Gardens gain their focus in lots of ways, some from colour, some from mature planting, some from their formal planting. One style that could really set your garden apart is the feature of Bonsais, topiary and the style of pruning bonsai called niwaki.
The Japanese perfected a style of pruning bonsai called niwaki and have mastered this over thousands of years and it is a strong part of their culture. Using niwaki on native tree species, selecting them specially for their natural twists and character and tending them for many, many years until they create unique plants that are really things of architectural beauty. While the best Japanese Bonsai niwaki trees are certainly captivating and albeit expensive, there are just as many quality and affordable options for your garden.
If you want that Bonsaied look, there are several species of plant which lend themselves perfectly to becoming cloud trees these include Buxus, Ilex, Juniperus, Pinus and Taxus, all of these being perfectly adaptable to our UK climate as well as being relatively slow growing and so keep the shapes they have been pruned in to well. We have so many to pick from here at the Nursery and always have stock available for immediate delivery.
Cloud pruning a form of Niwaki describes a style of pruning trees to make them resemble clouds. This can be achieved using singular trees or by pruning hedges / plants grouped together. The cloud trees we stock are usually evergreen with a couple of exceptions, and therefore provide a distinct focal point in your garden all year round. And the good news is that you won’t need to attend a course, or practice for years to keep them maintained! They are versatile plants and require very little maintenance, just trimming once a year. To maintain the quality of our plants we hand select every piece especially for its shape and form and ensure that each specimen is carefully pruned prior to its display on our nursery. We currently have a wide selection of Cloud Pruned trees available in Pines, Olives, Carpinus, Juniper as well as Yew and coniferous plants. We have been importing cloud pruned trees for over fifteen years into Ireland and we have several specialist growers in three European countries who are experts in their field and so we have benefited from not only the best specimens but also the best knowledge of these plants and how to best look after them.
We always have a great selection of bonsai and cloud pruned trees in stock and we do understand that it is harder to order online without viewing these specimens so we will do everything we can to help you choose by offering advice and sending you images and videos of each plant. We are a fully online nursery and as such we have a despatch team and production team managing and caring for the plants but no sales team to show you the plants and spend time with you and also our insurance doesn’t allow members of the public on the premises and we do also understand that this can frustrate you too but this won’t be changing int he short term. Our team of horticulture experts are available to answer your calls and emails to assist you in every way they can.
We have many options available for you on the nursery to have your own Bonsai, including a wide range also if seeking a Bonsai on a budget. Many believe that Bonsai’s are expensive and sure we have very large, mature specimens available, but we have selection of smaller (but still will make a big impression) available.
As well as these we have a range of Topiary Trees that are great for adding both formality and a modern look especially when planted repetitively, we have spirals and multi balls and a mixture of balls and shapes too, again they need very little maintenance other than an annual trim and an occasional feed to keep them in tip-top condition. We are always happy to give advice on pruning and maintenance and will be adding more details here all the time.