It’s coming up to the perfect time to plant a tree and since it’s one of the biggest things you’ll plant in your garden it’s worth a bit of consideration before you get started. Most of us have relatively small gardens but don’t let that put you off planting a tree, because there are lots of types that work well in tight spaces.
A tree has lots of benefits, and not just for you
- It gives food and shelter to birds and a huge range of small beneficial insects
- You’ll get some welcome shade in the summer
- It’s useful screening
- It helps to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Trees for small gardens:
Prunus serrula (Tibetan Cherry)
The main attraction is the shiny. Copper stem, it also has white flowers in spring and pretty autumn tints to the leaves. 8-12 metres high.
Betula jacqumontii Siver Shadow (Silver Birch)
Beautiful bright white stems and autumn colour, it has a light canopy that isn’t too dominating for small gardens.
Malus John Downie (Crab Apple)
Pink buds open into pretty white flowers in spring, followed by lots of handsome small orange-red fruit. You can make jelly from the fruit that’s lovely with cold meat and their high pectin content makes them perfect for adding to other jellies like blackberry and apple to get a firm set.
Fruit Trees: Why not plant an apple tree? Choose one that has a small root stock so it won’t get too big. Finding the perfect tree for your garden just needs a bit of planning:
- Consider the height and spread of the tree when it’s mature
- If you only have room for one tree choose one that has more than one season of interest
- Choose the right tree for your type of soil.
Japanese maple trees grow well in large pots if you have a tiny garden.
November is the start of tree planting season, so you’ve got some time to think it over. I’ll be writing about how to plant a tree next week.
All images: Jill Anderson