Our New Collection of Conifers

We’ve always been fans of Conifers at Paramount Plants – as part of our evergreen screening options and as instant hedging – they are right up there in our best sellers list. Over the past year we’ve travelled far and wide to source an amazing selection of new varieties to vastly increase our Conifer Collection for this season – view the entire selection here on the NEW! dedicated Conifer section of our website.

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Pinus Nigra Nana – Dwarf Pine

Conifers cover an incredibly wide range of trees including Cedars, Pines, and Yew, all conifers produce seed bearing cones – they actually occupy a huge amount of the Earth’s surface. They are very often the last trees you see when scaling mountains, many of these hardy specimens have evolved a shape especially designed to encourage heavy snow to fall off the branches without damaging them with its weight and as you would expect Conifers can survive the harshest of winters. Read more Our New Collection of Conifers

Cornus Kousa and Cornus Florida – these Flowering Dogwoods take the ornamental tree to new heights!

THE BACKGROUND
Belonging to the Cornus genus, Cornus Kousa and Cornus Florida (a genus commonly known as flowering dogwoods) have long been used as ornamental trees for gardens and landscapes. Compact and upright in shape, Cornus ornamental trees generally don’t get overly big. They tend to flower profusely and these flowers last for a quite a long time (as they are in fact bracts). Although there are 3 families of Cornus (flowering dogwood), Cornus Kousa (Chinese Flowering Dogwood) and Cornus Florida (American Flowering Dogwood) are best suited to our UK climate. Read more Cornus Kousa and Cornus Florida – these Flowering Dogwoods take the ornamental tree to new heights!

Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea (Irish Yew) – embellishing our gardens since the 1750s

The English Yew (Taxus Baccata) needs no introduction to most of us. We use it for hedging, evergreen screening and as a stand-alone ornamental tree. But what of the golden Irish Yew? Read more Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea (Irish Yew) – embellishing our gardens since the 1750s

Beautiful Barks – Trees with Ornamental Bark

As the leaves fall, the bark is revealed and here, in our humble opinion, are some of the most beautiful trees with ornamental bark.

The Silver Birch – in this case, Betula Utilis Pendula or weeping Silver Birch tree – has a lovely white bark, pictured here in all its glory, beautifully offset by the deep blue backdrop of a sunny autumn day. This weeping Silver Birch tree is a slow growing and relatively small tree so it’s ideal for introducing a dramatic touch to the smaller garden.

 Trees with ornamental bark - weeping Silver Birch (Betula Utilis Pendu)
Trees with ornamental bark – weeping Silver Birch (Betula Utilis Pendula)

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Rhododendrons in the Woodland Garden

April/May/June sees one of the showiest displays in the UK – in both gardens and in the wild. For during these months the Rhododendrons are in flower. These extravagant blooms, indigenous to the Himalayas, were originally taken around the world for private collections by the early Victorians. The hybridisation and crossing the Nepalese varieties with the US varieties was originally to make them hardy enough for British winters. These days there are some incredible hybrids available from all over the world.

Rhododendrons at Exbury Gardens for sale online UK
Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Exbury Gardens

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