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Small Tree/Large Shrub for Urban Community Garden.

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IamEarthymama Tue 16-Apr-19 23:41:44

Does anyone have any ideas for a Small Tree/Large Shrub to be planted in large containers at the front of a south-facing building?
-year round interest
-airy as they will be either side of a bay window so don't want to block too much light
-easy to maintain, happy to prune to keep in shape
-native or naturalised as we are creating wildflower/pollinator friendly spaces
-not too expensive

I like ilex/Holly trained as standard lollipop shape.

Does anyone think hawthorn/blackthorn/guelder Rose might work as we have access to some of those?
Or a flame coloured dogwood?

IamEarthymama Tue 16-Apr-19 23:45:38


IamEarthymama Wed 17-Apr-19 00:00:48

Hawthorn, could I keep it small in a container?

IamEarthymama Wed 17-Apr-19 00:06:36

With this and hawthorn, beautiful blossom and useful fruit.
Spiky so not so easy to cart away too 😉😊

Could I make a teeny, tiny hedge underplanted with wildflowers?

IamEarthymama Wed 17-Apr-19 00:07:44

Guelder Rose, lovely scent.

brizzlemint Wed 17-Apr-19 00:12:10

Bees love Guelder rose too so it's a win-win

Beebumble2 Wed 17-Apr-19 07:28:05

Amelanchier, will give you interest all year round.

IamEarthymama Wed 17-Apr-19 15:23:02

Thank you both for replying 😊🌿

Does anyone think I can create a miniature hedgerow in an inner city location?

Beebumble2 Wed 17-Apr-19 15:31:44

I dint see why not. By miniature do you mean in length or with small plants?
Monty Don has often mentioned small slow growing shrubs to edge areas of his gardens.

IamEarthymama Thu 18-Apr-19 00:58:17


I mean in a couple of containers! 😊
Our theme is wild and native plants so it would be perfect!

wigglybeezer Thu 18-Apr-19 07:50:15

Amelanchier, beautiful blossom, spring and autumn foliage colour, berries, smallish, graceful shape. Different varieties have slightly different growing habits.

Beebumble2 Thu 18-Apr-19 09:06:13

Yes go for a mini hedge. I grow all sorts in containers, small trees, bamboo, palms, Hydrangeas. If they get too big and you’ve no space pass them onto someone with more room.

IamEarthymama Mon 20-May-19 10:22:45

I thought I would update you
We have about 15 shrubs growing in small containers at the moment.
Guelder rose, hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose.
They will form our hedge when we transplant them into larger containers.

We still haven't decided about the trees for the front.
Salix Kilmarnock and Acer palmatum are current favourites

I need to decide overnight!

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