List of trees

• Platanus x hispanicus (London plane)

There are many mature London planes in the square. These trees with unusual bark, which peels off in large plates revealing patches of creamy white; deeply palmate  leaves and spiky globular fruits.

• Lirodendron  tulipifera

Saddle-shaped leaves have a broad golden yellow margin around themwhich fades to green in summer. In autumn, the large leaves turn bright yellow. In summer, tulip-shaped, green flowers are produced on mature trees which are often obscured by the foliage.

•   Prunus (Cherry)

Several ornamental cherry trees,  providing a fantastic display of pink blossom in the spring.

• Rateagus monogyna (hawthorn)

A small thorny deciduous tree with shallow, mid-green leaves

• Ehretia rigida

Desiduous tree with very smooth grey bark.  Ehretia attractive to birds and insects

• Tilia (lime)

Large desiduous tree with oblique-cordate leaves

• Figus (fig)

These trees have lobed mid-green leaves and produce an abundance of fruit.

• Sorbus (rowan)

This tree has feathery foliage, olive-green leaflets cover this elegant tree

 North border

•   Cercis siliquastrum

Leaves appear late on this spectacular flowering tree, after the startling clusters of pea-shaped blooms which can smother the tree and burst from the new young shoots, the surface of the bare branches and even the main trunk of the tree.

•   Hamamelis

A vase-shaped deciduous shrub with clusters of sweetly scented, rich copper­ red flowers from January to February.

•   Garrya eliptica

Long, silver-grey catkins from December to February and glossy, wavy-edged, dark sea-green leaves. The silken tassels of this upright, evergreen shrub, up to 20cm  long, are a fabulous, long-lasting feature  in the winter garden.

•   Robinia pseudoacacia

The foliage is light green or yellowish-green with alternate feathery (pinnate) leaves, providing a bright splash of gold.

East border

•   Hebe

There are several Hebes in the borders. They are evergreen shrubs with opposite leaves. Flowers are arranged in a spiked inflorescence.

•    Manuka  (tea tree/  Manuka   )

Masses of double, saucer-shaped flowers borne on arching shoots from late spring to early summer  and aromatic  mid- to dark green leaves

•   Corokia

Small leaved shrub, bearing a large number  of bright yellow flowers in early summer

•   Solanum aviculare (Poroporo)

Also called Kangaroo Apple, is a soft-wooded   evergreen shrub that can grow up to 12 feet tall. Its hermaphroditic (having both male and female  organs) flowers are white to mauve and yield berries.

•    Pseudopanax

Extraordinary shrub with very long, narrow and leaf with an orange midrib. Different juvenile and adult forms.

•   Hydrangea quercifolia

Spectacular  clusters of white flowers with giant ‘oak-leaved’ shaped leaves. From midsummer, conical flowerheads are produced  bearing large white blooms which become pink-tinged with age

•   Taxus baccata (Yew)

Needle-like, dark green leaves on horizontal branches. Broadly conical in shape.

South border

•   Choisya ternate

Wonderfully scented, star-shaped, white flowers in late spring and handsome, aromatic, dark green leaves.

•    Magnolia grandiflora

Evergreen tree with leathery, dark green, glossy leaves with rust-coloured hairs underneath. In late summer  and early autumn, large, fragrant, creamy white blooms are produced at the end of the shoots.

 West border

•    Quercus r rubra

sharply lobed leaves which turn attractive shades of red, yellow and brown before falling in autumn.

•    Myrtus communis

sharply lobed leaves which turn attractive shades of red, yellow and brown before falling in autumn.

Round bed

•   Acer griseum

Cinnamon-coloured peeling bark and deeply lobed, dark green leaves turning vivid shades of orange, red and scarlet in autumn.

•   Sisyrinchium striatum

Slender spires of pale yellow flowers among clumps of iris-like, grey-green leaves.

•   Melianthus major

Spectacular, grey-green to steely blue-grey leaves up to 50cm (20in)  long and spikes of brownish-crimson to deep brick-red flowers.

Greselia bed (This is the island bed on the south side of the garden)

•   Acer palmatum disectum  ‘Atroperpureum’

Palm-shaped, deep purple leaves turning brilliant  red in autumn  with tiny purple red spring flowers.

•   Astrantia ‘Hasdpen Blood’

Dark red flower heads, surrounded by near black bracts on wiry, branched stems above deeply lobed, dark green leaves with almost imperceptible black margins.