1. Peaches, nectarines and apricots: how to grow exotic fruit in the UK

    Can you grow your own exotic fruit such as peaches, apricots and nectarines in the UK?

    Thinking of planting a fruit tree? No doubt you'll consider an apple, plum or pear. But how about something more exotic?  Did you know that you can expect full sized fruit from even tiny, patio-sized fruit trees such as peach, nectarine and apricot?  It’s all about the variety of tree and the rootstock. Here's a simple guide to get you started, it's a lot easier than you might think.   Read more
  2. 10 of the best flowering cherry trees for spring in the UK

    So many different flowering cherry trees to choose from, but which one’s the best?

    April and May are the peak periods for tree blossom, during which time the majority of flowering, ornamental cherry trees will be covered in blousy blooms. But which is best? With so many to choose from, you might want to utilise the coveted Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM) to help you select. We’ve sorted ten of the best AGM ornamental cherries – one of which could come to a garden near you. After all, this is the perfect time in which to plant!

    Larger ornamental cherries

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  3. Six of the best ornamental, flowering cherries: trees for spring blossom

    Here's six of the best cherry trees for spring blossom. 

    Spring is a season loved by most and there are few people who don’t rejoice when they see blossom bursting forth. There’s no doubt that ornamental flowering cherries are some of the nation’s favourite trees – not necessarily for horticultural enthusiasts who might prefer a type of Prunus that have something for all seasons, but definitely for the homeowner who loves gardens. Read more
  4. Plant a flowering cherrry, there's a blossom tree for every garden

    Flowering cherries want to be seen. Plant a tree for all to see!

    The autumn equinox has arrived and the daylight hours now match the length of darkness. Lamenting the loss of summer? There's  a change in the light which makes interesting shadows, but we have the promise of more sunshine on the way. This is a real bonus in September as this is a time during which many of us mourn the passing of the beloved season that allows all things to seem possible. But to perk up your autumn even further, you might like the thought of some spring blossom to look forward to. Read more
  5. 10 trees with great appeal for small to medium gardens

    These small trees are blooming marvellous in spring

    We all know about March winds and the fact that we still have the occasional frost or even snow at this time of year. But March is a month of variables and it can be warm enough to sit out on a deckchair, should you have such a thing. Most flowering plants in early spring keep low to the ground. They hug the banks and woodland edge, or keep their small heads slightly bowed in order to thrive.  But the show is all set to begin. There are so many plants that are about to burst into glory. The spectacle that generally launches everyone’s hearts and hopes is the blossom that adorns bare dark branches of ornamental trees, propelling the growing season to a pinnacle. Read more