Abies Koreana , this Korean Fir Makes a wonderful specimen tree. The dark green leaves are distinctly silver on the underside, however the striking feature of this evergreen is the large blue cones.
Generally described as slow growing, the one planted in our garden was about four feet tall when purchased from the garden centre. After a period of six years it was very near ten feet in height.
I first spotted this evergreen tree on a visit to Cruickshank Botanic Gardens in Old Aberdeen. A truly magnificent mature specimen.
If I were asked to choose which was my favourite evergreen conifer, I would place Koreana a very close second to (Cedrus Deodara Aurea).
Height – 30ft
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Full sun/partial shade
The Abies Koreana which I photographed today is actually one which I planted in my neighbours garden about twelve years ago. The one in our own garden was placed in the totally wrong position and eventually had to be removed.
No garden is complete without trees, don’t be put off by thinking your town garden is too small.The addition of one or two carefully selected specimens can enhance even the smallest plot.
Careful consideration where you place your specimen is essential, something in my case which eventually sunk in! You do not want to be shaded out completely, however a little dappled shade can indeed be quite pleasant.
A west facing border can be a very good choice as the shade from this planting position will not affect your garden. Mind you, take into account that this could cause unwelcome shade in your neighbours garden.
Check out your local nursery for ornamental trees which grow to fifteen feet or less. Rowans are well worth considering as are the Japanese Acers, and quite a number of the cherry trees would also be suitable.
Cedrus Deodara Aurea
Although I now like to take care when planting conifers in the garden because of the shade which they may create, one which is absolutely outstanding is Cedrus Deodara Aurea. The specimen above was planted in our round garden two years ago, it will take a little time before it reaches the stage where you say wow!
This tree has a graceful weeping habit, longer more elegant branches than those on most conifers. The golden yellow needles in Spring and early Summer are fabulous. Perhaps Deodara is a little on the large size for the smaller garden, however it is slow growing and placed carefully in the medium sized garden it will most definitely look outstanding.
The first time I saw this one in all its glory was a number of years ago when we were viewing a house in Aberdeen which we were keen to move in to. The house turned out to be a little disappointing, but the Cedrus Deodara Aurea in the back garden was the most beautiful conifer I have ever seen.
Some other conifers in our garden
The Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) which borders our garden on a spare patch of land which belongs to Aberdeen Council are just magnificent. We generally like to think these trees are native only to Scotland, but in actual fact are found throughout Europe and Asia. This handsome conifer will grow to a height of 20/30mtrs and on average will live to 200/300 years. One specimen in Sweden is actually 700 years old. As I say, these ones are not actually in our garden but I have just decided anything seen from our kitchen window belongs to me.
Taxus Baccata Fastiagata (Irish Yew) is another splendid conifer in our front garden. Fastiagata differs from the more common form (Baccata) and is in fact more upright and narrow.
Seems that, in the 1700s two seedlings were found growing in county Fermanagh, and from this source millions of these trees are now seen all over the world. The Irish Yew bears bright red fruits which the blackbirds just love to feast on.
This Pine tree is in a neighbours garden, its about forty feet tall and is very much visible from our back garden. As for the name, not at all sure. It is a handsome tree that unfortunately causes quite a great deal of shade in the garden of a morning.
So long since we had Asiatic Lilies in our garden. Planted in the garden in Late February, here they are starting to flower on the 2nd of July. These unnamed ones came free from J Parkers with an order for Tree Lilies (Orienpets)
I was reading a post yesterday by Donna from Garden walk garden talk She made a lot of very interesting points about showing our pictures in context with their surroundings. For instance macro shots of plants with perhaps no reference to where they are placed in the garden. Take a look at what she has to say. I am not saying I will do this on every occasion that I take a close up, but there will now be times when I will be more inclined to consider this.
The main border in our back garden 2nd July where these Asiatics are planted.
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