There is no substitute for a perfectly statuesque tree in a garden to make a statement. Trees are a great addition not just for their striking beauty but also to bring structure, dimension and balance to a planting scheme. If you thought trees are only suited for large gardens you’d be wrong. Even in the smallest of courtyards there is always room for a solemn tree or two.
Important: When considering the right tree for your garden, it’s not just what is visible that is important but also what happens under the surface. Some trees have roots that can span meters, with potential to wreak havoc and cause structural damage, whilst others have a compact root ball.
A tree’s physical appearance will define the space that surrounds it. So considering the shape of the leaves, texture of the trunk, flowering colour and the shape of its canopy – are all important features.
Important: Size of trunk? How wide will it grow? How much space do you allow for canopy? Are you wanting a low maintenance tree?
Deciding on a tree
There are many reasons why you might be considering introducing a tree into your garden. After all, they have a lot to offer. They’ve been contributing beauty, shade and shelter for millions of years now. And also being one of the most versatile building materials around and provider of fuel.
If you have a particular style within your garden then you’ll want to choose a variety to match. If not, what works well within the surroundings? Different trees thrive in different conditions. Particularly in the UK and if living near the coast will need to strong enough to endure windy conditions. Some trees that are native to England or simply grow well in our climate are listed below.
- Sliver Birch
- English Oak