?

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 23:07

We have just built an extension at the front of the house and the front garden is now a mere 2.5 m deep by 7m wide. I have decided to go for the clean flagged option with plants in pots. before the extension was done the centre point of the garden was a very stunning all year around Acer Sango Kaku multi stem tree. Beautiful tree but unfortunately it spread quite a bit and rather fast.

So this time I am looking for a single stem tree which is slow growing and slim and that can be trained to grow in a fairly large pot (170 l or 230 l). I have seen some young Betula Jacquemontii Snow Queen that fit the description but I am not quite sure how fast they grow and if they suit pots? I have also seen some young Ginkgo Bilobas which also seem to be upright, single stem and slender and slow growing by the sounds of it. However, I wanted to check if going for the Ginkgo is the right choice or whether there is another tree species which may be more suitable?

The trees will be planted in large pots on each side of the front of the house. They will look a bit like two guards one on each side of a castle door if that makes sense.

Any recommendation please?

Best way to lay a large base for greenhouse and summerhouse

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:12

Loana, thank you very much. I will have a look at that one. It is indeed a big task but it needs to be done. I do tend to have a skill for landing myself in big projects. My original idea was to actually design and build the summerhouse myself. Instead of using the type of wood that yours is made with I thought about building a frame like the ones they build for drywalls and then using featheredge or some type of wooden planks that overlap, fill the middle with insulating material and then use plasterboard or plywood sheets on the inside. In terms of doors and windows I am currently about to fit new windows and doors in my house so I thought to use the back door for the outhouse and the glass from my old double galzed windows to make simple windows for the summerhouse. It would be probably about 1/3 of the price.

Raisingirl, the current concrete path is the right height but it follows the dips and peaks of the ground and as such is very uneven. I could leave it as it is and just pour concrete over it but that means that there's only going to be about an inch of concrete on the highes part of it.

Another option might be to lay a concrete border about 10" wide all around the perimeter of the area and then fill the middle bit with sand and paving slabs on top? That may be slightly more cost effective but also makes it easir to dismantle in the future if plans change in the garden?

Best way to lay a large base for greenhouse and summerhouse

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 23:02

@Loana: your summerhouse is absolutely stunning. May I ask where you got it from?

@hogweed: the way the ground is in my garden I dont think I need to escavate at all. The garden at the moment has a 6' wide patch which is soil and then a 2' wide concrete path and then the remaining 15' are lawn. The greenhouse and summerhouse will go over the 6'+2' side. The first picture shows that area. In the 6' area the soil is about 3-4" below the concrete footpath (you can see that in the second picture. The concete path is where the orange bucket is). The reason why I mentioned hardcore was to do with the fact that I am conscious I have to concrete a rather large area which will need a lot of concrete so I was thinking that filling with hardcore will mean less concrete needed.

@raisingirl: unfortunately the mixer truck is not an option because there is no access to the back garden and using a wheelbarrow would be a nightmare due to the layout of the house/garden, etc. So in my case one of those small cement mixers would be the only option if I went down the concrete route.

Slabs is another option but it would mean that I would have to break down the 2' wide concrete path which would be a nightmare.

Best way to lay a large base for greenhouse and summerhouse

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 01:51

My back garden garden is 59' x 23' and I am thinking of locating a greenhouse and summerhouse on the East facing side. The greenhouse will be 14' x 8' and the summerhouse about 20' x 10'. The problem I have is that the garden on that side is quite uneven. The soil is quite clayish too so no intention of keeping the soil surface inside the greenhouse. What's the best way for me to create a base? Buld a low frame around the perimeter and fill the inside with rubble and sand and flag it or fill it withh rubble and concrete it? Or is there another way? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Buying a greenhouse. Any advice please?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:49

Topbird, thank you very much. That clarifies a lot of things.

I will look to get a 10'x12' or 10'x14' depending on price. Plain aluminium and wont bother with the paint. Automatic vents and side louvres. Toughened glass.

In terms of electricity; my outhouse will be about 10' away from greenhouse and it does have a fusebox in so I will extend a line from that.

Outside tap is nearby so that's sorted.

Inside I intend to have raised beds on both sides in order to plant. The reason for this is that the soil in my garden is quite heavy clay.

I am also thinking of preparing a nice flat concrete base because the garden is uneven.

I assume the function of the guttering is simply to gather the rainwater (as opposed to offering protection? If that is the case then I am not bothered about guttering.

Buying a greenhouse. Any advice please?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 11:28

In regards to powder coated aluminium, what are the benefits of it? Is it worth paying a £500+ premium compared to standard alumimium? Or should I just buy standard aluminium version and paint the frame before putting together with a suitable protective paint (if one such thing exists)?

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