When it comes to picking the perfect Christmas tree, we are here to help you. So we’ve put together this guide to make sure you get the tree that is just right for your home and it stays looking good right through the festive season:
- Buy your tree from us early December, as this will give you the best choice of sizes and shapes
- Keeping the tree in a sheltered spot in the garden or in a shed, with the end standing in water
- No more than 10 days before Christmas Day, cut the bottom 3cm off the end of the trunk and bring into the house
- Always stand your tree in a water holding stand and keep it topped up regularly
- Try to stand it away from fires & radiators as the heat will dry out the tree and encourage needles to drop
But which tree to go for? We have two different types available here at Blenheim Nursery …
These trees are professionally grown with much attention to detail to choose the right soil and site to grow on. Our growers ensure careful use of fertilizers, pesticide and weed control. Each tree is pruned annually to give the best shape possible. The trees are then graded resulting in a very good, premium price tree with excellent needle retention.
These are the traditional type of Christmas tree. They are faster and easier to grow than the Nordman, with a competitive price to match. Needle retention is for a shorter time than the Nordman but will give good service if kept watered and away from direct heat. Some people prefer the aroma of the Norway Spruce.
Inject some winter colour into your garden…
Look to winter bedding plants for an instant-colour hit – winter pansies and violas, heathers and cyclamen are perfect for a patio pot or the front of a border and will flower for several months. Also consider winter-flowering shrubs for a border feature that will come back year on year – virburnum, skimmias and mahonia are all reliable choices. See what’s looking good at the nursery now, so you can have interest in your garden right through to spring!
Pansies & violas
Pansies and violas are available in a huge range of deep, vibrant colours. Our huge range of winter-flowering pansies & violas will keep blooming until late spring, with only short breaks during very cold spells. The best varieties are the most expensive. You can plant them just about anywhere; in the garden border, pots, hanging baskets or window boxes.
Flowering winter heathers
These can cope with cold and wet and have a long flowering season, from November to March. Flowers in every shade of white, pink, mauve, lavender and red, while varieties with orange or golden foliage are also sometimes available. They must not be allowed to dry out their first year, but after that are drought tolerant.
Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium add beautiful flowers and foliage to the garden in the dead of winter. These plants are easy to grow, help extend the season of interest in your garden and will also act as ground cover as they naturalise and spread. They are particularly useful for brightening up dry shady areas beneath trees, where other plants struggle to grow and make excellent woodland bulbs. Silvery leaves follow the pink and white blooms, remaining unscathed through winter weather.
Native to Britain and popular since Victorian times, the wonderful little primrose comes in a whole host of colours. With modern varieties you can get primroses in flower from February to late July and they are easy to grow. They are really suitable for use in garden beds and borders as well as in containers or for naturalising areas of the lawn.
Laurustinus (Viburnum Tinus)
Capable of growing in deep shade against fences, this evergreen forms a mound of leaf topped by clusters of beautiful white fragrant flowers from midwinter onwards. Extremely hardy to cold winters, it is a valuable mainstay for mixed borders, keeping them lively in winter.
Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
In the depths of winter, this hardy, deciduous shrub bursts into life producing masses of richly scented dark pink blooms on bare, woody stems. The flowers fade slowly to white before transforming to small, rounded, purple berries in summer. In autumn, yet another transformation takes place and the green foliage changes to orange and yellow, in one final display before the winter returns. Truly a plant for all seasons!
Cornus Winterfire (Dogwood)
Soft green leaves in summer turning orange/yellow in winter, when stems go yellow at base, turning fiery orange and red towards the tips. To get the best colour, prune stems hard back every year in the spring.
Sarcococca (Christmas or Sweet Box)
Very fragrant creamy white flowers borne on evergreen stems. Ideal for planting in a pot so that they can be put by a doorway to really get the best of the scent through the winter.
Christmas rose (Hellebore)
The Christmas Rose is one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow. Blooming in the longest and darkest months of the year when little else is available, a Christmas Rose will produce large white flowers from late Autumn up until early spring. These little gems are perfect for cottage gardens, alpine gardens and rockeries and woodland gardens.
Skimmia ‘Rubella, is a compact, bushy evergreen shrub with dark green, elliptic leaves to 10cm long. Panicles of red buds, showy in late winter, open to fragrant white flowers in early spring. An ideal evergreen to provide a dark green backdrop for more showy summer plants before it comes into its own in winter. Remember, though, that skimmias need acid (lime-free) soil, so use a good ericaceous compost when planting.
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