June 9, 2022

An Update on My Allée of London Planes and Smoke Bushes

I love allées and have planted several over the years - they look so beautiful and dramatic around my Bedford, New York farm.

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. In 2019, I decided to plant an allée of trees along the carriage road through the lower hayfields. We planted a selection of London plane trees and about 100 royal purple smoke bushes, Cotinus coggygria. It is now three years later and the allée is looking excellent.

Enjoy these photos.