10 April 2019 by Ryan Darlington
Spring has arrived and lots of fresh new stock has arrived in our Plant Area too. Come and choose from our superb range of beautiful plants. We have all of your garden favourites, big, small and in between: trees, shrubs, roses, herbaceous perennials, alpines, fruit trees and of course our ‘Grow Your Own’ and ‘Collector’s Corner’ sections.
Spring is a great time to be planting out potted fruit trees and we have plenty of choice here at The Mains of Drum. Each of our top-quality fruit tree varieties has been carefully selected by Paula and are suitable for local conditions. We have:
- Apples (bush*, fan-trained, cordon, and space-saving patio and columnar trees)
- Pears (bush*, patio)
- Cherries (bush*, fan-trained and patio)
- Plums (bush*)
- Quince, hazelnuts and filberts (trees)
- From May, peaches and nectarines suitable for patio pots. These need to be brought under cover for the winter.
*bush = small trees on various dwarfing to semi-vigorous rootstocks. Please ask a member of our plant team for further information.
- Flowering cherries (Prunus) are highly ornamental trees with many fine qualities. In spring, they look breathtakingly stunning when they are in full blossom. The young leaves are often coppery or bronze, before turning green. In autumn the leaves become vivid shades of orange, bronze and red.
- Maples (Acer) are grown for their graceful shape, beautiful foliage and bark, and stunning leaf colours, which change through the season.
- Birch (Betula) is an excellent and popular choice and there are many beautiful forms here at The Mains of Drum.
- Rowan (Sorbus) are neat trees with elegant branches and dainty leaves. Clusters of flowers in spring are followed by bright berries in autumn and the leaves have vibrant autumn colours.
- Crab apples (Malus) have lovely blossom followed by attractive fruits and autumn foliage. Many varieties have fruit that is great for making delicious crab apple jelly.
- If you want your garden to stand out from the rest, choose from our fabulous selection of characterful, trained and pruned specimen trees and topiaries.
- It is essential that you keep your newly planted trees well-watered during spring and summer particularly when the weather is dry.
- Once a year, in spring, apply a general-purpose granular fertiliser, such as Fish, Blood and Bone or Growmore, to the soil around the tree roughly to the furthest extent of the branches.
- Apply a mulch of well-rotted organic matter to the surface of moist soil. Keep the area around the tree free of weeds.
- Remember to get your Garden Club discount!