At Horticentre, we offer a wide selection of ornamental trees, both in-store and online. Ornamental trees are a wonderful addition to any garden, providing beauty, elegance, and visual interest throughout the year. Whether you have a large garden or a small space, ornamental trees come in various sizes and types to suit your needs. At Horticentre we like to help you with picking out the right ornamental tree or trees for you garden. Hop in to our garden centre in Overton or have a look at our webshop.
What are ornamental trees?
Ornamental trees are trees that are cultivated primarily for their aesthetic appeal rather than for producing fruits or nuts. They are valued for their stunning foliage, unique shapes, and beautiful blooms, enhancing the landscape and adding charm to any garden. Ornamental trees come in both deciduous and evergreen varieties, offering a range of options to create a captivating garden display.
Pruning and Caring for Ornamental Trees
- Pruning: Proper pruning is essential for maintaining the health and shape of ornamental trees. For deciduous trees, prune during their dormant season, usually in late winter or early spring. Remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and thin out the tree's canopy to allow better airflow and sunlight penetration.
Evergreen trees can also be pruned to remove any dead or unwanted growth, but be cautious not to over-prune as it may affect their shape and vigour.
- Caring: Ornamental trees require regular watering, especially during dry spells. Mulching around the base of the tree helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. Fertilize with a balanced tree fertilizer in spring to support healthy growth and vibrant foliage or blooms. Protect against pests and diseases by inspecting the trees regularly and addressing any issues promptly.
Evergreen Trees at Horticentre
Pleached Evergreen Trees
Pleached evergreen trees, like Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) or Evergreen Oak (Quercus ilex), are pruned to form a flat screen of foliage at a desired height above the ground. These trained evergreen trees create a polished and contemporary look in gardens, providing privacy and structure without losing valuable garden space.
Fast-Growing Evergreen Trees
- Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus): A popular fast-growing evergreen, Common Laurel offers thick and glossy leaves, making it an ideal choice for hedging and screening.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.): Certain Eucalyptus species, such as Eucalyptus gunnii, are fast growers and provide striking foliage, creating a unique focal point in the garden.
- Holly (Ilex aquifolium): Holly is an evergreen tree that can establish itself quickly and, once established, provides a fantastic source of winter interest with its red berries.
Evergreen Trees for Pots
For container gardening, consider evergreen trees like Dwarf Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa'), Compact Holly (Ilex spp.), or Small-leaved Lime (Tilia cordata 'Greenspire'). These trees are well-suited for growing in pots and will provide year-round greenery and visual interest to patios, balconies, and small outdoor spaces.
Top 3 Ornamental Trees in the UK
- Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum): Known for its striking foliage and delicate appearance, the Japanese Maple offers a stunning display of vibrant colours in autumn, making it a favourite among gardeners.
- Cherry Blossom Trees (Prunus spp.): These beautiful flowering trees bring a burst of pink or white blooms in spring, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that symbolizes the arrival of the new season.
- Magnolia Trees: Magnolias are treasured for their large, fragrant flowers that bloom in various shades of pink, purple, or white, gracing the garden with their captivating beauty.
Ornamental Trees for small Gardens
Evergreen trees are ideal for adding year-round interest to gardens, even in limited spaces. Compact evergreens like Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) and Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') offer an array of colours and textures, making them versatile and visually appealing choices for any garden size.
Are Olive Trees Evergreen?
Yes, olive trees (Olea europaea) are evergreen trees. These iconic Mediterranean trees offer silvery-green leaves and an attractive, twisted trunk, making them prized for their unique appearance and their ability to thrive in a sunny, sheltered spot in the UK.
Buying Ornamental Trees from Horticentre Webshop
At Horticentre, we make it convenient for you to purchase ornamental trees and other garden plants online through our webshop. Alongside a diverse range of ornamental trees like evergreen trees, birch trees, and oak trees, you'll find top-quality garden tools, shrubs, roses, and perennials to complement your garden. Whether you're looking for evergreen trees for small gardens or fast-growing evergreen trees for screening, our webshop offers a wide selection to suit your preferences and garden needs. With our reliable delivery service, you can have the beauty of ornamental trees delivered straight to your door, ensuring your garden thrives with enchanting elegance year-round.