When choosing trees and shrubs for your landscape needs, there is more to making the right selection than just appearance and hardiness zone. The mature size and form of your tree or shrub can help you determine its purpose in your landscape design. However, you don't have to sacrifice beauty for functionality; there are many beautiful trees and shrubs in all shapes and sizes.
Using Trees And Shrubs By Height
While almost any plant can pruned and trained kept a certain size, it is less work if you choose the appropriate size of tree or shrub for your location and landscape purpose.
Low-growing shrubs are those that measure one foot or less tall at maturity. These low-growers are ideal to use as edging around a planting bed or pathway. Some attractive choices in low-growing shrubs include varieties of cotoneaster, Celtic pride, and wintercreeper.
You can create hedges of different heights, depending on your needs. You can use small plants that grow 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall to direct traffic, because they are difficult to step across. Hedges can be taller, up to six feet, to provide privacy. However, the smaller shrubs you privacy without feeling like you are walled in. Some good choices for hedges that are not only attractive, but useful include boxwood, glossy abelia, and Japanese barberry.
Taller trees and shrubs, those 8 feet or taller, make good specimen plantings, windbreaks, sound screens and provide added privacy. Larger trees also make good specimen plants for a large garden and backgrounds. Some good choices include hedge maple, Eastern redcedar, hedge maple and hawthorn.
Using Tree And Shrubs By Shape
Trees and shrubs naturally grow into a certain shape. While you can direct most trees or shrubs to grow into a shape or form that differs from its natural one, it only creates more work for you. For this reasons, it's best to choose trees and shrubs that naturally grow into the form you want.
A lot more goes into choosing trees for your landscape design than just appearance and growing conditions. If you want your trees and shrubs to serve a purpose and add just the right touch to your outdoor area, contact a local tree service (Darrel Emel's Tree Service) to help you choose just the right tree for your needs.Share