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Instant Landscape Specialists | Semi-mature trees | Instant hedges | Installation & delivery | Tree moving | Land clearance
Instant Landscape Specialists | Semi-mature trees | Instant hedges | Installation & delivery | Tree moving | Land clearance

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Award-winning Gardens at RHS Hampton Court 2018

Practicality Brown's Practical Instant Hedge helped three Lifestyle Gardens to medals at this year's largest Flower Show.

Read the blog to find out more.
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Gold at the Garden Flower Shows!

Congratulations to everyone at the June Flower Shows, particularly:

• The Brewin Dolphin Installation designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes won People’s Choice at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
• Inspiration in the Raw designed by Peter Cowell awarded Gold Medal at BBC Gardeners’ World Live
Practicality Brown proudly supplied instant hedge to both these gardens.

July sees us at RHS Hampton Court, were we are supporting three out of the four Lifestyle Gardens as well as a trade exhibit.

The Entertaining Garden designed by Anca Panait
The Family Garden designed by Lilly Gomm
The Health and Wellbeing Garden designed by Alexandra Noble
And Paul Richardson’s Garden Steel Sculptures

If you would like a garden inspired by Flower Shows please contact us on 01753 652022 to talk to our friendly Horticultural team.
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show
There were very many beautiful gardens at this RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the BBC coverage showcased many of the designs.

Monty Don, respected gardener and broadcaster chose his favourite trees from this year’s show; all of them spectacular specimens:

Morus nigra (Black Mulberry)
Centre to Paul Hervey-Brookes’s The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden is an aged mulberry tree, which designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has been nurturing for the last five years.

The Black Mulberry, is a pretty, deciduous tree that is native to South Western Asia. It has very bright green leaves that are heart shaped and have a serrated looking edge to them. The bark is gnarly, giving even younger trees an old and historic appearance. As a mature tree, the Black Mulberry has a spreading, rounded shape to it which is almost domed, giving it a wide appeal architecturally.

The fruits emerge throughout the summer time, ripening towards the end of this period to be deep purple in colour and loganberry like in appearance. This tree will tolerate most soil conditions, preferring a lighter well drained soil.
The Viking Cruises Wellness Garden is a space inspired by the spa and the idea of living well, both of which are intrinsic to the Nordic way of life. The garden is imagined to belong to a single person or couple, and is a place in which to relax, feel at home with nature, unwind and recharge from the stresses of life. It is rich with traditional Nordic herbal and culinary plants, many of which are resurgent in Norway and Sweden.

Punica granatum (Pomegranate)
Sarah Price used Punica granatum (Pomegranate) for the M&G Garden

The M&G Garden is a romanticised haven designed for a warm, sunny climate. It expands on a timeless idea that a wall, a tree and a seat can create an intimate and beautiful place of repose. Using Mediterranean flora and raw materials dug directly out of the earth (clay, aggregate and pigment), the space celebrates the expressive language of colour, texture, light and shadow. The stand-out plants in the garden are a pair of beautifully gnarled old pomegranate trees.

Betula nigra (Black birch)
Trees take centre stage of Chris Beardshaw’s Morgan STanley garden for NSPCC with a Betula nigra giving a genuine sense of maturity to the garden, allowing ground level planting to soften the rest of the space.

This tall tree forms a pyramidal shape, often having multiple trunks, with deeply ridged, dark brown bark. Younger trees have a uniquely flaky, orangey-red bark, which peels away from the tree without detaching. Foliage consists of soft, green rhombus-shaped leaves and yellow-green catkins are produced in April.

Designed to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC, this garden’s design is a metaphor for the emotional transition that takes place in a child as they experience the positive impact of the NSPCC’s work

Tilia x europaea
Tom Stuart-Smith used a huge Tilia europaea in the Garfield Weston Foundation garden.

Tilia europaea is an impressive, fast growing tree which has a broad crown at maturity. It has fragrant yellow flowers that hang in cymes, whilst it’s lush green leaves turn a vivid yellow just before they fall in autumn. This is a tough tree, thriving on most soils, and is frost hardy. It is good for urban areas and is wind resistant.

Celebrating 60 years of the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Weston Garden is a private, enclosed and romantic space that emphasises the simplest and most enduring characteristics of a private garden

Tags: Chelsea Flower Show, specimen trees
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Practicality Brown Limited has acquired the commercial business of Midland Tree Surgeons Ltd, which reinforces us position as a leader in the land clearance industry.
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Craning trees into rear garden

A refurbishment programme in Kensington, London also included improvements to the rear garden, which had no vehicular access.

Using a bespoke attachment and an expert crane hire company, Practicality Brown directed the operations, ensuring the trees were handled with care, over the rooftops.

The half dozen trees were then positioning and planted directly into the pre-prepared pit, in the rear garden.

The trees used for this complicated project were:

• Box head Tilia cordata or small-leaved limes
• Multi stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii or snowy mespilus
• Mature Acer palmatum Bloodgood or Japanese maple

The works, which were undertaken by in-house experts, included two days of onsite preparation, a full road closure, planting and project management.
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Top 10 Screening Trees

Trees are a great addition to almost any garden, creating structure and seasonal interest. Gardens provide a sanctuary and respite from the busy world and using trees to screen out or hide an undesirable view, creates some valuable privacy. Here we list our top 10 trees that are suitable for screening in gardens.

Position such trees well and they will make an ideal focal point, that they can be enjoyed now and for future generations.

Screening trees often have a clear stem to reach up to fence panel height of around 1.8-2m with a full-bushy canopy above. This type of screening is particularly useful if you are overlooked by neighbouring properties, would like to draw the eye towards a specific feature, or would like to retain lower level exposure i.e. of an attractive wall or area.

We can also supply feathered trees that have full growth from the ground upwards and offer the same screening ability.

Generally, evergreens are preferred for this purpose and can be planted densely to achieve maximum effect from the offset. However, planting a selection of trees, if space allows, can provide rich contrast and seasonal interest.

We can supply a range of quality trees for decorative or screening, which are particularly useful to create privacy in your garden.

Our top 10 screening trees
1. Ilex aquifolium (English Holly)
2. Magnolia grandiflora Gallisoniensis (Magnolia Bull bay)
3. Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)
4. Quercus ilex (Holm Oak)
5. Taxus baccata (English Yew)
6. Thuja occidentalis Brabant (White Cedar)
7. Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar)
8. Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)
9. Populus nigra Italica (Lombardy Poplar)
10. Quercus robur Fastigiata Koster (Cypress Oak)

For more details on each of these trees, see our news blog including Ideal Conditions and Maximum Height.
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10 Perfect trees for small gardens
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This year Practicality Brown’s Practical Instant Hedge™, a new hedging range, can be seen on the AVANT TECNO UK exhibition stand at the The LANDSCAPE Show in Battersea Park, London.
The show, Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 September 2017, is a leading landscape trade event dedicated to bringing the industry together.
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Garden Hedges
Hedges are aesthetically pleasing and add character to a property, whether they are an integral part of the design, or form a boundary fence. We have a number of mature hedge options across a range species, both evergreen and deciduous, including the popular Native Mix.

A good hedge has many benefits in addition to being a garden boundary:

• Native mix hedge in private garden
• Native mix hedge in private garden
• It provide a good shelter; reducing wind strength better than a solid fence
• It acts as a filter; absorbing dust and noise
• It offers privacy; as an effective visual screen
• It offers a level of security; a prickly hedge is a great deterrent
• It has natural beauty and interest with seasonal changes
• It provides background texture and colour to complement other plants
• Wildlife can benefit from its food and shelter for insects, birds and mammals
• It is long-lived; many hedges can last hundreds of years

Native Mix Instant Hedges
Native mix hedging contains plants that are all native to the UK and as such emulate traditional country hedgerows found throughout Britain. Our Native Mix would usually contain a combination of Hazel, Blackthorn, Hornbeam, Dogwood and Hawthorn, all of which are indigenous species.

Close up of Native Mix hedge leaves
Close up of leaves in Native mix hedge

Native Mix hedges creates a natural look and contain a variety of colours and textures which provide a rich living collage for excellent seasonal interest from the early spring blossoms to fruits and berries in the autumn. All kinds of wildlife will be attracted by the food and shelter opportunities.

Native hedging, by its very nature will thrive on most soil types and can be planted in all but the deepest of shade. It will tend to grow quite quickly at some 20 – 40 cm per year and will require pruning once a year, ideally in July; it can be left un-pruned, when it will prove even more wildlife friendly.

Tags: elveden instant hedge, garden design, instant hedge, instant landscaping, mature hedging
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