A guide to species and cultivars of popular or useful plants for landscaping or use in public green spaces, with tips on how to use them.
Regularly overlooked in favour of the more flamboyant flowering cherries and crab apples, rowans and whitebeams should be given much greater consideration when choosing a tree for the garden.
Natives can add high ornamental and wildlife value in parks, urban gardens and rural estates, writes Sally Drury.
Knowing your native Sambucus and Sorbus can help to unlock a variety of potential income opportunities, Sally Drury explains.
One of the great joys of May is coming across our native hawthorn Crataegus monogyna (below), bedecked in her frothy, fragrant flowers.
Continuing our series of articles covering British native trees and shrubs, Sally Drury turns the spotlight on oaks and roses.
In the first part of a special round-up, Sally Drury details native trees and shrubs that can attract grants and potential income.
These trees and shrubs grow to a range of different heights and produce distinctive foliage in many colours, Sally Drury finds.
From bonsai, rock garden and ground cover to dense hedges and extremely elegant trees up to 50m tall, the small genus of Tsuga may only have 10 species of evergreen conifers but it has variety and versatility.
Pretty flowers, shiny leaves and delicious berries make this an appealing choice for garden designers, writes Sally Drury.
Bold flower spikes bring a wide mix of colours to the garden and add height to traditional borders.
Bright flowers and sweet scent merit a higher profile in garden design for these undervalued shrubs, Sally Drury insists.
Good pictorial labelling and effective use of point-of-sale material is crucial for these showy flowers, says Sally Drury.
Spectacular spring blossom makes these trees highly valuable in garden designs and urban landscapes, writes Sally Drury.
This diverse and ornamental genus presents opportunities for retailers as well as landscapers, writes Sally Drury.
An abundance of spring blossom ensures flowering crab apple trees’ reputation as jewels of the landscape, notes Sally Drury.
Their wide diversity makes these plants ideal and popular for many garden and landscape purposes, Sally Drury finds.
These trees are ideal for parks and gardens and many will tolerate pollution in urban areas, notes Sally Drury.
These plants survive severe exposure and make good ground cover in cityscapes to wildlife gardens, writes Sally Drury.
These plants are enjoyed for their dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and for their foliage, writes Sally Drury.
Oak trees are iconic, produce spectacular autumn foliage and benefit the natural environment, Sally Drury reports.