Interest in Willow has revived over the last few years and there are many garden uses.
- Royal Horticultural Gardens at Harlow Carr have several living willow sculptures. The fine boat shown above is an example that entertains the kids who visit. A bit big for my garden.
- Narrow Willow hedges can be used to separate ‘garden rooms’.
- Tunnel type structure made of sticks of living willow can create a unique feature.
- Children will enjoy making and playing in wigwams, domes and tunnels.
- More advanced projects, suitable for adults, include fences, chairs and arbours.
Practical Uses of Willow
- Willow weaving can make Trugs or baskets for use in the garden.
- A natural hedge from woven willow suits some sites, if used as a wind break it is called a ‘fedge’.
- Willow can now be grown for green bio-mass fuel.
- Traditionally Willow is used for cricket bats, charcoal, furniture and medicine.
- The bark contains growth hormones and can be used to make a simple extract that will promote rooting and cutting growth.
Varieties and Uses of Willow
- Salix Viminalis Gigantea Very fast growing – long and straight.
- Good for large structures, windbreaks, hurdle uprights etc.
- Salix Triandra Viminalis Very fast growing – long and straight.
- Good for Large structures, Windbreaks, hurdles
- Salix Dasyclados Very vigorous slightly shorter but thicker than Viminalis.
- Suitable for structures, windbreaks, fuel production.
- Salix Tora or Jorr Very vigorous growth – Swedish, Suitable for structures, windbreaks and fuel production.
- Salix alba Vitelina Ornamental golden willow, Suitable for hedging, windbreaks and basketry.
- Salix Triandra Black Maul Warm chestnut brown colour Suitable for hurdles, basketry and weaving in to structures for colour.
- Salix Triandra Q83 Super Willow- (hybrid of viminalis and triandra) has the vigorous growth of viminalis with the weaving qualities of triandra. Attractive medium brown stems, catkins.Suitable for hurdles, basketry and weaving into living structures.
- Salix Purpurea Leentges, Nicholsonii Purpurescens or Helix Suitable for basketry and hedging.
- Salix Purpurea Abbeys or Dicky Meadows, Suitable for basketry.
List of varieties from Willow Withies