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How to Plant Trees and Shrubs

by Diane QuinnHow to Place Trees and Shrubs

Take the mystery out of landscaping trees and shrubs when you learn how to evaluate shapes, sizes, function and color.

Follow these few tips and learn how to place trees and shrubs in your yard.

Flowering trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs that bloom every year are your landscape divas and should be treated like stars. The first step is to research how large your choices will grow above and below ground. Healthy landscaping requires the right amount of space to grow and in the correct climate zone to look their best. Once you have the basics figured out, make a design plan for exact placement.

  • Walk across the street and view your property from a distance. Determine where larger trees should be planted for shade and privacy benefits or where you might want to create a hedge using shrubs.
  • If your project is a large one, intersperse flowering trees and shrubs throughout your property rather than putting them all in one area.
  • Your yard will look like spring for many months when you choose trees and shrubs that bloom at different times of the year.
  • Never plant a tree or shrub too close to the foundation of your home, sidewalks, driveway or other structures to avoid root damage.
  • Pay attention to the sun requirements for the trees and shrubs you choose for best results.
  • Flowering tree superstars include the Dogwood, Palo Verde, Purple Leaf Plum, Flowering Pear and Desert Willow. Shrubs such as Rhododendron with large pink and purple blooms or the sunny and fast-growing Forsythia add vibrant pops of spring color in adaptable climates.

Ornamental trees and shrubs

The word “ornamental” is applied to trees and shrubs that are sought after because of their distinctive shape, unusual color or appealing size. In the broadest sense of the word, ornamentals are visually and uniquely attractive in at least one way. Good examples are the Italian Cyprus tree that grows like a slim giant, while the Dwarf Mugo Pine is an evergreen that makes an impression with branches that resemble little bottle brushes.

Place ornamental trPlanting a Pine Treeees and shrubs, such as the ones listed below, in strategic locations for a dramatic effect.

  • Choose evergreens in an interesting assortment of shapes and sizes. Pine trees can visually impress and have long, draping boughs.
  • Another slender tree that grows up to 50 feet is the Columnar Tulip tree. This type of tree slips easily into small places in your yard that require height but not width.
  • Add a pyramid-shaped tree to your yard for added interest and height. The Boulevard False Cypress delivers impressive shape as well as silvery foliage with shades of blue-green. Place it where it will shine with the other trees and shrubs in your garden.

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  1. Hi I live in south Florida. Many of the articles I see on your website do not pertain to our hot,sunny tropical climate. For instance the article about trees and shrubs. Many of those trees require the cold winter and will not grow here. We can only grow some of your flowers during our winters such as Impatients. Would you please include us at times in your articles by being specific for flowers, shrubs, trees that are grown in South Florida.


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