Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Best Flowering Trees for your Garden

Trees are versatile, perennial plants that fit into any type of landscape whether it’s urban or rural, contemporary or cottage themed. They can be difficult to choose and maintain because they live for over a lifetime or more. Trees add character to your landscape. The first years of their growth are the most critical, so you need to protect them. Trees can do unique things for your garden apart from providing shade and structure. A row of small trees can serve as a living fence or can be trained into decorative patterns for aesthetic appeal.

Flowering trees and shrubs are the best choices for this season as they add vibrancy and color each year. Whether you like white flowering trees, pink flowering trees, or small flowering trees, here is list of the types of flowering trees and shrubs to help you envelop your garden in blooms every year.

Eastern Redbud

The Eastern Redbud is a multistemmed, small, handsome, understory tree that has a 20-30 foot rounded crown and reaches 20 to 30 feet in height. The flowers bloom in early spring that has a reddish purple bud to a breathtaking rosy-pink. The leaves are heart-shaped and emerge after the flowers. The leaves turn an attractive yellow in fall.

Flowering Crabapple

The Japanese Flowering Crabapple is a small to midsized tree, which ranges in habit from low mounds to narrow, upright or weeping trees. During the spring season, flowers bloom in pink, white or red colors with a wonderful fragrance. During fall, apples in red, orange or yellow colors grow from them. They have attractive branches that are revealed in winter. Choose newer varieties that hold their fruits right into the cold seasons.

Southern Magnolia

This Southern Magnolia tree is planted for the purpose of enjoying its large, shiny, evergreen leaves with fuzzy undersides, beautifully fragrant, creamy white flowers that bloom in spring and red fruits during fall. It reaches to a height of 60 to 80 feet and 30 to 50 feet in width. Since they are large trees, you need to plant them away from swimming pools or walks, where the litter can get unsightly.

Flowering Dogwood

The Flowering Dogwood gives a visual treat during winter as it is a spreading tree with horizontal branches. The size varies with every climatic condition, but the typical height is 20 to 40 feet with the same width. During fall, the leaves look distinctive in their reddish purple color. Fruit looks a beautiful glossy red but the late spring flowers are insignificant. They are however surrounded by four attractive pink or white bracts.

Shrub Rose

The Shrub Rose is a family of rose hybrids developed by David Austin in the 1970s. They are a cross of hybrid tea roses and other modern varieties with the traditional old garden roses. They possess a unique combination of the form and fragrance of old roses with the hardiness, strength and long bloom season of modern hybrids.

Forsythia

The Forsythia is a sunny indication for the start of the spring season. It is an arching, upright, deciduous shrub that has beautiful, bright yellow flowers in early spring. Some branches shoot upwards while the others have a tendency to arch.

Pee Gee Hydrangea

The Pee Gee Hydrangea is one of the latest blooming and hardiest hydrangeas. During the summer season, it bears large, cone-shaped white flowers. The flowers then gradually turn reddish brown and hang on till winter. Most hydrangeas are less than 10 feet tall but they do have the potential to reach up to 15 feet tall and be pruned as a tree. 

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