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Planting cotinusPlanting trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs provide height, so give an extra dimension to your garden. With careful selection they can also provide colour for seasonal interest throughout the year whether with flowers, fruit, autumn leaves or winter silhouettes.

Select the right size and number of trees to fit with the size of your garden, bearing in mind the mature height and spread. Look to have one or two trees in a small to medium garden. Too many trees or potentially large trees may outgrow their space.

We can offer you suggestions for trees and shrubs suitable for the conditions in your garden and provide you with a step-by step guide on when and how to plant.

What trees and shrubs are best for my garden?

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to looking after garden trees and shrubs and see our list of suitable plants for different locations.

Seaside/coastal

Strawberry tree (Arbutus)
Hawthorn (Crataegnus)
Whitebeam (Sorbus aria)
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Cordyline
Cotoneaster
Euonymus
Fuchsia
Hebe
Helianthemum
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Lavendula
Olearia
Phlomis
Santolina
Tamarix

 

Industrial/built-up areas

Barberry (Berberis)
Sun rose (Cistus)
Smoke tree (Cotinus)
Philadelphus
Potentilla

Flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
Weigela
Maple (Acer)
Tree of heaven (Ailanthus)
Laburnum
Ornamental apple  (Malus)
Ornamental cherry (Prunus)
Ornamental pear (Pyrus)
Willow - Salix


Badly drained soil

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles)
Choisya
Hypericum
Spiraea
Weigela

Maple (Acer)
Hornbeam (Carpinus)
Ornamental pear (Pyrus)
Willow (Salix)
Hawthorn (Crataegnus)
 

watering in a cotinusHow do I plant a tree or shrub?

  1. Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee, but normally fabric wrappings should be taken off)
  2. Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system
  3. If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting
  4. With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface
  5. Place the plant in the planting hole
  6. Refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets
  7. There is little evidence that adding extra fertiliser and organic matter to the planting hole helps; in fact this practice can hinder plant establishment as the organic matter decomposes and may cause the plant to sink. There is also less incentive for the roots to grow out into the surrounding soil
  8. Firm the soil gently, avoiding compacting the soil into a hard mass.

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