IN THE GARDEN: Favourite field stock for you this spring
Following on from last week's field stock review, here at Caragh Nurseries, myself, Emily, Inge and Ella have all been working from home, at full throttle, during this lockdown period to ensure that absolutely everything we have available on the nursery is added to our online Store.
That includes lots and lots of our field stocks that, being out of sight and only available for a limited time of the year, is available to our extremely loyal following of gardeners throughout the country.
This includes hedging options like our laurels and Portuguese laurels but also our larger rootballed options like the thujas and other conifers as well as yew and bay laurel, to name just a few.
Here are just a few of my favourites from our field stocks:
Carpinus Betulus/Hornbeam Hedging Columns
These are 200-250cm tall, that’s 7-8ft tall and 50-60cm wide, clipped into columnar shape, ideal for mature hedging to screen and add privacy
These aren’t exactly hedging plants but are great for creating a screen or evergreen barrier. Pines like these Scots Pines are ideal for noise pollution if you live near a noisy road.
These are grown to be trees or hedging and at 6-7ft tall so good and established when going in. I adore beech hedging, I'm just not patient enough for it to grow, so these solve that problem.
Prunus Laur Rotundifolia / Common Laurel
The common laurel is the ideal hedging plant if you want a hedge that is dense, evergreen, grows quickly and isn’t too expensive. These laurels will fit all those criteria and do it well.
They produce a dark green, dense hedge that you won’t see through but will need cutting once to twice a year to keep it at the desired height and width so it doesn’t get too big or wide.
Taxus Bacatta / Yew
I have Yew hedging up my driveway to create a screen. Mine is now at approx 7-8ft tall and it creates a very formal, clean lines hedge. These ones are smaller but will grow nicely and they work in either a formal or contemporary garden due to their clipped clean lines.
Prunus nova is a variant of laurel that isn’t as big or as wide and has a slightly gentler, elongated leaf. It makes a lovely alternative especially when privacy is a must but space is at a premium.
Photinia Red Robin
Photinia Red Robin has been in high demand the last few years due it being evergreen but giving that splash of colour too. These rootballed plants are a great option for an urban hedge.
Laurus Nobilis / Bay Laurel
Bay laurel is mainly grown in pots, it grows well like this and so we don’t tend to produce them rootballed. This is a great option if you want height without width.
In other news, we are starting to see the smallest amount of growth happening in the garden. My hellebores are in flower and my snowdrops under the yew hedge are all nodding their beautiful white tiny heads.
The saraccoca is throwing out its scent In my garden which is all great to see as the overhaul of my garden means the rest of it is in heaps of soil until the new terrace can be laid.
As the next month progresses there are so many of the early season plants that will start springing into life, like the camellias and some of the earlier magnolias and rhododendrons. So, next week we will look at the outdoors coming to life and what to do in the garden - if you’re like me, an afternoon in the garden sounds like the ideal break from the laptop and homeschooling!
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