Enhancing your garden with braided willow

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Enhancing your garden with braided willow

Are you looking for a focal and stunning piece of natural art for your garden?  Why not visit your local British Garden Centres store and try our braided willow (Salix)? The use of woven willow in garden design has seen a significant rise in popularity in recent years as the plant is so versatile, creating natural fencing and screening to acting as intricate garden structures in borders and planters, the possibilities with willow are endless.

In this guide, we explore how the unique characteristics of willow can enhance your gardens in multiple ways.

Immediate impact

Our braided willow steals the spotlight effortlessly, thanks to its intricate and visually striking woven stems. As soon as it's planted into the garden borders or containers, it becomes an immediate focal point, drawing the gaze and making a striking and different display with its beautiful twisted decorative effect.  The trees will create the wow factor when planted as a centrepiece, in groups lining a pathway, to frame a front door or to form decorative hedging.

Screening and hedging

Beyond its aesthetic charm, our braided willow can also serve a practical purpose by providing effective screening and hedging. Want to hide an ugly part of your garden, or separate your outdoor spaces into zones, our willow trees are the answer. While offering privacy, its woven stem adds an extra layer of sophistication, transforming what were hidden neglected areas into artistic statements.

Braided Salix

Structural elegance

The braided stems of our willow trees bring a sense of structural elegance to any garden. These majestic trees stand out as focal points, contributing to year-round visual interest, even when they have lost their leaves. Braided willow is versatile, with different heights available, allowing for dynamic visual compositions within the garden. Whether towering over the patio or pruned into more compact forms in a container on a balcony, the height variability of braided willow adds depth and dimension to garden designs.

Easy to grow and maintain

Despite its ornate appearance, braided willow is surprisingly easy to grow, making it ideal for even novice gardeners. It shares the resilient and adaptable nature of traditional willow, requiring little maintenance beyond occasional cleaning or trimming. This means you can spend more time enjoying your garden and less time worrying about upkeep tasks.

Braided Salix

Great for wildlife

In addition to their aesthetic and functional benefits, braided willow trees contribute to environmental conservation by supporting biodiversity. They provide essential habitat and food sources for various wildlife species, further enriching the ecosystem within your garden.

How to plant

Caring for braided salix is straightforward, requiring regular maintenance and ample watering, particularly during sunny, breezy summers. To encourage healthy growth, trim back the top growth in early spring, shaping the crown 2 or 3 times throughout the summer while removing any occasional leaves on the bare stems.

When planting, select a sunny or partially shaded spot for your braided willow. If planting in a container, ensure there is sufficient drainage and fill with soil-based compost such as John Innes No. 3. Whether in pots or directly in the ground, water the newly planted willow thoroughly and maintain daily watering for the first four weeks to keep the soil consistently moist.

Don’t miss out on British Garden Centres’ special 20% discount off braided salix from the 15th to the 29th April at your local store!

Braided Salix

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