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Sharp edge tree and landscape**

Seedlings, generally taken from the toe-dipping of planted trees, can be used to bind landscape features into a coherent whole. Where there are ample size and shape variations, such trees, hedges, walls and fences can be worked into a unified whole, as shown here by James Stableford.

**Jefferson's Vineyard (**

**US)**

Even where large trees are not immediately evident in a formal landscape, their presence can be implied. Jefferson's Vineyard, in Virginia, US, comprises a line of 30 _Celtis occidentalis_ on the south side of the main house. The plant has weathered, spreading roots which take it past the boundaries of the garden, their top-growth, bearing an abundance of tiny fruits, attracts avian predators such as Cedar Waxwings, which disperse the seeds to other gardens.

The tree's silhouette, broken only by a cluster of fruit at the apex, creates a screen in its own right. It makes a subtle and appropriate inclusion in a plan that is dominated by the house.

This remains the ultimate expression of the essence of _still-life_ drawing, simplicity and serenity.

Jefferson's Vineyard in the background, radiating out from the front of the house, first generation fruits and berries appear, a clear indication that it is the offspring of a planting

This is the most simple and successful planting that I have ever seen.

**Jefferson's Vineyard (**

**US)**

The variation in the size and shape of the trees on this property serves to define the edges of the garden, but without competition from other plants to distract the eye, the purpose is achieved with remarkable simplicity and certainty. The organic nature of the planting has ensured its survival over the years.

The owner of the house has worked on the plantings for several years now, using only a regular sharp edge hoe for a wide range of tasks, such as trimming, pruning and removing unwanted growth. The fruit is gathered and processed as it ripens. For a second-generation planting, having so little to add, has caused the second generation to become much less assertive. One of the main purposes of the planting is to remain aesthetically consistent, through lack of maintenance the wood turns a soft white with every season. The planting consists of 30 tree seedlings growing around the fence of the main garden, and the placement of the trees along the fence is marked out by the spacing of their trunks.

The implied planting forms a coherent and pleasing architectural element that integrates with the house. The wider growing pattern of the first-generation trees serves to exclude nearby objects, as well as creating a framework for the house, the trees function to screen and protect the more highly valued, formal garden.

Having harvested their ripe fruit, the owners of the property will now use it as compost, which will provide ample nutrients for the tree roots over the coming seasons.

A simple planting such as this is the ultimate expression of the essence of _still-life_ drawing, simplicity and serenity.

**Lagerstroemia 'Aconitifolia' (**

**Japan)**

What began as an ideal group of trees to accompany the main building has developed over the years into something very different. The planting has three main species – a _Lagerstroemia_, a Chinese **Ligustrum** and a host of yellow tree lilies. Within its structure, various cultivars of _Lagerstroemia_ have been added to give an appropriately colourful show of flowers. In the initial planting, planted close to the house, the tallest of the trees has probably been in service for about 25 years. Since then, the owner has added some new plants and placed them to give a more interesting composition. This has worked very successfully, as the trees have now become thoroughly intertwined with the others in their natural environment. The variety of branches and foliage colours has given the planting a lively and natural appearance, without sacrificing formal design characteristics.

The result is the perfect interaction of plants, shape, colour and form, each lending its own unique quality to the planting. In its original configuration, the trees would have formed a strong axis to the garden, their trunks offset by the planting beds, as a consequence, the tree shapes have become distorted.

**London plane (**

**UK)**

This tree may look perfect, but it is actually suffering from severe root problems. Until its root system is given the attention it needs, the tree will continue to weaken, and this, in turn, will have a severe effect on the health of the plant, especially in the dormant period. As the branches begin to grow over the winter, the tree will be extremely susceptible to diseases, even more so if the trunk of the tree begins to rots, creating a dangerous infection of the trunk. I have seen this happen on many occasions.

In one instance, I arrived at a client's garden and discovered that the ground had been dug out for the installation of a new hot-water tank, so I needed to locate the trees first. I found a large and healthy specimen which appeared to be in perfect health, but when I uprooted the plant, the crown was exposed to view and it appeared that the soil had been disturbed very deeply, with significant roots having been cut away. I spent many months trying to nurse this tree back to health, and with luck, the new trunk healed in a

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