The UK is notoriously wet, with little sunlight. Even though you have plenty of sunny days it is still important that you consider what types of trees and other plants you will have in your garden. There are several considerations you need to make. For example, you may need to decide if you can have trees in your garden at all given the amount of space you have.

There are some rules to follow when considering where to put conifers in your garden. It is best not to put trees against your fence. Fences are usually boundary lines meaning you have neighbours that may not care for your trees to hang over their fence side as they grow.

You can always work towards instant hedging to ensure the trees never go over the fence, but there are other reasons for doing so. Fences can be a rain shadow meaning the roots have to grow further out and the roots may do so underneath the fence into your neighbour’s yard. Fences can also lead to infections in your tree if they rub against the fence. Your neighbours and your tree will thank you if you plant trees at least 1 metre from the fence.

For small gardens you may find evergreen shrubs are the best way to go. Shrubs are not full grown trees. Instead, they are smaller plants that may grow out but not necessarily up. You can always hedge your shrubs to make sure they look perfectly shaped.

If you do have room for trees in your garden consider Crab Apple Evereste trees, apple trees, or pear trees. These trees not only offer you a beautiful garden, but they also provide fruit. With apple or pear trees you could have an autumn snack right out your back door.

Before you plant trees, you should consider what type of soil you have. Trees such as willows can deal with soggy ground better than some of the other species of trees out there. Apple trees for example do well in cooler climates, but are largely better off with less rainy seasons. Still, humidity is not a problem for such trees. To have healthy fruit or trees, you always have to consider where they are going, what will feed them, and how well they can do in your particular soil/ area to ensure you have provided a healthy environment for the entire tree too.