- spring-flowering trees
- flowering shrubs (mostly spring-flowering)
- a few small evergreen trees and shrubs for winter interest
- lots of spring bulbs
- perhaps some lilies for summer flowers
This area will be mostly a spring garden, peaking in April and May, my favorite time to be outside enjoying the garden.
|Who doesn't need more of this in spring?|
I think I've basically decided on the shape and placement of the three large island beds, and have been figuring out how much sun each area will receive.
And I would like to thank Larry from conradartglassgardens for all his very helpful advice via email in planning this area. I had been thinking of planting more flowering trees and bulbs, after visiting the MOBOT in St. Louis and seeing a garden video about the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, but I wasn't sure what form these new gardens should take until I saw Larry's magnificent gardens that he shares with us on his blog. Seeing how beautiful his island-shaped beds are has helped to inspire me to plan this new area, and he has been extremely kind and generous with his time in giving me numerous helpful tips and suggestions.
I've been doing some research on the trees and shrubs I would like to include, and have been making a list. Today, I'll list a few of the spring-flowering trees that I have been thinking about:
- Flowering cherries (I already have five 'Kwanzan' trees that I planted two years ago, and I will be moving them to different spots in the new beds.)
'Kwanzan' cherry tree in my west yard. I'll move these around.
- Flowering dogwoods, perhaps one or two white-flowering ones
White flowering dogwood (wikipedia.com)
- Eastern redbuds, probably a couple of these beautiful purple-flowering trees
Eastern redbud trees (wikipedia.com)
- Magnolias, several different types including Lily Magnolias, Star Magnolias and perhaps even Sweet Bay Magnolia (which is only marginally hardy here).
In my next post, I'll discuss some flowering shrubs that I'm thinking about including. I'm restricting my list to shrubs with showy flowers in spring, that don't spread by suckering and don't need a yearly "chop" to keep them a reasonable size and shape. I'm trying to design a relatively low-maintenance area that still flowers delightfully each spring. I think by avoiding perennials and sticking to trees, shrubs and bulbs that don't require much attention, I can do this. Here's to more spring flowers!