It was among the days recently when I was simply heading over to the office when I looked into the front garden and saw a view that stopped me in my tracks.
Ian had actually been out the day before and cut the lawn, his new lawn mower is his pride and delight and the cool stripes in the lawn it develops do a lovely job. For the 2 days after each week he keeps keeping an eye out and stating, “It does a terrific task of that lawn, doesn’t it”.
And yes it does, and yes I do concur with him. On this particular day though I took a look at the cool, striped lawn and then box balls marking the corners, however what captured my eye was the change in the seasons, the yards that overflow onto the course, the Japanese Forest Grass was turning to a beautiful golden colour and the espaliered trees at the front,
Hornbeams were turning a charming bronze colour, only at one end but it was marking the start of the new season.
I love the Espaliered trees as they create a gorgeous screen, but I picked the deciduous choice of Hornbeams as they still alter with the season.
This leaves me a bit more open in the winter, but I can deal with that for the stunning Autumn colour and fresh new development in the spring.
I chose Espaliered trees for two reasons, the first being looks, I love the beautiful clean line they produce and the official however modern look, however likewise we have spaces at the front of the house that constantly felt a little ‘on view’.
In reality no-one could see in as the hedge was of an affordable height, but headlights going along the nation lane method the evenings had their lights on full beam and as I might see them, it seemed like they might see in.
Creating personal privacy with making use of a well put tree or a row of specimen espaliered frames is what we do best.
We have numerous alternatives to obstruct unattractive views or resolving personal privacy issues that we can provide, provide and plant too ought to you require us to.
Fully grown trees, espalier trees and evergreen trees are all perfect for screening naturally. Well placed specimen trees can disguise an unattractive view or block a window in a neighbours home and even a security light that seems to go on at the worst possible time.
Position such trees well and they will make an ideal focal point, that they can be delighted in now and for future generations, we can always help you with the best choices at the ideal size to provide you the personal privacy and screening that you need.
Screening trees often have a clear stem to rise to fence panel height of around 1.8-2m with a complete head above.
This kind of screening is particularly beneficial if you are overlooked by neighbouring homes, or would like to draw the eye towards a specific function, or maintain an appealing wall, or satisfy a hedge so as not to feel too confined.
We can likewise supply feathered trees that have full growth from the ground upwards and offer the exact same screening capability.
Typically, evergreens are chosen for this purpose and can be planted densely to accomplish optimal effect, however, planting a choice of trees, if space permits, can provide abundant contrast and seasonal interest.
Here is my leading Top 10 screening trees
1. Magnolia grandiflora (Evergreen Magnolia)
2. Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)
3. Quercus ilex (Evergreen Oak)
4. Taxus baccata (English Yew)
5. Thuja occidentalis (White Cedar)
6. Fagus sylvatica (Beech Green or Purple)
7. Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)
8. Ilex Aquafolium (Holly)
9. Quercus robur Fastigiata (Upright Oak)
10. Eleagnus ebbegei
All of these trees you can see in more information on my site caraghnurseries.ie and you will discover smaller sized choices in any great garden centre.
Next week we are back to all things design with some garden lighting.
We’ll also have more details on Nursery Park and how we are going to light that up with the nights attracting.
Till then, happy gardening, Jo.