You know I talk about the importance of trees quite a bit. I herald the trees for their winter interest and beauty in all four seasons. I discuss them giving the garden structure and forming the bones of the landscape.
A very old, and valuable Beech, you will see the crabapple on the right in an image below. It is not that small a tree.
Using large specimen trees and groupings of trees can be done successfully in smaller gardens as well, but it is most often associated with estate landscaping and public parks. The beech above is a few times larger than my house and property combined.
Shrubs perform many of the same functions as trees and additionally, make a wonderful backdrop for the perennials, annuals and groundcovers. They, like trees, have many flowering varieties themselves. The pear trees, Redbud and rhododendron shown above, are all such plants. Even the pygmy barberry hedge provides a punch of color and interest.
This shrub bed has rhododendron, spiraea and groundcover roses which span the seasons in soft pink color. White weeping crabapple anchor the identical beds as seen below.
Natural stone walls and paving accent the space. Above this area is a grass terrace.
Here, juniper and boxwood frame the formal island bed and the center section is filled with Apple Blossom groundcover rose, but is yet to bloom for Spring. This is a rectangular, brick drive.
Weigela, here, is backed by a variety of trees. Layering of the trees and shrubs along the property line affords privacy, and a changing of seasonal interest.
This scene is quite beautiful as the long brick, ivy edged driveway is double lined with Iceberg roses and wave petunia. The tall trees ground the garden and give it presence.
And who does not like the fragrance of lilac in Spring? You can see they are strategically placed at a seating area and are paired with Daylily and a variety of other perennials. One got away above! This is another property line application with large spruce trees lending privacy.
The conifers make a great backdrop for the understory trees like this Crabapple, needing lots of sun.
Another view of the roses where the white planting brightens the drive in. This all white planting was done for a large outdoor wedding. Trees, trees and more trees.
A view of the view, framed by trees. The garden beds below are all informal plantings of grasses, a variety of shrubs and perennials. Roses are off to the right.
Geometry is fun to play with when designing, especially when the garden is seen from third floor windows.
And don’t forget taller hedges. Juniper really soften this area and are backed by spruce and some deciduous varieties. On large landscapes, it is all about layering.
The willow is a tree planted between two of the properties shown and I did designs on both properties. The one neighbor wanted the tree removed and the other, whose tree it belonged, did not. I did not either. So the tree stayed. A total of four properties are shown.
None of these images were taken for the sake of photography. All were quickly snapped on job sites.