July 7, 2021

My Growing Allee of London Planes and Smoke Bushes

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I have many allées of trees - they look so beautiful and dramatic along the carriage roads, between the horse paddocks, and beside the antique fencing. One of my newer allées is planted along the lower hayfield road toward my woodlands - and it's developing excellently.

In landscaping, an allée, or an avenue, is traditionally a straight path or road with a line of trees or large shrubs running along each side. In most cases, the trees planted are the same species or cultivar, so as to give a uniform appearance along the full length of the allée. To create this particular allée through the field, we started with a selection of London plane trees in the fall of 2019. We also planted about 100 royal purple smoke bushes, Cotinus coggygria. And this year, we added crepe myrtle, Lagerstroemia - deciduous, small to medium sized shrubs known for their colorful and long-​lasting summertime flowers.

Here are some photos, enjoy.