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Dwarf tree year round interest?

NibblerNibbler Posts: 1

Hi there,

My partner and I are moving into a new home with a small north-facing garden to the front - just a hankerchief of lawn off the pavement with paving slabs down the side for access to front door. We have a south facing back garden for a 'proper' garden, but I think it would be nice to have a little tree out front so I have something to look at when washing up! Year round interest would be nice, and I don't want anything to high maintenance as I'm not very experienced, and it must be dwarf so as not to irk the neighbours or obscure the light. I was thinking about a crab apple. We have chalky soil there I think.

Any suggestions gratefully received!


P.S. I will probably try to grow some pretty scented and or berried plants under the kitchen window like jasmine / honeysuckle etc, and have some pots for spring bulbs or lavender


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,076

    What about - beautiful pale pink blossom on bare branches whenever there's a few days milder weather in the winter and early spring.  

    It doesn't do much in the summer, but as the article suggests, as the foliage is light you could grow a small clematis up it for summer colour, then the leaves colour beautifully with soft yellows and rosy pinks during the autumn.

    I know it says it can grow big, but I know one growing in really good conditions which is over 20 years old and isn't any more than 8ft tall.  

    It's such a pretty and elegant little tree, and how wonderful to see blossom in midwinter when you're doing the washing up image

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  • would it be possible to put it in a large container, like a whisky barrel and almost Bonsai it?

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