AUTUMN / WINTER 2017 & 2018
It’s Yew Hedging Root ball season once again! This is the time of the year when plant growth is dormant and we can sell plants direct from the ground as a root ball without having to pot them up, meaning even more value for money for you.
What To Plant Now – Autumn has arrived early at Paramount Plants
Let’s face it – July and August have been rather a wash-out this year in the UK, with cloudy, rainy days for about a month now. For gardens, however, this is fabulous weather and here at Paramount Plants we are advising everyone thinking of planting larger specimen plants, to take advantage of this early Autumn-like weather and start planting trees and shrubs straight away. Our ‘what to plant now’ suggestions below, reflect a fraction of the plants available at our London plant centre, if you have questions please remember our expert team is here to help.
The first part of this year 2017 has been one of the very hottest, driest and windiest on record : February the 9th hottest, April 10th driest, March 5th hottest and June 5th hottest months since earliest records in 1910. Of course, as often happens during a UK Summer, this August 2017 has seen the weather change to cooler and and much wetter conditions and in our opinion Autumn has arrived early this year.
This fresher and rainy weather has given our gardens a much needed respite from the earlier heat and drought conditions and have produced the ideal soil conditions for planting – especially if you’re planning to introduce hedging or intend planting mature trees or specimen shrubs .
The perennial debate about when Autumn really starts has been an age-old argument with many conflicting views.
One view that we nurserymen subscribe to, is that Autumn really starts when mother nature alerts us with tell-tale signals; the changing colour of tree foliage, the production of berries and the ripening of autumn fruits – and this is happening in many gardens across the UK right NOW.
What To Plant Now – Evergreen Screening and Hedging
An old adage is a week in the ground now is worth a month in the ground in Spring in terms of root growth – happy roots mean happy plants and the soil is in near-perfect conditions this late summer/early autumn. Hedging and privacy screening trees will have a head-start if you plant them now and with many varieties, you can take advantage of planting with rootball hedge plants – a much more cost effective way to plant hedging.
Plant Now For Spring Flowering
Planning your displays for next Spring? Camellias and Magnolias will be well established if planted now, getting the most benefit from the warm soil of early Autumn and make good preparations for a stunning show early next year. If you’d like some flower colour this winter – don’t overlook the Camellia Sasanquas these stunning shrubs are very early flowering with some varieties that will start blooming as early as December.
In any event, with September just around the corner, the start of the best planting season of the whole year begins, and the most beautiful season of the year as well. Our Japanese Acer trees range from small trees to very large mature specimens that provide instant impact. Plant these incredible trees now for a show-stopping display throughout these Autumn weeks – Acers are renowned for their Autumn foliage colours.
On a final note – Plants planted in the Autumn/early Winter have the very best chance of fully establishing and they require minimum maintenance, during this dormant phase of the year they will be busy establishing themselves for the coming growing season next Spring.
Read more on what to plant now and in the Autumn, in our our dedicated blog on – Best Time To Plant Shrubs and Trees
There are many excellent choices of summer flowering plants & trees which put on a magnificent show in June, July and August. Whether for your own garden or giving as a special gift, you can choose specimens which will reliably bloom during the long balmy summer months! Clients often ask us what plants or trees are flowering on a particular date or month as they are thinking of birthday gifts for family or friends. In this post, we will focus on summer flowering plants and trees for the months of June, July and August. Read more Summer Flowering Plants and Trees – Birthday & Gift Ideas ›
By Lucas Mariconda We had the great pleasure of visiting this ancient Villa and its amazing gardens in July. The Villa D’este Gardens in Tivoli were created in the 16th century and are a splendid example of Italian Renaissance architecture. We saw some of the most marvellous water features ever built in a garden. The garden itself is set high up in the mountains just outside Rome, where the climate is just a tad cooler and the views from the gardens simply wondrous. Today the Palace & Gardens are a UNESCO world heritage site.
Planning a garden in a small space has its challenges, not the least of which is finding the best trees for small gardens. Luckily, there are many lovely small specimen trees to tuck into even the tiniest of city gardens! Many of these would even work in a courtyard or on a roof terrace where space is even more limited. When you can only fit in a few, you need trees that can deliver year-round interest, and we have lots to choose from. Below are perhaps the best of the best. We cover suggestions for deciduous, evergreen and topiary trees for small gardens.