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Winter Interest

Left to her own devices, nature weaves a glorious winter tapestry, but how little of that artistry is reflected in our own gardens! An unhappy legacy of fairweather gardening.

Fortunately, when it comes to selecting a substantial tree for your garden, all that impulse-buy nonsense goes by the wayside. This is a matter for careful consideration, most of which can fortunately be done from the comfort of your chair if the weather chooses to be uncooperative.

A tree is the perfect opportunity to introduce winter interest to the garden, because, let’s face it, those herbaceous borders and all that summer bedding won’t be much help anyway. So as the fruits (and flowers) of one’s fairweather labours fade, why not consider passing the baton to one of these outdoorsy fellows. Steadfast beacons of winter cheer, every one.

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

10018 - Paperbark maple

Alnus glutinosa

Alnus glutinosa

10072 - Alder

Betula albosinensis 'Fascination'

Betula albosinensis 'Fascination'

10086 - Chinese red birch

Betula costata

Betula costata

10087 - Korean birch

Betula ermanii

Betula ermanii

10088 - Erman's Birch

Betula pendula 'Youngii'

Betula pendula 'Youngii'

10097 - Young's weeping birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

10100 - Himalayan birch

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'

10132 - Blue Atlas cedar

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'

10266 - Holly

Picea abies

Picea abies

10369 - Norway spruce

Pinus nigra ssp. nigra

Pinus nigra ssp. nigra

10376 - Austrian pine

Pinus wallichiana

Pinus wallichiana

10381 - Himalayan pine

Platanus x hispanica

Platanus x hispanica

10382 - London plane

Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanica

10416 - Portuguese laurel

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

10434 - Cherry - Autumn - Ornamental

Quercus robur

Quercus robur

10471 - English oak

Salix alba 'Britzensis' (Pollarded)

Salix alba 'Britzensis' (Pollarded)

11059 - Coral bark willow

Salix alba 'Tristis'

Salix alba 'Tristis'

10479 - Golden weeping willow

Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata

10505 - English yew