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Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:59

I would add:

Betula pendula Youngii

Sorbus sargentiana

Malus Golden hornet

Genista aetnensis

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 12:54

You would need to include a ban on paving the garden over in the deeds for the new property. On my road I have seen 3 more front gardens paved over this year. About 20% of front gardens on this row of semis are now paved or concreted which can lead to flooding problems further down stream. They also look very boring.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 08:20

It appears to do better in the south but I do remember my mum having one in our garden[ in Manchester ]back in the seventies and eighties that produced good crop of berries. It was in full sun , south facing in well drained soil. It wasn't vigorous and only grew to about 4ft high in fifteen tears but was quite spreading.

Holly Bush monoecious or dioecious ?????

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:03


there are some varieties of common holly that bear male and female flowers, J.C. Van Tol is an example, so it is guaranteed to bear fruit.

Blueberry Winter Care

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:44

You need to ensure good drainage whether in a pot or open grown. Blueberries are very tolerant of low temperatures but not winter water logging, I lost one of my pot grown blueberries because of this.

Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:41


Thanks for your replies. I would be concerned that Cambridge Gage might not ripen its fruit up here in the North west of England, especially as I cannot plant it on my south wall as that is successfully occupied by a Fig tree. Very tempted by a Mulberry as I think they are luscious, but I will give Victoria a go after all as I have seen it growing successfully up here as an open grown tree.


Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 09:41

When I joined the forum in spring this year I was considering planting a Victoria plum tree in the autumn. It seemed to tick the right boxes , hardy in the North West, tolerant of clay soil, self fertile and a good cropper. However there have been a lot of threads on the forum about the numerous problems that gardeners with this variety of plum have faced; though I don't think I will be affected by voracious pheasants, which are making me have second thoughts.

There could be two answers:

1) Victoria plum is planted so much more than other plums that it is bound to feature in the threads by sheer volume of numbers.

2) The variety has intrinsic problems and I would be better planting a different variety, perhaps lacking some of Victoria's advantages but a having a healthier constitution.

What are gardeners views on Victoria plum, should I try a different plum, or even a a completely different fruit tree such as a mulberry?

silver birch for front garden

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 23:51

There is a small variety of Silver birch called Young's Weeping Birch. There are three planted together in a Cemetery near me. They are about 15ft high and have not increased in height since the early 1980's.

New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:13

Varieties of Whitebeam, {Sorbus aria} grow well on chalk, and will probably make a small tree in the poor chalky soil. I think Crataegus and Malus [crab apples] are also quite chalk tolerant.

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 22:52

Have you considered Holly? Will certainly reach 8ft, is evergreen, completely hardy and an effective barrier.

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