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Fragrant flowers and lustrous leaves help these often overlooked shrubs and small trees to stand out, says Miranda Kimberley.
Plants, products and technology updates on show to 60,000 international visitors at annual German trade fair IPM Essen.
Growers are increasingly taking advantage of the benefits afforded by automation, Sally Drury reports.
Windbreaks have an important part to play in horticulture by providing shelter from the ill effects of wind on plants, soil, buildings and people.
Young, newly-planted trees need all the support and protection they can get, writes Sally Drury.
Marketing plans have come to the fore as growers' optimism has increased, writes Sally Drury.
With grower confidence boosted by good weather, demand for machinery is on the up, says Sally Drury.
Showy flowers and striking colour are helping these 'shooting stars' to grow in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.
There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.
Frequently grown as a specimen tree, this genus is valued for its autumn leaf colour, attractive bark and winter flowers, Bethan Norris discovers.
This tough genus includes trees that can cope with pollution and poor soils but disease and leaf litter are challenges, says Miranda Kimberley.
Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
- Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
- Kingston Maurward College