Cherry Blossom Delight: How To Grow Ornamental Cherry Trees In Your UK Garden
I think I speak for most people when I say we’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring at this stage and when you think of 'Spring blooms', Cherry Blossom is right at the top of the list. It is one of those sights that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and put a little bounce in your step.
Ornamental Cherry Trees, whilst stunning, can be a little daunting for the average gardener (and the average garden). Often, the ones that we are busy admiring are great big, monster trees that we would never be able to fit in our own little spot of green paradise. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With modern breeding and grafting techniques everyone can have their own profusion of pretty, delicate looking blossom, right outside their own door.
Our varieties of Prunus (Ornamental Cherries) are perfectly suited to smaller gardens or even growing in containers. Its so simple, the trickiest part is selecting which colour you want!
If white is your colour, try growing the beautiful Prunus Brilliant – pink buds open to single white flowers with a pretty pink centre. With bags of flower power, Brilliant is loved by bees and by us too!
Alternatively you could plump for Prunus Ruby – with masses of single pink flowers. Ruby also has fantastic Autumn colour and as the plant matures the bark takes on a warm copper tone.
Last, but by no means least, Prunus Kanzan – an absolute showstopper in the Spring garden and I think, my personal favourite. Kanazan has it all – fancy double pink flowers and fabulous colour changing foliage that starts bonze in colour, maturing to green and then turning shades of marmalade in the Autumn.
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Whichever one you select, its sure to be a winner in the garden. All three varieties are grafted onto dwarfing root stock meaning you get all the benefits up top of a highly floriferous ornamental cherry, whilst the root stock used has been selected for its small and compact characteristics, keeping your Cherry tree well-mannered and mini!
Plant out into beds and borders or pots and containers by digging a hole slightly larger than the rootball. We recommend adding a little slow release fertiliser such as Fed N Done to the hole at the time of planting, just to give it the best start in life. Keep your little trees well-watered after planting whilst they become established.