PLANT OF THE MONTH
Acer or Maple trees are a firm favourite because of their distinctive leaf shapes and vibrant foliage that change colour through the seasons on many varieties. Colours include purple, pink, red, orange, yellow and green. Originating from the Far East these beautiful trees are the focal of many Japanese gardens and come in all different sizes. Acers do well in both an acid or alkaline soil and would prefer to be planted away from full sun. If you have a small garden these trees are perfect for you too, as they are happy to go into a pot where they make a wonderful feature. Fun Fact: the bark of maple trees has astringent properties and is used to treat sore eyes.
Magnolias are more commonly found as spring flowering, deciduous trees. The plant forms a wonderful bud that opens up into an even more amazing flower before glossy foliage covers the trees. One of the most popular varieties the magnolia stellata can grow as high as 16ft and creates wonderful front garden displays. Magnolias prefer a slightly acidic soil (ericaceous) and would do best in a slightly sheltered position. Fun Fact: Magnolias are one of the oldest known plant species with fossils dating back 20 million years as the specie as far back as 95 million years.