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The willows are a large genus of about 300 species and a number of cultivars. As well as being value for practical reasons, such as weaving, many are very decorative plants. Some are grown for their catkins, others for their foliage, yet others for the colour of their winter bark and some for their weeping or even contorted habit. It is a genus with a lot to offer. They vary from prostrate shrubs that run along hugging the ground and which are suitable for rock gardens, to tall trees for growing next to lakes and rivers. In between there are plenty of other plants that are suitable for both small and bigger gardens. It is important to check the ultimate size of the plants before buying if you have a small garden, because there are some what may seem desirable plants, such as the weeping willow, that do grow very big, not only outgrowing their positions but also removing much moisture and nutrients from the soil so it is difficult to grow other plants near them. With plants grown for their winter bark it is necessary to prune them hard every two years to promote new colourful growth. They grow in most soils, except shallow chalk.

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