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Choosing Trees For Your Small Gardens

Mar 18, 2008
Adding just a single tree to a garden can make a world of difference. Trees can help add dimension to any garden. When choosing which trees to grow in your garden you really need to take a look around your local area and see what trees grow best (this one tip could save great heartache). See how they have been used in the garden and make notes of the plants around it so that you can emulate it in your own space. If you have such a small space as you will be limited to planting only one tree you will need to spend a little longer deciding which is your favorite that are suitable for your location.

Specimen trees are those trees that are usually only gown singularly, to act as a centerpiece or focal point in the garden. Such a tree or shrub should offer something special such as an abundance of blossom or is a dramatic shape or color.

If you have enough space to grow more than one tree then you can use them in a number of ways. Of course you can always place a specimen tree at the very center of your yard or garden but, by being a little more adventurous, trees can add extra depth to even the smallest space. Unfortunately if we only have a small space in which to create a garden then we really do need to use our imagination. Some folk choose to create a garden in absolute miniature, others use containers, it really depends on how small the place is. Try to hide sharp corners with a soft tree or shrub. Create extra height towards the rear of the garden by placing thin tall trees and climbers along your back wall. Try to be imaginative.

If you only have a small space you will find the choice of trees available to us is rather limited as most mature trees are absolutely huge and would create untold damage to nearby properties. It is far, far better to choose one small, very high quality, specimen tree than have a multitude of plain trees!

There are basically two types of trees, those that keep their leaves in the winter (evergreen) and those that lose/drop them (deciduous). Of course each type has it's advantages and disadvantages.

Evergreen trees are great for keeping color in the garden during winter months and they can be great for creating privacy screens. However they do not offer any type of bloom of merit (although pine cones add interest), furthermore range of color in evergreens is rather limited to the full range of greens (from lime green to almost blue) to golden or blonde types.

There are many different types of deciduous trees to choose from in a massive range of styles ranging from those that produce an abundance of flowers, blossom or catkins, to those that offer incredibly unusual shapes. The cherry blossom tree is highly popular for it's wonderfully fragrant and highly appealing blossom but there are plenty of other trees to choose from. The sad thing about this type of tree is the mess that they make, not only do they make a mess when they drop their leaves but the blossom falls too and has to be cleaned up (especially if you have a pond or pool).

Before you make your final decisions you should really take the time to draw a plan of your garden or yard and include all obstructions. It is surprising how few people consider such things as overhanging telephone cables when planting trees. In only a few years a tree can grow so much that it could cause damage. Try to ensure that the tree chosen does not grow to such a height as would damage any such things as over hanging roofs or power cables.

When choosing trees for your garden always pay a visit to your local nursery as they will be a fountain of knowledge on the subject and will have vast local experience. Japanese maples look great in any garden but especially in small spaces where they often look their best. Other trees suitable for small spaces are a number of dogwoods and willows (especially the corkscrew willow). Also take a look at the dwarf and miniature conifers but make sure that they are not just slow growing as you might find yourself in serious difficulties later.
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Trees are important in any garden but if you have a small garden there are problems. To find out the solutions and other interesting facts about trees visit Growing Trees in Small Places
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