George Gilchrist

Articles by George Gilchrist:

Salix for winter stem interest

 The genus Salix contains over 430 different species with numerous additional cultivars, being a large varying genus of trees and shrub. In recent years this genus has had a bit of a renaissance with cultivars being grown for biomass fuel and willow structures being utilised in many school grounds proving how adaptable this genus is.

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Pick a Plant – Cornus, for winter stems

The Cornus genus covers a very diverse range of about 50 woody perennials but the reason for me selecting them this month is to concentrate on the species and cultivars that provide us with winter stem colour. Few plants can brighten up the winter garden so successfully and withstand whatever weather is sent our way, even this year.

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I Love Ilex

The Genus ilex, commonly known as holly, is a very large genus comprising about 400 species of mostly woody shrubs and trees. For most people their vision of a holly, and my reason for selecting it for this time of year, is of course its appearance in Christmas decorations.

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Miscanthus sinensis – An ornamental grass for modern times

17 species of Miscanthus exist but it is the Miscanthus sinensis cultivars that provide successful garden plants that have grown in popularity in recent years.

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