Extreme Tree Planting on the Garden Island of Corfu. 

There is little doubt that I am extremely passionate about gardening, my career path and the journey it is taking me on! This is my third working holiday, returning to the garden island of Corfu and each time it gets harder to head home to gloomy London.

Fortunately my job as a Horticultural consultant and head gardener means  I get to return in late October to continue planting the extremely large specimen Cypress trees, Mulberry, Pines and Strawberry trees, to name a just few. 


Extreme weather conditions on the island of Corfu means that only the toughest plants will survive. 


Quercus ilex commonly referred to as holm oak in a large 110 litre pot, needed six strong guys to move and navigate the steep slopes and stone steps.


A robust sack truck comes in handy, especially when you strap the trees large plastic pot to it.


Bougainville thrive on the island and make a colourful long flowering climber or clipped balls in pots that are loved by both insects and visitors to the island. 

Large Cypress trees in 70 litre pots are relatively easy to move compared to the 300 litre pot of the Morus plantifolia or Mulberry shown below. 


A large crane will be on site to move the Mulberry into its final location and will be planted alongside five Cupressus sempervirens ‘Horizontalis’ and three Cupressus pyramidalis.

The following list of trees tolerate extreme weather and maritime conditions. They grow on rock cliffs that are a prominent feature of the north east region of Corfu, with wet winters and summers that bring sun loving tourists to the garden island. 

Ten easy to grow trees tolerant of extreme weather conditions.

Arbutus unedo

Quercus ilex

Olea europeaus 

Eriobotrya japonica

Acacia dealbata

Euchryphia nymanensis

Agryocytisus battandieri

Pinus halepensis 

Cupressus pyramidalis

Schinus molle

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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