Any variety with sufficient growth can be used but the faster growing varieties that produce long straight whips are best especially for larger structures. Viminalis varieties are probably the most suitable but others can be used for varying stem colour/leaf/catkin interest within the structure. This year we are offering long whips of Salix Viminalis 'Bowles Hybrid' only (although if you would particularly like longer cuttings of other varieties please get in touch and we will see what we can provide)


Firstly, prepare the site as for short cuttings.


Woven living fences/hedges (Hence 'Fedge') made from whips 6 ft or longer : Push unrooted whips about one foot into the ground at an angle of 45 to 60 degrees about 18 inches apart along the line of your required Fedge. Then go back the other way planting in between the first whips at a similar angle in the opposite direction. Either, just tie together where they cross or, as you are planting weave the whips 'one in front, one behind' and you will find you have a very rigid structure. You can then plant some verticals which you bend over to join each other to form arches, add some further weaving, create circular windows . whatever you wish.

NB. As an example, using 6 ft willow whips planted at an angle of around 45 degrees the basic height of the initial fedge will be around 4 ft - but the willow will sprout growth which will easily double that height.                                 

Fedge 'planted' January

and in growth at the end of May

Living Willow Structures


Long unrooted willow cuttings (whips) can be used to make functional and attractive structures/barriers in the garden that grow and develop throughout the years as well as the seasons.  For example, woven screens, arbours or bowers over seats, arches, tunnels, children's play domes (which could be interconnected with tunnels if you have the space) or if you are really

adventurous animals! and then you could use them to support climbing plants such as roses,

honeysuckle, golden hop or clematis. You do not need to be especially creative and even the

simplest structure can look very impressive, and there are no rigid rules to follow - just handy guidelines - and once you have made your own first living willow structure you will have your own ideas.

Index


Introduction


How to grow Willow from Cuttings


Living Willow Structures


Kits for Living Willow Structures

Teachers & Parents ordering for SCHOOLS


Description of Willow Varieties


Prices of Cuttings and Long Whips


How to Order


Order Form


How to make a Wigwam


How to make a Playhouse/Bower


More Willow

On-line shop

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And See 'More Willow'

for more photographs and ideas

  Two year old bower showing

fresh growth in April

One Year Old Arch showing fresh growth in May

Tunnel planted in January 

showing new growth  in May

Arches/Tunnels/Arbours

Push the longest sturdiest whips about one foot into the ground vertically to make the main structure, bend over and weave and tie together. Then add diagonals interwoven for strength to create an open lattice interlinked  feature where the tension of the willow generally holds the structure together. Willow or synthetic ties can be used for extra firmness of hold which should, long term result in pressure grafting of the willow stems together.

Also:

For any structure remember that vertical whips tend to sprout fresh growth only from the top, whereas diagonally planted whips should sprout along the full length giving a denser growth to the structure.


Willow cuttings will start to sprout new growth in March/April. the new stems can be trimmed back or woven into the structure as you wish.


Our 'Kits' provide you with all the willow whips needed to make straightforward simple structures, and detailed planting/design instructions will be provided. Please click on the link at the top of the page to be taken to the 'Kits' page.


Just Click on the Highlighted text below to see how to make : -


A Living Willow Wigwam

                   A Living Willow Dome/ Children's Playhouse/ Bower for a Seat.

The same Tunnel  showing new growth at about the same time the following year.

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'Ideas for Fedges'

LIVING  WILLOW

Offering willow grown in Northamptonshire.
From Willows Nursery, Walgrave, Northampton, NN6  9QA.

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