Blossoms on the Go garden centre owner Shirley Brohan shares her wealth of knowledge on choosing the right tree for your garden.

All the gardens are in bloom, with so much color and so much to look at and admire in our own garden and in all the green spaces throughout the town.

One of the many questions I get asked is about trees. They have such an elegant beauty, and whether you have an acre or a town garden, trees can add an air of beauty to any space.

This time of year, for me, it’s the Japanese maples, the Acers—they are just stunning. Some can stay small, while others need a bit of space and will overhang, adding a touch of beauty to any area. Trees suitable for small gardens that add a bit of color to your garden include Malus (Crab-apple), which has beautiful spring blossoms and attractive fruit, providing year-round interest.

Crataegus (Hawthorn) is hardy and often covered in spring flowers and red berries in autumn; the ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ variety is quite popular with its pink double flowers. Magnolia stellata is a lovely spring-flowering tree, and there are many varieties to choose from. Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), also known as the mountain ash tree, has clusters of white flowers, bright red berries, and attractive pinnate leaves, providing interest throughout the year.

When selecting a tree, consider its growth rate, the amount of sunlight your garden receives, and the type of soil you have. Proper placement and regular maintenance will ensure that your tree thrives and enhances the beauty of your small garden.

If you have a lot of space in your garden, consider adding some stunning trees that can add unique features to your garden. Oaks (Quercus) are known for their strength and longevity, providing excellent shade and habitat for wildlife. Maples (Acers) come in a variety of colors and have beautiful foliage. Beeches (Fagus) are majestic trees with smooth, dense foliage providing shade. Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus) have ovate leaves with serrated edges that turn yellow-orange in autumn, showcasing amazing beauty.

There are so many trees to choose from, but these are just a few of our favorites that we wanted to share. If you are considering adding a tree, pop in to see the choices.

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