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Trees and shrubs stand up well for viewing from a distance through seasons and year after year. Many reward you with flower, foliage, hips and bark interest…here are a few to think about.

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Wedding Cake Tree (Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’)- tiered growth, flat heads of white summer flowers and vivid autumn leaves.


Acer_rubrum_'Scanlon' - autumn leaves

Acer_rubrum_’Scanlon’ – autumn leaves

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Scanlon’) – slow growing tree with dense, conical crown and glowing autumn colour.


Prunus serrula - bark

Prunus serrula – bark

Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrula) – peeling trunk and branches show gleaming red-brown new bark, which is particularly good in winter.


Rosa moyesii- flowers

Rosa moyesii- flowers

Shrub Rose (Rosa moyesii) – tall shrub with red single flowers all summer and shiny scarlet flask-shaped hips to follow.


Fuchsia magellanica- flower

Fuchsia magellanica- flower

Fuchsia magellanica – bushy shrub with a profuse show of dangling crimson and purple flowers from midsummer to October.


Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) – feathery plumes of pink flowers in July and deep purple leaves lightening to red in autumn.


Cercis siliquastrum - flowers

Cercis siliquastrum – flowers

Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) – pink spring flowers followed by heart-shaped leaves flushed red at first, then yellow in autumn. I also have Cercis s. ‘Forest Pansy’ here in Old School Garden– the leaves turn lovely shades of crimson and magenta in the autumn.

Source: ‘Good Ideas for your Garden’- Reader’s Digest (1995)

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Rosa rugosa 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup'- shrub rose growing at Old School Garden

Rosa rugosa ‘Frau Dagmar Hastrup’- a shrub rose growing at Old School Garden

What an appropriate question for St. Valentine’s Day, from Minah Petaly of Lincoln:

‘I’ve heard that old roses and shrub roses only flower once a year and that shrub roses would be too big for a small garden like mine. And what would you suggest I grow to get large, decorative hips (no sniggering please)?’

Ha, ha, Minah! It’s true that all the old garden roses will flower once a year but there are some notable exceptions: most Bourbons, the hybrid perpetuals and China roses. This is also true of the wild (species) roses, however, a high proportion of modern shrub roses raised during the last 100 years are recurrent flowerers.

As to size, it’s by no means true that all shrub roses are too large for small gardens. Some of the modern ones developed in the past century will reach only 1.2m (4′) high or less. And the varieties ‘Yesterday’, ‘Frank Naylor’, and ‘Saga’ could also be added to these.



Of the older roses, most of the Gallicas and China roses grow within this limit too, as do a few examples from other groups. Particularly suitable for smaller gardens are the alba roses like ‘Felicite Parmentier’ and ‘Konigin von Danemarck’ while the species or wild rose ‘Canary Bird’ (pause for a chant of ‘Come on you Yellows’- the canaries is the nickname of Norwich City F.C.), can be kept to a moderate height if grown as a standard.

Looking at hips (!), for their sheer size and redness, pick members of the rugosa family that have single flowers, such as ‘Frau Dagmar Hartopp’, R. rugosa alba, and ‘Scabrosa’. Another good one, growing here in Old School Garden is ‘Frau Dagmar Hastrup’. As they are recurrent flowerers, the hips from the first flush of flowers appear with later blooms.

A hip on Rosa rugosa

A hip on Rosa rugosa

Many of the wild (species) roses have hips in varying colours from red through to orange and yellow, and some even black. R. roxburghii has prickly hips resembling the fruit of the Horse Chestnut (conkers), while those of R.pomifera resemble large red gooseberries. Perhaps the most spectacular hips are those of R. moyesii and its various hybrids; they are bottle-shaped, bright red and each may be up to 50mm long. To continue with the footballing (soccer) theme, this is perhaps one for Manchester United supporters – both on grounds of colour and name!

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