Well, after 2 years of experimenting with perennials and constantly moving items around, I’ve come up with some new perennial garden plans to make your landscape look great. This post gives some suggestions for ornamental trees in your landscape.
Layer 1: Ornamental Trees to Ground Your Landscape
Every yard, no matter how big or small, needs at least 1 tree. If you already have trees in your yard, then great! You can use what you already have and build your other layers around these trees and your house. If you don’t have an ornamental tree there are many, many options. I would suggest going to your local nursery and asking someone to help you pick one out. Make sure that you have enough room for the tree you choose, and also make sure that you plant it an appropriate distance from your house.
Perennial Garden Plan for Zone 5(ish)
Plug your zipcode into this zone finder if you aren’t sure what zone you live in. I live in Northeast Pennsylvania, so my zone is somewhere between a 5 and a 6 (or… 5B). All of the plants I will mention will work for this zone.
Now honestly I am no landscaping expert. But I have read a lot of books about landscape design, so I’d like to share some of my knowledge with you so you can understand the basic concept of planting. The goal of this post is to give you some basic tips and then present some options for each “Layer” of my perennial garden plan.
Perennial garden plan: Layer 1 Ornamental Tree Picks
A hybrid cross between native serviceberries. Small deciduous tree grows to 20′. Very adaptable to soil types and fairly drought tolerant. Prefers full sun. Very showy white flowers in late April. Good autumn color of red, orange and yellow. I have this ornamental tree in my front yard. You can read more about why I love it in this post.
Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Small deciduous tree, grows 25′ with a slow growth rate. Prefers moist, well-drained lightly acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. Avoid windy locations. “Bloodgood” is a very common form with excellent burgundy colored foliage. Check out 11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form. Image Source
Now that you have some suggestions, visit a nursery and actually take a look at the ornamental trees you are interested in. Still need more help? This thread has great advice about Ornamental Trees for a front yard in zone 5.
If you already have mature trees in your landscape (lucky you!) — check out my next post about Evergreen Shrubs (with zone 5 suggestions).