Nymans in West Sussex has a significant collection of trees, including 31 champions and material wild-collected by plant hunters Ernest Wilson and Frank Kingdon-Ward. There's also a wide range of ornamental spring-flowering trees to see such as Magnolia, Stewartia, Styrax, Cornus and Halesia.

Among the highlights are a rare and fine champion Meliosma veitchiorum, one of Wilson’s original handkerchief trees and interesting Chilean plants including Laurelia sempervirens and evergreen Maytenus boaria.

'Although Nymans is a large garden, it is always on an intimate scale, with surprise and charm around every corner. The finest flowering trees have been planted extensively, creating a sense of drama and fantasy - especially in spring,' says former Garden & Countryside Manager Ed Ikin.

Ed Ikin's recommendations for a small garden:

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

A compact Japanese maple with brilliant orange-scarlet autumn colour.

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

This small tree offers year-round interest: red and orange autumn colour, creamy bracts in late spring and strawberry-like summer fruit, as well as fine bark. Height to 3-4m, spread 2m.

Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’

An exceptional flowering tree smothered in deep pink bracts in late spring. Autumn foliage turning purple and deep red.

Styrax japonicus

An elegant medium-sized tree, with bell-shaped flowers borne profusely in spring and yellow-orange leaves in autumn. Height to 6–8m.

See small tree recommendations from Bluebell Arboretum

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