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A lot of our trees are quite old and very precious and it always causes us great pain and upset to lose one - like last year when we suffered the loss of a large Abies in the arboretum, plus some smaller and younger silver birches and conifers
The falling leaves of surrounding trees and shrubs help to create a humus-rich woodland environment much appreciated by this genus
Whilst taking a break to give my knees a rest, I couldn?t help admiring the developing autumn colour down by the lake, enhanced by the reflection in the water and the contrast in the colours of the leaves with the white barked birch...What's more, unlike some other plants known for their autumn colour, the trees hold onto their leaves late into autumn
Heathers ( Calluna ), heaths ( Erica ) and Irish heath ( Daboecia ) thrive in an open, sunny position, but will tolerate light shade, such as under high-canopied deciduous trees...The best planting companions may include pines (all sizes to choose from), white stemmed birches , mountain ash species and cultivars ( Sorbus ), Cornus , acid-loving Gaultheria mucronata and Vaccinium...
Epimediums are also useful in the Birch Grove where groundcover plants form large clumps under the canopies of birches ( Betula utilis ?Fascination?) with their coppery-white stems
Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
Perfect as a specimen tree in a small garden, it is grown for its brilliant autumn leaf colour of reds and oranges and for its attractive, papery cinnamon-coloured bark (hence the common name of paperbark maple...The bright evergreen foliage of Ilex crenata 'Variegata' contrast in colour and form, growing happily in the shade of the trees
Drink in the scent of pinkish-white viburnum 'Dawn', touch the smooth bark of the many white-stemmed birches, and hear the breeze rustling through grasses...The garden brings colour to even the dreariest of days, with bright dogwood stems, nodding hellebores, architectural seedheads and the cheerful blooms of Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty' which scrambles up a cherry tree...See Cambo Gardens' series of winter gardens - the third is a naturalistic woodland edge planting with birches, dogwoods and a...
Silver-foliage plants and a forest of silver birches greeted visitors entering the maze and a special surprise awaited them at the centre...From British tea to chilli plants, from herbs and citrus to fruit trees, there was plenty on offer for visitors to get their teeth into
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