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Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:08

I fancied the spindle tree, but saw a Viburnum pink dawn, and bought that and have planted it.   Sadly it's not evergreen, but it does provide some winter interest with pink flowers.  It's still bedding in.  A gardener friend did warn me that it can get quite large - having said that he's a fan of the plant.

It has a vase shape, whereas the spindle looks as if it can grow quite wide.  So the former should suit the small garden better.

I think I'll try and find a spindle tree also, I must have at least one!  Perhaps I can find a space for it out the front, if not out the back.  Does anyone know how near to the house you can grow them?  Are the roots pervasive?  Victorian property without concrete foundation.


Silk tree in windy spot

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 12:45

I saw a persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin), and have been a little taken with the idea of planting it in the garden.  The tree's label (at the garden centre), suggested it was slow growing, is that true for all of them?  Or are these grown on rootstocks?

I read online that they can have shallow roots, Im wanting to place it in a windy spot, on chalk, I've probably less than  1m of top soil.  Would this be okay?

I've heard they are quite hardy other than that.  The pinnate leaves look like they'd do well in the wind, whereas I had a Willow yanked from the ground early winter (bigger sail).







Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:36

I have a variegated Photinia that I failed to get in to the soil last year, and it looked great this spring.  Only to now look a little sad after finally planting it out.  I'm loosing a lot of leaf.  I'm hoping it will settle down and settle in.  I thought it would be really happy to be finally liberated from its small pot!

Nice to see a Photinia grown as a standard.  And I like the idea of planting them into hedging.

I'm near the south-coast and there are some very exposed specimens close by that appear to do just fine.  My neighbour has one that has grown large and a little leggy, but it looks healthy.

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:45

Still undecided, although I like all.  Today made me realise that it should be pretty wind tolerant, and even act as partial windbreak for some of the other bedding plants.   Something like a big grass would probably be better suited...

  • Windbreak (near to the ground)
  • Not too much leaf shade
  • Wind tolerant
  • Hardy
  • Chalk tolerant, poor soil
  • Pretty and a little different!

Yes I want it all.

The wind can sometimes snap off the tops of plants/shrubs.  

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 08:41

Thanks for the suggestions. Have decided against Willow, as have a few out the back, but I did see a nice Flamingo one.

I'm considering non-trees too, this is my current list, not sure if I have a favourite:

Pink Viburnum
Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'
Too much leaf shade?

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

Stag's horn sumac
Rhus typhina
Too large?

Spindle tree
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Worried it might get a little wayward.

Too large?

Dwarf Almond

Storm damaged willow tree

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 19:09

Amazing.   I must say I was optimistic to begin with that the coppiced tree would return.  But I started to get doubtful.  I'll be glad to see it spring back.

Storm damaged willow tree

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:44

Update, I'd lost hope in the original tree surviving.

The wind not only pulled the Willow up it's also bent the nearby hawthorn over.

Anyway I planted loads of cuttings, and they have yet to do anything!  The main severed trunk that's been sitting on the ground, is beginning to sprout.  Typical.   But the good news is, that growth has emerged from the original tree.  I'd almost given up on it.  With any luck the tree will come around.

Some off cuts I've used as supports will now probably take while the ones in the pots do nothing!  Perhaps I was too ambitious with the size of my cuttings and should have just used a small section of stripped branch.




gardeners world

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:29

I love the program.  I love Monty he's fantastic, and I love Nigel.  The format is really good at the moment.  Two features, Monty in the garden, and Monty's weekend jobs.  The only thing I miss is not having some plant names spelt out, but there isn't the time. The website could help in that regard, with some digital snaps of many of the garden plants that were on film being named.  The most difficult thing is catching the program at all.  Luckily I follow the program if missed via the web if missed.  And I love the snooker too.  Good times. 

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:12

(Sorry I've dumped my recent posts in the Talkback section by accident, mods please move.)

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:10

I'm looking for something a bit different with all year interest.  It can't get too large, about 8ft max with a 2metre radius (smaller probably better).  Something a bit different, that has small leaves that will let the sun through to the rest of the garden.  It needs to tolerate heavy winds too and be a chalk lover, but I might be able to get around the soil problem.

Tamarisk caught my eye.  We have a white, pink, purple scheme, except for yellow in early spring.  It doesn't have to match that scheme. We have lots of lavender growing.  I like Buddleia but the other half hates it.  Shame as one would fit well.

It can be a large shrub, but I'd like an upright, standard shape.



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