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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,010
    In a milder climate I'd love to grow unusual coniferous trees ; i.e. Agathis , Dacrydium and Fitzroya etc . If much younger I'd plant a garden devoted to conifers . Superb trees .
    For a stunning deciduous tree I'd wish for a mature Davidia involucrata .
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,985

    That's a silver birch or betula. The very white ones are Betula Jaquemontii.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 7,947
    Wonder why you didn't buy that cottage, @Pete.8... it sounds idyllic!

    Lots of us would like room for really massive trees.  I love old gnarly sweet chestnuts, and ancient beeches which are hollow in the middle.  And anything with branches low to the ground so I can climb up it and hide, like I did with the hornbeam tree in my parents' garden when I was a child.  Same idea as @pansyface's maze, really.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,250
    I think it is a paper bark birch.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border

  • That's a silver birch or betula. The very white ones are Betula Jaquemontii.
    Thank you @Busy-Lizzie
  • punkdoc said:
    I think it is a paper bark birch.
    Thank you @punkdoc
    I'll research this 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 3,572
    I would love to grow eremurus and white delphiniums just like the ones in @Simone_in_Wiltshire photos on recent thread. Eremurus need plenty of space and my soil is completely unsuitable. On the positive I do live near a wood so plenty of beautiful trees.

    A garden is an oasis for creation, available to anyone with a little space and the compunction to get their hands dirty.

    Dan Pearson
  • bédébédé Posts: 1,770
    edited 18 January
    I would largely stick with what I've got.  But where I have one I would have groups of 3.  More space, groups of 5.

    What I really lack is not space, but space in full sun.  I would have a heather garden.  Little leaf colour variety, but gentle flower colour palette.  To look as British Isle moorlike as possible.

      location: Surrey Hills, England, cretaceous acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • In case you had a look at the GW calendar for 2023, look at July. This would be my dream. 

    I my garden.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,056
    Putting aside all the lovely trees and shrubs that would be too large, there are perennials I love that would simply be too big to look 'right' in my garden - tall imposing Rudbeckia maxima, Eryngium pandanifolium, the really tall varieties of Eupatorium (I do grow 'Baby Joe'), Persicaria alpina. I also wouldn't mind one of those tree-dahlias.

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