Golden Laburnum Walkway
Arches covered with laburnum provide a glorious canopy in late spring to early summer.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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A traditional laburnum walkway makes a spectacular feature in early summer. Enjoy its blast of seasonal color, and plant around it to double the display.
When to Plant: Late fall
At Its Best: Early summer
Time to Complete: 4 days
- 4 laburnum trees (or more for a longer walk)
- metal-framed fruit tree arch
- garden fork
- tree ties
Install the Arch Supports
You can buy sturdy fruit tree or vine arches in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. Select two that will span your walkway, or ask a blacksmith to make a set to fit your design. Most metal arches are simply set into the soil.
Plant and Train
Plant one tree next to each arch upright, water well and secure with a tree tie. Train the branches over the arch as they grow, tying them in with tree or tube ties. Over time, you may find it necessary to link the arches with coated wires to support new stems.
Top Tip: Underplanting
Bulbs are ideal for planting beneath your arch. Early bulbs, such as daffodils, will flower before the trees, while tulips and alliums bloom at the same time. Shade-loving ferns will provide long-lasting interest.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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