Telephone 0161 440 8060
Wholesale plant nursery serving the industry for over 40 years

See our Latest Stock

Download our stock list for our comprehensive range


Find the
Perfect Plant

Browse our comprehensive plant library
for inspiration


Carpinus Betulus Fastigiata: the perfect tree for screening the view

What do you do when neighbours cut down trees and leave your garden exposed and overlooked? That was the problem posed to Ladybrook Nursery recently. We were contacted by a home owner in Ramsbottom who was facing this dilemma. Her neighbour had cut down a number of large Hollies and Lime trees to let light into their garden. The unfortunate consequence of this action was that our home owner’s own garden and property were then left badly exposed and overlooked.

Ladybrook Nursery received an email asking for help and was asked to suggest a way to solve the problem. Ladybrook Nursery’s Managing Partner, Paul Anderson, went to visit the client. After looking at the aspect of the garden plot and taking careful measurements, he decided he could do something to fix the problem. He suggested planting 7, 4 metre-high (14-16 cm) Carpinus Betulus Fastigiata trees.


The upright hornbeam tree with its dense foliage makes a wonderful specimen tree but is equally impressive when used in a group for screening or for avenue purposes. Although the tree is not an evergreen, we knew the branch structure would be enough to draw the eye away from the house that had been exposed. The tree itself is upright in form and extremely tough, making it ideal for exposed positions. It also boasts ovate, glossy, deeply ribbed foliage, which turns from mid-green to bright yellow and orange in the autumn, and long green, spring catkins which are followed by winged fruit. So we knew the tree would not only offer the privacy the home owner required, but would also offer interest throughout the growing season.

The client has subsequently made a feature of the planting bed, using a geo-textile matting and covering the bed with golden aggregate. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get inspired,
read our blog ...

Walled Garden Series: The Kitchen Garden

In our second instalment of the Walled Garden Series, we will be discussing the idea of implementing kitchen gardens into your client’s home. Aside from keeping the food bills down, there’s nothing more satisfying and healthier than having fresh ingredients in the kitchen, especially when they’re from your own garden. Kitchen gardens are getting ever…

Walled Garden Series: Places to take Inspiration from in the UK

Last month saw the release of Jules Hudson’s best seller, “Walled Gardens”, a wonderful book giving us insight into the world of walled gardens throughout England and Wales and explores their history, innovative design and cultural heritage. The love of walled gardens seems to be on the rise this year, so this month sees the…

Why Professional Landscaping Services Are Often Cheaper

It’s natural to assume that the cheapest way to have your garden landscaped would be to tackle it yourself. Take a trip to a trade plant nursery, arm yourself with everything you need and get started on the project. In reality however, it often turns out to be quite the opposite. You can be as…

The Best Vegetables for Smaller Gardens

Dealing with a smaller vegetable garden shares many similarities with living in a smaller house. It can work, but it’s not always as easy as you expect. Ask any expert garden designers and they’ll tell you that space need not stand in your way of growing your own. Then again, they’ll also tell you that…