Plant of the Week: Conifers

Plant of the Week: Conifers

There are few groups of trees more versatile, colourful and well-behaved than conifers. They have an ancient history, need little maintenance and you're sure to find one that's a perfect fit for your garden. Yet one variety has tarnished the name of all the rest by outgrowing its welcome and generally making a nuisance of itself. We're talking the much-hated hedging plant, Leylandii cypress, scourge of neighbourhood relations everywhere.

Take no notice: conifers are the canny gardener's best-kept secret. Get to know the likes of brilliant blue Korean fir (Abies koreana), lush and hummocky Pinus mugo or steely blue juniper 'Blue Star' and you're sure to change your mind.

Store your apples

Store your apple harvest for winter in crates or racks and they'll last in perfect condition for several months. Choose only unblemished fruits to store, and wrap each one in newspaper so they aren't touching each other. Check regularly through the winter and remove any showing signs of rot.

Garden Buildings Surrey

Ripley Nurseries has an extensive range of garden buildings ready to view! any style any size built to order. Visit our garden centre near Guildford & Woking to look at our range of garden sheds & summer houses. After visiting our display garden buildings be sure to visit our Farm Shop for your local fruits & veg. Serving the local community since 1895 Wisley, Send, Horsley, Clandon, Cobham, Byfleet, Esher, Woking, Weybridge & surrounding areas.

Small garden trees

No garden should be without a tree: they add height, structure and a feeling of permanence and timelessness. But if you have a small garden in Ripley, it's hard to imagine shoehorning in a tree as well.

Well: that depends on what kind of tree it is. Of course if you plant large trees in…

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