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Choosing the Right Tree for your Garden

Tree for your gardenTrees bring so much to a garden including shade, fruit, autumn colour, spring blossom, height and fragrance and any garden is big enough to grow a tree of some kind. It’s just a matter of choosing the right tree for the right situation. To get the best out of your tree you need pick one that will like your soil and conditions. If planted with care, in a suitable position, and looked after properly for the first two years trees will establish and then be virtually maintenance free. 

So this is what to consider when choosing your new tree:

  • Height & spread
  • Season of interest
  • Deciduous or Evergreen
  • Tree for a specific location (windy, exposed) and soil type (acidic, alkaline)
  • Trees and Buildings (root issues)

There are literally hundreds of trees to choose from, so if you want something to feed the birds then go for the bright berries of a Sorbus. Love striking autumn foliage? Then they don’t come much better than Acers or Liquidambar. Want a delicate spring blossom? Then try flowering cherries (Prunus). Fancy unusual bark? Then look at some of the birch (Betula) trees or Snake bark Maples. If you have a large garden and want something really impressive the handkerchieftree (Davidia involucrata) and the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) are both beautiful specimens but you may have to wait a few years for them to reach maturity. Planting a tree is one of the nicest ways to mark a special occasion like a birth or marriage and the great beauty of trees is they give pleasure to both the gardener who planted them and successive generations.

For some face to face expert advice you are welcome to call into either of our nurseries.  Steve is our resident expert and will be able to guide you through the process of choosing the perfect tree for you.

Plant a tree – you won’t regret it if you choose wisely

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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