In THE GAR­DEN WITH SYD­NEY’S PLANT MAR­KET

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Gardening -

Now that win­ter is here, it’s the per­fect time to se­lect and plant a de­cid­u­ous tree in your gar­den. De­cid­u­ous trees are dor­mant dur­ing win­ter mak­ing them easy to trans­port and plant with­out any fuss. They will es­tab­lish a root sys­tem over the win­ter months which will max­imise your spring growth. Also at this time of year, the nurs­ery has the best se­lec­tion of de­cid­u­ous trees. They are avail­able in larger quan­ti­ties and are some­times bare rooted, mak­ing them more eco­nom­i­cal to pur­chase.

The ad­van­tage of hav­ing a de­cid­u­ous tree in your gar­den is that they pro­vide ex­cel­lent shade when needed in the sum­mer months, but they al­low the sun to shine through and warm your home in the win­ter months. They add beauty to your sur­round­ings and can add colour and in­ter­est to a land­scape. A row of de­cid­u­ous trees can help de­fine a space and add pri­vacy to a yard.

Be­fore com­ing to the nurs­ery, it’s a good idea to think about the space you have for your tree and what the pur­pose of your tree will be. Do you want a small, medium or large tree, one with flow­ers or one which may have spec­tac­u­lar fo­liage colour? Maybe you are look­ing for just one spec­i­men tree to stand out in your front gar­den or court­yard, or a tree to give you sum­mer shade. There are trees to suit very nar­row spots as well as trees which could be planted along a border or av­enue. What­ever your re­quire­ments are, there is cer­tainly a tree avail­able for you.

Once you have de­cided on your space and spe­cific pur­pose for the tree, it’s just a mat­ter of choos­ing from our huge range at the nurs­ery. For a nar­row space or to use as a cen­tre­piece in a gar­den bed, a spring flow­er­ing weep­ing cherry could be a per­fect choice. Or­na­men­tal cher­ries come grafted on a short or tall stem and usu­ally in shades of pink or whites. If flow­ers are not your thing then maybe a weep­ing maple is for you. The stand­out fo­liage colours of lime greens, through to or­anges and reds make the weep­ing maple a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion.

You may be af­ter a fea­ture tree which is a lit­tle larger such as a flow­er­ing plum. The plums have a deep pur­ple leaf and the pret­ti­est pink flow­ers in spring. They range in height from three to four me­tres high and have a nice v shape. An­other small to medium flow­er­ing tree is the range of crepe myr­tles. They are renowned for their har­di­ness and ex­cel­lent flower colours right through the sum­mer months. Other flow­er­ing trees in­clude or­na­men­tal pears which have a nar­row up­right habit. They are best planted in rows along drive­ways or bor­ders of a prop­erty.

The larger stand­out trees that are read­ily avail­able are the new va­ri­eties of liq­uidambers, as well as the tulip tree just to name a few. If you have a large space you may be able to plant sev­eral dif­fer­ent de­cid­u­ous trees. The dif­fer­ent shapes, size and fo­liage colours add va­ri­ety and in­ter­est to the gar­den and cer­tainly add value to a prop­erty once es­tab­lished.

Let’s also not for­get that there is a huge range of de­cid­u­ous fruit­ing trees avail­able in win­ter. Why not plant ap­ples, pears or peach tree. Also avail­able are figs, plums cher­ries as well as as­sorted berries.

What­ever your re­quire­ments in de­cid­u­ous trees, now is the time to get the best range and choice. Come and see us at Syd­ney Plant Mar­ket as I am sure there will be a tree or two for you and let’s get plant­ing.

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