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Ornamental Trees

Ornamental trees are on the tips of every gardener’s tongue. These trees are known for their delicate and beautiful flowers. They are also known for being easy to grow and maintain. Ornamental trees tend to be small to medium tree varieties. Rarely you may stumble across a large ornamental tree variety like the pear tree. Often utilised in Japanese and meditation gardens, ornamental trees have a calming and tranquil effect. They are perfect for an ordinary garden setting too. Ornamental trees flower densely with blankets of petals across the entire tree. Buy your garden trees now and we will throw in FREE UK delivery.

What is an ornamental tree?

Ornamental trees are flowering trees that are grown for their beautiful appearance. They are perfect for small gardens and large settings, as mentioned. Every garden would benefit from planting a beautiful flowering ornamental cherry tree in Spring. Adding one or a few ornamental trees can add a structure to a garden. While providing shade for plants and wildlife where needed. Planting ornamental trees can blend well with other plants and trees year-round. They are fantastic as backgrounds for shrubs and flower borders too.

How to care for ornamental trees to make them blossom

Ornamental trees are eye-catching trees that blossom in different colours in Spring, Autumn and even Winter. How are you going to use your plant? Is it better as a stand-alone tree? Or as part of something bigger? They are versatile plants. If there isn't much else of note in the garden, choose an ornamental tree that stands out. Or one that has something unique about it.

While a specimen tree is great, it's good to plant them in small clumps together. This can build a new mini garden all on its own. Loose canopied trees that allow sunshine throughout the day enable you to create a haven for plants below them. Shrubs and other garden perennials will be able to enjoy the light and shade through the canopy as the sun moves throughout the day.

Other things to consider when adding an ornamental tree to a garden: The size - does your garden have room to accommodate a tree? Will the tree fit in with the garden landscape? Picking the right location - making sure the soil is matched right with the tree. Is there enough sun or shade for it to live and grow? Make sure that surface roots do not interfere with general gardening. Have an ornamental tree that doesn't require much upkeep, pruning or general maintenance. Luckily, there are lots of ornamental trees that require little attention. Some trees require watering during dry periods though. Flowers in Spring look their best on trees with some attention now and then.

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How to grow ornamental trees in your garden

Planting your ornamental tree is easy. Plant by watering in well and at the depth of the root. Once bedded in, ornamental trees require little pruning or watering.

Our favourite ornamental tree ideas

There are various ornamental trees as mentioned. Small trees that are low maintenance to large white flowering trees that are the centrepiece of gardens. Trees with white flowers, flowering cherry trees, trees for pots and more.

The trees listed below are some of our favourites that can be added to a garden. 

Japanese Maple tree

The Japanese Maple is one of our favourite small tree variations. The maple is a great option to plant in your garden. It can be added as a specimen tree or as part of a wider selection of plants and flowers. This type of tree adds a touch of class to a front garden. The Japanese Maple tree can be traced back to Japan, China and Korea. 

Cornus Kousa - Kousa Dogwood tree

We really like the Cornus Kousa. One of the favourable points of planting this tree is that it can be grown in full sun, partial or shade. When Spring arrives, the Kousa blossoms white flowers and in late Summer, berries grow that can make the perfect wine. During Autumn, purple foliage will add the finishing touches to a lovely garden landscape. Exfoliating bark will also add interest to the garden with this tree in Winter. The garden will be a nice place to spend time in with the white flowers that grow.

Crab apple tree

The crab apple is a popular type of plant for the garden as they are excellent for wildlife, harvests food and looks pretty. The tree has eye catching flowers in Spring and red fruits in Summer. When the crab apple tree flowers in Spring, it will attract an abundance of wildlife to your garden. Including insects such as bees. Planting crab apple trees allow you to enjoy cider, jams and jellies from the apples grown. This tree is fantastic for small gardens due to their compact size. Soil should be moist and well-drained when growing a Crab apple tree. It should be grown in full sun or partial shade.

Flowering Cherry tree

The Flowering Cherry is a tree to add to a smaller space. It will add interest year-round due to its show-stopping colours. When Spring arrives the flowering cherry will open to pink flowers. As the bloom settles and fades, foliage grows into green by the Summer and an orange-yellow by Autumn. The tree will grow 1-2 feet every year. Making it grow into a wonderful stand-alone plant in your garden. The Flowering Cherry will blossom best in Spring will full sun.

Lilac tree 

Lilac ‘President Grevy’ is another example of an ornamental tree. Shrubs such as the Lilac have a range of flowers that will make your garden look fantastic. The variety of colours from the pink, purple or white flowers have a strong scent and can be shaped or cut as you wish. Lilac shrubs prefer sunny locations. Lilac trees like soil that is well-drained. The smaller versions are perfect for small tree pots.

Magnolia tree

Tulip flowers spring to mind when we describe the Magnolia tree. It grows in a variety of colours such as magenta, white and pink. The tree flowers in Spring won't blossom until the summer months. They are also versatile, grown as shrubs and into large extravagant trees. (Double-check the size of the plant that you end up buying so it fits your garden). They are known to be grown as evergreens too.

At Gardener's Dream, we offer a wide variety of Ornamental trees. Please find our selection below.

Also, check out our other house plants, evergreen treeslarge trees, hedging plantsgarden plantsshrubs and fruit trees.

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