Conifers, Bamboo, Climbers

The Quirky Bird says:

Conifers and Bamboos are some of those groups of plants that alternates between being fashionable or not. Whatever the fashion they provide valuable evergreen colour and structure to the garden. Climbers add vertical interest and with careful choosing provide interest through the year.

Plants are available  from 1 litre up to 5 litre pots. They can be planted at any time of year as long as the ground isn’t frozen or water logged. In summer water plants regularly until established.

Below is our current list of conifers, bamboos and climbers in stock. With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch. I will be adding more in the spring once I know what other plants we will have available.


Conifers

Abies

Abies koreana

A very distinctive, small, conical tree with bristly stems of shiny, dark-green leaves, silver beneath, and very attractive, upward-facing, male, purple cones produced from a young age. Best in moist, well-drained, neutral to acid soil and semi-shade. One of my favourites.

H 12m, S 3m.                     5L pot          £20.00

Abies balsamea Hudsonia Group

This Abies is a slow-growing dwarf with a compact bun-shaped habit, rather broader than tall, and closely branched stems bearing dense, short dark green needles. Plant in full sun and moist but well drained soil. H 50 -100cm, S 1 – 1.5m.                     2L pot          £9.95


Cedrus

Cedrus deodara ‘Aurea’ AGM

A tree with soft, pendulous branches, clothed in golden to greenish yellow needle like foliage. It combines well with perennials, shrubs and other evergreens and enjoys moist, well-drained soil and sun or light shade. H 18m.                    5L pot          £20.00


Chamaecyparis

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Minina Glauca'

An attractive compact, dwarf conifer with blue green foliage. Ideal for alpine troughs, pots, and alpine beds. Grow in sun and well-drained soil.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                    3L pot          £10.95


Juniperus

Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Carpet’ AGM

A robust, very effective, steely blue ground-cover conifer. The evergreen foliage turns bronzy grey in winter.

Height 30cm, spread 2 to 3 m over 10 years.                    3L pot          £9.95

Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'

A small dwarf conifer that eventually forms a mound of bright steely blue foliage all year round. Ideal for pots or small gardens.

H 50cm, S 50cm.                    3L pot         £9.95


Metasequoia

Metasequoia glyptostroboides AGM

A beautiful, fast-growing specimen tree from the forests of central China that was discovered as a ‘living fossil’ in 1941. The dawn redwood is deciduous, conical in shape, with soft, fresh-green leaves, turning orange-brown in autumn and fibrous, auburn bark. Humus-rich, free-draining soil in full sun is ideal but will tolerate water logging once established. Not for small gardens! H 15m.                   4L pot          £15.00


Picea

Picea abies

“Norway Spruce” A large pyramidal evergreen conifer that is native to the mountains of northern and central Europe east to the Urals. It is noted for its rapid growth. Primary branches are slightly upturned but secondary branches become pendulous as the tree matures. Branches are clad with spirally-arranged, four-sided, needle-like, deep green leaves which are attached at their bases to tiny pegs. Cylindrical seed-bearing cones (to 9" long) are pendulous. Commonly used as the Christmas tree.  H 100m.                    3L pot          £10.95

Picea glauca 'Alberta Globe'

Superb very slow growing, small conifer, ideal for alpine gardens or containers. With its dome shape and apple-green new growth pruning is not required. H 40cm, S 30cm.                    3L pot          £10.95

Picea glauca 'Conica'

A very slow growing Alberta spruce with bright green foliage which grows in a perfect conical shape. Perfect structure in the garden as a specimen or in a border. H 2m, S 1m.                   3L pot          £15.95


Podocarpus

Podocarpus 'Blaze'

A low, compact, spreading conifer which has dark green foliage in summer, which turns bronze-purple, and has orange new growth in spring. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions but grows best in fertile, moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in full sun, with shelter from cold dry winds.

H 50cm, S 1.2m.                    3L pot          £10.95                            

         

Taxus

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'

This is a handsome slow growing conifer which forms a naturally neat columnar shape without any need for trimming. It’s compact upright growth forms a dense column of green eaves edged with bright gold. It is ideal as a specimen plant to add height or structure to a mixed bed or in containers while small.

H 3m, S 60cm.                          1L pot          £6.50


Thuja

Thuja plicata 'Goldy'

A bright gold conical conifer, great as a specimen in mixed borders or ideal for small garden hedges with only 15cm growth a year. Grow in sun and well-drained soil. H 5 m, S 1m.                    3L pot          £9.95

Thuya occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'

A very slow growing dwarf conifer eventually forming a globe with soft, feathery evergreen foliage. This is emerald green and tightly packed and can be trimmed lightly to give a more formal appearance. An excellent structural plant for the small garden that will never outgrow its space. Plant in full sun or partial shade at the front of beds and borders. Good for raised beds, rock and gravel gardens, also pots and containers.

H 100cm, S 100cm.                    3L pot          £9.95




Bamboo

Sasa

Sasa veitchii

Low-growing bamboo with shiny green leaves that develop a striking cream margin. Keep restricted in any well-drained, fertile soil in part or full shade. It is a spreader, what I call an enthusiastic plant, ideal for large areas you want to cover. Good architectural interest. H 1m, S 2m.                    3L pot          £5.00




Climber and Wall Plants

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Gisha Girl'

A compact deciduous shrub with semi-double salmon-pink flowers borne on leafless branches in early spring, sometimes followed by fragrant yellow fruits. Plant in sun or semi shade in most soils. H 1 – 1.5m, S 1 – 1.5m.                    2L pot          £10.95

Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’

The seldom-seen white-flowering quince is an old, vigorous cultivar dating from the late 1800s and has beautiful, pure flowers that are very effective on a north wall. These are followed by the usual golden-yellow fruits in sun or shade. H 3m, S 3m.                     5L pot         £12.00

Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ AGM

A low-growing plant with bright candy-pink flowers that are an arresting, almost unexpected colour to see on the plant in spring in sun or light shade.

H 1.5m, S 2m.                   7.5L pot           £12.00


Clematis

Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’

A lovely Clematis with single, velvety crimson flowers to 15cm across with creamy-white filaments and red-brown anthers, opening from early-mid-summer to early autumn. Perfect for growing through contrasting climbing roses. Sun or partial shade. H 2.5m.                    3L pot          £11.95

Clematis tangutica

Cheerful, yellow, lantern-shaped flowers with fleshy lemon peel-like petals appear from July to October followed by highly decorative, fluffy seed heads. This vigorous, late-flowering clematis looks lovely cascading over a sunny wall, pergola or arch. Where space is limited prune hard in February - left unpruned it can become a very large plant. In early spring cut back the previous year's stems to a pair of strong buds about 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground-level.

H 4.5m, S 3m.                   2L pot          £9.95


Hedera

Hedera helix ‘Buttercup’

Neat, slow growing Ivy with bright golden yellow foliage that excels in full sun, light green in shade and so is invaluable as a well behaved self-clinging climber that works well with a range of more sombre evergreen shrubs and a range of grasses and perennials. H 2.5m.                    9cm pot          £4.00

Hedera helix 'Minima'

Although it makes an eye-catching ground cover plant, this ivy will also climb. It is a tough wee plant which enjoys shady areas and is suitable for gardens with limited space or in containers and alpine troughs. H 15cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00

Hedera hibirnica 'Rona'

How exciting to have a plant with the same name as me, and the same more unusual spelling of Rona too! A medium sized, wide classic lobed ivy leaf, the young growth is marbled cream and green, taking on purple tinges in winter. Excellent as an evergreen climber or as ground cover. I grew this very successfully as ground cover on the edge of a patio on top of a drystone dyke in very poor soil in my last garden.

H 4m.                    9cm pot          £7.50


Humulus

Humulus lupulus

Vigorous twining climber with pale green hops from late summer into autumn. Plants grow vigerously in one season before dying away completely in winter only to reappear the following spring. Requires sun or light shade and shelter. Invaluable for scrambling up through mature shrubs and over fences.

H 6m.                    1L pot          £5.50

Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ AGM

Vigorous twining climber that can attain great height in a single season before dying away completely in winter only to reappear the following spring. This variety has bright golden leaves right through summer, very striking. Requires sun or light shade and shelter. Invaluable for scrambling up through mature shrubs and over fences. H 6m.                    3L pot          £10.95


Lonicera

Lonicera henryi

This is a reliable evergreen climber with dark green leaves and clusters of tubular orange-red flowers in summer, followed by black berries. The flowers are unscented, but still loved by bees, and birds will appreciate the berries in autumn and winter. H 6m, S 1.5m.                    3L pot          £10.95

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’

Early honeysuckle, flowering in May and June and repeating later with pale-pink, cream and golden-yellow, sweetly-scented flowers. Allow to twine around an old tree or over an archway. Best in partial shade and moist, humus-rich soil. Can be cut back hard to promote new growth.

H 5m.                     3L pot          £10.95

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Graham Thomas’ AGM

A large twining, deciduous climber with oval, dark green leaves and terminal clusters of fragrant, white and golden-yellow flowers over a long period, followed by translucent red berries. Will grow in partial shade and moist soil. Allow to scramble through an old tree or over a shady fence.

H. 8m.                     3L pot          £10.95

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ AGM

This usefully late honeysuckle produces highly fragrant flowers from July to October.  The tubular flowers are an intense red outside and pale-yellow inside. This vigorous, twining climber, to 7m, will produce red berries in a good summer.                    3L pot           £10.95


Tropaeolum

Tropaeolum speciosum

'Scottish Flame Flower'. A perennial climber with attractive dark green leaves and long-spurred bright red flowers from June to October. Plant near an evergreen hedge or conifer where you can enjoy the scarlet flowers against the green of the conifer. H 3m.                    2L pot          £9.95