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Enjoying the blossom season


When I moved to the house where I live now, which has more space for trees than my previous gardens had, I planted a double-flowering cherry tree as a memory of my childhood home.

It is still a small tree, but it will get fairly large and I appreciate that not every garden has space for such a tree. There are, however, thankfully many trees of all sorts of sizes that bring beauty and blossom to our gardens.

If asked, the tree I always recommend for any garden, regardless of space, is the Amalanchier.  There are many variations of this tree and the one I have is the Amalanchier ‘lamarkii’. This tree will get to around three metres in height, though you can prune it if you wish to keep it smaller. 

It is one of the early blossoms in spring and it then goes on to form edible berries – the birds eat the berries before I get close to them. The tree then goes on to have good autumn colour before going into its winter sleep.

A fruit tree is always a bringer of welcome blossom. It is both pretty and of course functional, as you will be able to eat the fruit. You can also select a tree to fit your space. 

You can buy apple trees that will grow as ‘step-overs’ to form a functional low-level barrier or fruit trees to grow on a patio or up against a wall.  If you’re unsure about how tall a tree will grow, always go to a good tree nursery to ask or look online.

Crab apple trees are also very decorative, often not too large and they will provide crab apples in the autumn.  Many crab apples will hang on the branches well into the winter months like a living Christmas bauble.

I grow Malus ‘Rudolph’, a tree appealed to me as it has dark pink blossom surrounded by red tinged foliage.  Small red apples appear in the Summer.  This tree can get rather large (up to seven metres tall) but again you can prune it and keep it to the limit you wish.