How Trees Enhance Landscaping
Trees are large, majestic, and make a grand statement in almost any type of landscape. Because of their size and the fact that they usually last for generations, their importance can't be underestimated. The following describes the different kinds of trees that can be used in landscaping and where to plant them to create the most engaging landscape possible.
Many experts will tell you that a fast growing tree may be susceptible to bugs and disease and that a robust and sturdy tree is usually slow growing. Choosing the right tree and nurturing it correctly, however, will provide maximum results. Maples are an excellent choice for shade. They often grow up to 80 feet tall and may spread out over 50 feet in width to provide excellent sources of darkness. Maples grow best in full sun surrounded by moist soil. The Tulip tree also grows quickly and can give a fair amount of shade. A shade tree should be planted approximately 15 to 20 feet from the house to provide the maximum amount of shade and cooling. Perennials also work well in beds beside trees.
A Redbud tree produces vibrant magenta flowers that last about three weeks before the leaves appear. Redbuds are relatively easy to care for and grow to an average of about 25 feet tall. In the fall the leaves turn yellow. This type of tree attracts a wide variety of birds and would be perfect next to a porch or patio. With their pretty white petals, Dogwoods look beautiful in almost any landscape. They only grow between 10 and 20 feet tall. The Sweetbay Magnolia tree grows approximately 20 feet tall and produces creamy white petals. The Sweetbay Magnolia isn't just for southern states. Even as far north as Chicago the sweet aroma of the flowers can be enjoyed.
Evergreens have a unique look that can dramatically change the look of any landscape. Smaller hedges can be planted around a house to hide the cement foundation. Lines of evergreens can be planted as a barrier in front of utility lines or a busy road. Rows of evergreens make the perfect backdrop for a variety of plants and flowers. Hostas often grow well near evergreens. Evergreens should be planted on the north side of the house if possible. This will help break winter winds and conserve energy in the home.