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Hardy Plant Focus: Prunus part 1 - flowering cherries for the garden

Flowering cherries are a quintessential harbinger of spring in the UK — probably more so than crab apples, hawthorns, rowans and whitebeams combined — and they likely constitute the most often-planted and widely recognised garden trees.

Magnolia 'Royal Purple'

Hardy Plant Focus: Magnolia — large-flowered hybrids for the garden

This genus contains unarguably some of the most beautiful shrubs and trees, in terms of both flowers and fragrance, that we are able to grow in our temperate UK climate.

Ulmus glabra: wych and Scotch elm are now relatively rare in the British Isles after having been largely decimated by Dutch elm disease

Native trees and shrubs - part five

Natives can add high ornamental and wildlife value in parks, urban gardens and rural estates, writes Sally Drury.



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