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5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning.

Choosing an appropriate tree for your garden can be a difficult business, especially in the UK where there are literally hundreds of varieties that will happily grow.

In small gardens particularly the tree or trees that you choose really do have to work hard for their place so it’s important that they offer some sort of interest for at least three seasons.

I’ve picked out five species here that are great for small gardens and some even work hard during all four seasons…

Amelanchier larmarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii blossom

This is a great small tree which prefers an acid soil.  It has blossom in the spring, followed by green leaves which turn a brilliant warm red-orange in the autumn.  Widely available as multi-stem specimens, they also provide shape and structure in winter after the leaves have fallen.  Add some subtle up-lighting and it will come to life even after dark.

Acer Griseum

Acer griseum bark

I’ve featured the Acer griseum before, but I just love the copper-coloured peeling bark which gives this tree its name…the paperbark maple.  In summer it has green light foliage which turns a rich autumn colour and then in winter the bark simply shines, especially when the sun catches it.  Like the Amelanchier, this is also available as a multi-stem which helps to give an added dimension to a small garden.

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Sorbus Joseph Rock Lisa Cox Garden Designs

A small and well behaved tree with white spring blossom and green leaves that turn a rich red in autumn alongside yellow berries which last long after the leaves have fallen, providing interest and food for the birds as the cold months materialise.

Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii

Betula utilis var Jaquemontii

Silver birch grow fast so they’re great trees if you don’t have the patience to wait for them to mature.  This variety of birch has brilliant white bark which simply glows all year round, but especially in winter when contrasted with other colourful stems such as the red stems of cornus alba sibirica. 

I love birch because they cast dappled shade that takes away the heat of the sun in the summer without cutting out the light.  ‘Jacquemontii’ is also readily available as a multi-stem which, like the amelanchier and acer griseum, looks fabulous with some subtle uplighters to highlight the stems after dark.

Acer palmatum ‘Sangu-Kaku’

Acer palmatum Sango Kaku by Oakridgeshrubbery

Most acers have gorgeous foliage, many of which turn a rich colour in autumn, but this variety has coral-coloured bark too which looks especially spectacular in the winter.  The leaves in spring are a pinkish yellow which turn green in summer and then a rich yellow in autumn.


Images: Lisa Cox, Oak Ridge Shrubbery

Winter stems and glowing bark

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Jan 2012 in Design Tips

There are lots of things we can plant in the garden that will provide structure and interest in winter.  Evergreen plants provide the backbone for any planting scheme and in winter they are the only plants with foliage.  Other plants produce berries or flowers that are often scented and coloured brightly, but if you want something that’s really eyecatching there are many species of shrubs and trees that have wonderful stems and bark that really come into their own. Read more

A visit to the Sir Harold Hillier garden in Romsey

10 Written by Lisa on 17th Jan 2012 in Inspiration

I spent a wonderful day on Friday with a garden designer friend who, like me, wanted to practice her photography in a garden with winter interest.  We chose the Sir Harold Hillier Garden in Romsey primarily for its winter garden but also for its amazing collection of trees.  The weather was on our side too, bright and cold and perfect for bringing the winter stems and tree bark to life. Read more

A shopping trip to Thornhayes nursery

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Nov 2011 in From the drawing board

Last week I went to Thornhayes nursery near Honiton in Devon.  You may think it’s rather a long way to go shopping, but as I source most of the plants for my projects through Forton Nursery (owned by my parents) we often work with growers in the West Country.  I was down visiting anyway so I went with my dad to choose the Acer griseum that I will be planting in my London garden project this week. Read more

Planting Design for a London Town House

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2011 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

A while ago I shared the new terrace design for a London Town House.  The house building project is almost finished and the construction of the terrace is due to start next week so I thought I’d share the planting design with you. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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