This inspirational book from Kew Gardens' tree expert is the perfect guide to choosing and growing these essential garden mainsta...
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This inspirational book from Kew Gardens' tree expert is the perfect guide to choosing and growing these essential garden mainstays.
With authoritative advice from Kew tree expert Tony Kirkham and the Kew Gardens team, this is the ultimate companion to growing and planting trees. In addition, there are twelve tree-related projects to inspire every green-fingered gardener.
There is a place in every garden for a tree, but before buying it is important to think about why and what you are planting and where. Do you want to plant for privacy, as a single ornamental specimen for seasonal interest or to attract wildlife?
Such key considerations are discussed by the Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He also explains the practicalities of growing a tree as well as describing and illustrating a wide range of trees in detail, for every size of garden.
The Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing Trees is part of the Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing series, a collection of books from Kew's top experts filled with tips, projects and handy advice on a range of gardening issues. Other titles include Growing Herbs, Growing House Plants, Growing Vegetables, Growing Orchids and Growing Fruit.
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Part One: The value of trees and why should we plant them? Trees in the garden What is a tree? Parts of a tree Planting the right tree in the right place Buying a tree Looking after a tree between buying and planting Planting a tree Tree staking Aftercare following planting Tree propagation Pruning trees Mature tree pruning operations When and how to hire a professional arborist
Part Two: Tree profiles Black tupelo Paperback maple Silver birch Tulip tree Saucer magnolia Japanese maple Norway maple Handkerchief tree Common hawthorn Black mulberry Japanese dogwood Chinese flowering dogwood Honey locust Judas tree Golden chain tree Black walnut Sweetgum Harlequin glorybower Siberian crab Willow-leaved pear Hornbeam Katsura Grey alder Japanese Yoshino cherry Tibetan cherry Indian horse chestnut Scarlet oak Japanese zelkova Rowan Whitebeam Small-leaved lime Indian bean tree Service berry Bullbay Silver wattle Strawberry tree Olive New Zealand lacebark Western red cedar Lawson cypress English yew Mediterranean cypress Dawn redwood Maidenhair tree Palm tree
Projects Planting a maidenhair tree in a container for a balcony or patio Growing a tree from seed Making a collage of preserved, colourful autumnal leaves in a picture frame Topiarising a bay tree into a standard ball Creating a multi-stemmed birch Grow your own Christmas tree to bring inside each year Establishing mistletoe in a garden tree Five hardworking trees for any small garden Building an ecological pile in the garden from old logs and branches Making a bee hotel Ageing an oak tree and measuring the height without technology Researching and finding an old veteran tree in a local garden, park or graveyard