clusters of trees

Martha Davey asked 14 years ago

Hi Gerry, we are just starting to design a fairly large garden. We live in a fairly windy area and sometimes get a slight frost. There are a few areas I would like to grow clusters of possibly 3 trees together. I particularly like evergreen trees, some with a bit of colour, I would be most grateful if you could give me a few suggestions as to what trees would look good together. Thank you,

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
 If the garden is large, say 1,000 square metres or more, you should think in terms of planting areas of trees, woodland style. It is possible to have small pockets of woodland planting in corners and near boundaries, leaving openings for views.

Groups of three trees are effective but really are the equivalent of a single specimen. It is best to use just the one species in a group. Evergreens are fine, especially broad-leaved evergreens but be careful about using coloured kinds. A general rule is to have no more than one evergreen to three deciduous kinds, and one coloured foliage kind to ten green ones.

Rather than make specific recommendations, which need to fit with your requirements mainly, these guidelines will give you some ideas and you can get more details from the listing in our Plant finder.