Trees are the ‘lungs of the world’. We owe our very existence to the fact that they produce the oxygen so vital to life. They are also the creators of great beauty and stature, standing proud in the landscape and adorning the earth with majesty - like Queens. And beyond that, they are the most important plants in any garden, creating the form and structure that are permanent and long-lasting.
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Evergreen Trees provide shade, shelter, privacy and atmosphere. They assist in the creation of a micro-climate in your garden, protecting whatever has been underplanted. Some trees are valued for their flowers in season, but these are not the prime consideration when selecting a tree for use in the garden design: elegance of habit, attractive foliage, shape and suitability for the position are more important.
Trees must be carefully selected for size and habit. So often, trees have to be removed because they outgrew their garden space. For small gardens, choose smaller growing trees so that they fill but do not cramp the space that has been allotted to them. For larger gardens, go wild and plant a forest of giants!
When selecting trees for the garden, consider the following questions:
How high do the branches grow?
Can you walk underneath the tree or do the branches droop to the ground?
Does the foliage have a sparse habit – allowing some filtered sunlight through or is it dense, and therefore dark underneath?
What is the full grown height, width, architectural form and shape of the tree?
What are the tolerance factors of moisture, heat, cold, drought, pH, salinity, space and light?
Know what you want and then set out to tick all the boxes to ensure that you select the right tree. And when in doubt, seek us out and we shall help you to make the right decision.
The term gracilis means graceful and slender which describes this narrow upright Conifer perfectly. Neat and tidy blue-green foliage that grows in a perfect column tapering to a narrow point. Likes a sunny open position in nice deeply worked soil. Evergreen.
A great Conifer for adding a touch of formality to the garden or accentuating a feature. Combines well with most other colours.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 0.35m
A useful, upright, slender conifer that can be used to create vertical accents in planting schemes or containers. Dark green thread-like foliage that forms a column and tapers to a point. Must have good drainage and likes deeply worked soil and a sunny spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.4m
A selected form of the ancient and ever popular Bay Tree. Having smaller leaves than other forms makes it ideal for topiary work. The leaves are aromatic, dark green and leathery and just love to be clipped or cooked! Tolerant of most conditions including coastal. Evergreen. Culinary.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Grandiflora. A very handsome evergreen specimen tree with dark green glossy leaves that have a brown under-felt. The flowers are magnificent. Cupped, creamy, fragrant and large. They appear in late summer. Easy to grow and quite hardy. Matures to a pyramidal shape, worthy of the space to grow unhindered.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 4m
Bred in NZ this fabulous evergreen tree has glossy foliage, velvet buds, beautiful cream flowers with a pink blush and a gentle fragrance. What more could you want? Plant in sun or semi-shade in a sheltered position. Evergreen. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
A relatively new introduction which is sure to be a winner amongst the gardening fraternity. Glossy leathery rounded foliage which always looks neat and tidy. Fuzzy brown flower buds which open to beautifully scented cream flowers in early spring. Will grow well in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
A highly desirable small evergreen tree that has glossy green foliage and gorgeous cream flowers that are flushed with pale purple at the tips. Once established will just smother itself with perfumed blooms in spring. Plant in a sunny sheltered position with acid soil. Evergreen. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Cream / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m