Winter Cherry Blossom
Now I’ve reclaimed a corner of my garden from wilderness, it’s time to think about what it’s going to look like in the future.
Choosing plants is one of my favourite activities, as it’s the most creative and transformative of everything I seem to do in the garden.
Like most people, I don’t buy trees that often, so I’m no expert, but trees particularly, create a setting, a scale and context for the garden more than any other plant. A small sapling is full of new hope and promise, whereas a mature tree can frame the entire garden below.
So I’ve been digging around, as it were, to find something that might fit the bill. After reading reviews of literally tons of potential varieties, I’ve got it down to a short-list of five, which I’ve made into a Woolly Green list of the best flowering trees.
Actually I haven’t had to deliberate much over my final choice, because for me there’s one clear winner, an autumn blossom cherry tree Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’. More than anything I’d like something that cheers me up in the winter and it hadn’t occurred to me that there was a cherry tree that flowered in the winter months. This one has lovely autumn leaves, blossoms reliably between November and March, then produces bitter little fruits that the birds absolutely love.