It’s hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago it was still summery, but now autumn is definitely here and I’m already thinking about spring!
Japanese cherry trees are a wonderful sight in spring, even better when there’s a group of them and a popular one is Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogowa’, the Flagpole cherry. It’s a small narrow upright tree that will grow just about anywhere in well-drained soils, perfect for any small garden. In late spring it’s covered with masses of slightly fragrant semi-double flowers that remind me of talcum powder. It’s planted at the beginning of my garden next to the path and I keep it very narrow by rubbing off any new buds on the main trunk. It will display its lovely warm shades of oranges and reds very soon. Another great feature of this type of tree is that it doesn’t create shade and I have summer perennials growing around it.
Another stunning little flowering cherry is Prunus x subhirtella ‘Fukabana’, in early spring it’s smothered with semi-double rose pink flowers. This little tree was introduced by a Californian plant hunter and breeder called Captain Collingwood Ingram.
A pretty little cherry tree called Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’, is a seedling of another beautiful flowering cherry known as Prunus ‘Kursar’ which was also raised by Collingwood Ingram. Both trees are very similar in size and habit except the flowers on ‘Collingwood Ingram’ are a darker pink.
One of my favourite white flowering cherries is the Yoshino cherry, known as Prunus x yedoensis. This is a beautiful and graceful small to medium tree with arching branches that bears a profusion of almond scented single white flowers that are blushed pink. I wish I had noticed it before I planted my very first tree, but then I would have a totally different looking garden because I would have still planted the Purple Plum, Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ because I love that one too.
That’s the thing about gardening, there’s always something else to discover!