Flowers for the front yard

May 28, 2015
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A fast-growing red maple, ‘Sun Valley’ brings outstanding fall color to a front yard. It’s a reliable shade tree with good leafhopper resistance. A medium size tree, growth tops out at 20 to 25 feet. Why we love it: This is a male variety—you won’t deal with seeds.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Eye-catching red blooms appear in early spring, and hummingbirds flock to them. This tree is a perfect choice if you’re designing a wildlife garden. These trees can grow up to 30 feet tall, but usually occur in the 8- to 10-foot range with an open form. Why we love it: Red buckeye is as drought tolerant as it is pretty.

Minnesota Strain Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Tough and beautiful, this redbud has it all. Pink flowers appear before leaves in early spring, and brown seedpods take the spotlight in fall. Branches spread to give the tree a strong architectural appearance. Introduced by the Minnesota Arboretum, it’s hardy to Zone 4 and grows to 30 feet tall. Why we love it: It’s an unrivaled showpiece in early spring and will draw the envy of the neighborhood.

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Called the lilac of the South, crape myrtle brings on the flower show with long bloom clusters that open in a rainbow of hues. The tree has a graceful, architectural branching that graces a front yard with strong lines. Varieties grow from 4 to 11 feet tall. Why we love it: Peeling bark takes beauty over the top, creating a mottled looking trunk.

‘Little Volunteer’ Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Little Volunteer’)

Tulip poplar was a favorite tree on Southern plantations, planted near the home so folks could see the yellow tulip-like blooms from second story windows. Those trees soared to 60 feet or more. ‘Little Volunteer’ brings the height into reach of modern homes with small yards, topping out at 12 to 15 feet. Why we love it: For the yellow flowers, of course, but also for the narrow footprint. It grows 5 to 6 feet wide, which means it fits in even tiny yards.

Slender Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’)

Meet the evergreen tree that’s suitable for any size yard. This slender beauty grows to 15 feet with a spread of only 5 feet. The arching branches offer an elegant appearance, especially with the drooping tips. Why we love it: It brings grace and beauty to the landscape in a plant that fits most front yards.

‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)

A native plant, serviceberry bursts into bloom in spring. The white flowers fade to dark colored berries that birds adore. Fall arrives with a flash of fiery color. Expect it to grow 20 to 25 feet tall. You’ll need to prune in early years to control crossing branches, but other than that, it’s a cinch to grow. Why we love it: This tree embodies multiseason interest. It doesn’t disappoint.

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Deep evergreen leaves earn this tree a beauty award year-round. When berries appear, the tree is spectacular—and beckons birds by the dozens. The original species grows quite large, 40 to 50 feet tall and 18 to 40 feet wide. Look for varieties with a more modest footprint to fit modern yards. Many variegated types are available that bring even more interest to the landscape. Why we love it: It’s native, it grows slowly and it’s a great wildlife plant.

Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)

This tropical fruit makes a great front yard tree, providing plenty of interest from showy spring blooms, to yummy fruits, to striking gray-green leaves. Both flowers and fruits have a refreshing, fruity perfume. Fruit tastes like a pineapple-guava or pineapple-strawberry blend. Birds like the fruit, too. Why we love it: Not only are the flowers pretty, they taste great, too, delivering a dose of sweetness.

Persimmon (Diospyros spp.)

This tree has a wow factor, courtesy of sculptural branching, chartreuse flowers and bright orange fruit. Leaves provide good shade in summer. Asian persimmons are smaller (15 to 20 feet tall), while American varieties are taller (35 to 50 feet). Why we love it: The fruit is versatile in the kitchen, working in everything from muffins to salads. They also make amazing naturally sweet fruit leathers.

‘Fastigiata’ Spruce (Picea pungens var. glauca ‘Fastigiata’)

Get the luxe look of a Colorado blue spruce in a tree that fits into small yards. ‘Fastigiata’ grows in a tight, columnar shape with a spread of 2 to 3 feet at maturity. It tops out around 15 feet. Needles have that classic blue spruce tint to them. Why we love it: Branches respond well to shearing, so you can keep plants even more narrow.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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