Plant of the Week: Corylus avellana var. contorta

Plant of the Week: Corylus avellana var. contorta

Winter beauty isn't just about flowers and colourful bark (important though they are): it's also about silhouettes against a frosty ground. And there's no more sculptural silhouette than a corkscrew hazel, its branches curling and contorting crazily in a wildly intricate dance. As January draws to a close, the catkins appear, dangling their long tassels like elegant exclamation marks among the twists and tangles.

Like all hazels, it's easy going and happy in any spot in the garden or in a roomy container. It grows slowly to about 3m and needs little care, beyond pruning out the occasional straight stem to keep that spectacularly twisted outline. 

Buy in seed potatoes

Buy in your seed potatoes for a bumper crop of spuds this summer. You'll find a fantastic range just coming onto the shelves in the garden centre: plant a selection of early, second-early and maincrop potatoes to make sure your harvest lasts as long as possible.

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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