The use of Olive Trees in several of the show gardens at Chelsea stood out for us this year. Whether ancient and gnarled or clipped as a hedge, several garden designs presented interesting ideas for working with olive trees in our gardens and outside spaces. These beautiful, age-old evergreen trees are more versatile than many UK gardeners realise. They work very well in a huge variety of garden styles, from urban contemporary to Mediterranean chic. Here are a few tasters:
There is something immediately striking and timeless about using a giant ancient olive tree as a central focal point for a garden. These ancient, extra mature show-stoppers are a massive one metre in diameter and show as much beautiful, gnarled ancient trunk as possible. This splendid specimen is from the silver medal winning Royal Bank of Canada garden. These style of trees are known as Bonsai Macro Olive Trees. Bonsai refers to the style or shape and macro refers to the fact that these trees are quite sizeable indeed.
In a similar size bracket, we have our own range of Bonsai Macro Olive Trees for sale, either online or from our North London garden centre. Our largest mature olive trees are over 2 metres tall with a massive trunk girth of 1 metre. Here’s how they look:
We also have bonsai-style mini versions which have impressively ancient features but are on a smaller scale for smaller spaces. This range of mini garden bonsai olive tree is 1.25 metres tall:
We were particularly drawn to the discreet olive hedging in the gold medal winning Beauty of Islam garden. Evergreen, hardy and dense growing, many people don’t realise what a wonderful hedge olive trees can make. Here is a close-up of the olive hedge:
And again, as a backdrop to the magnificent Bismarckia Nobilis palm – note the subtle yet eye-catching effect of the differing shades of foliage:
From the Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse, this is a charming shady seating area created simply but beautifully by a grove of olive trees: