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2015 The fascination of birch bark provides colourful interest during winter...Small trees are great for providing a backbone and Betula utilis ?Fascination? fits the bill perfectly providing both winter interest and structure...birch
In autumn, the fabulous line of Himalayan birch trees ( Betula utilis ) along the path in the Double Walled Garden makes a statement, while on the ground, visitors can look out for the multi-coloured Waxcaps ( Hygrocybe spp .) ? fragrant mushrooms that abound in the garden?s unfertilised meadows and lawns
Divided into four central segments, the density of planting ensured every inch of space was filled, both with plants at ground level, as well as trees such as silver birch and pencil cypress...
Native and non-native trees and hedges, nectar-rich flowers, wildflower meadow, sedum roof and areas of long grass to help attract a diverse range of creatures...A number of trees will feature in the garden including a copse of taller specimens to create some shade in the garden...Birch, holly, rowan, hawthorn and crab apple will all support a diverse range of insects and fruits/berries in the autumn
Nectar and pollen for insects from flowering trees and shrubs...Forest trees such as oak, ash and beech, while excellent for wildlife, are too large for most gardens...In a garden dead trees or branches should be checked for signs of disease...
Consider planting berrying shrubs and trees, including favourites such as Malus , Sorbus , Cotoneaster and Pyracantha...Many birds nest in dense vegetation including shrubs, hedgerows and trees...Holes in trees provide a natural nest site for several species
Birch and prunus trees contrast the dogwoods tremendously in winter
Each season offers a different highlight, from snowdrops in January and February, spring bulbs including magnificent displays of hyacinths in the Formal Garden and tulips in the Himalayan Silver Birch Grove...The Winter Garden, planted with trees and shrubs chosen for their vivid stems, textures and scents, will brighten up the coldest of winter days...trees
A narrow form of our native silver birch was chosen for structural impact...A cultivated variety of silver birch was chosen for the garden for its slender form
This tree species along with Betula utilis (silver birch) and Cedrus deodara were to form the backbone of the planting in the garden
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