Choosing which trees to grow in your garden can be something of a nightmare but, by following a few simple steps, the task can be made far easier. Firstly you need to take a look around the gardens in your area to identify which species grow best and which you think are the most beautiful. There is no better way to see trees than in a mature garden as those on display in a local nursery are usually all bunched together making the decision difficult. You could also get a book about trees from your local library or browse online, but you will need to find out if they are suitable for your climate before proceeding.
The most beautiful trees in the garden are usually specimen trees, those types that have a good looking blossom that is sweet smelling. There are other reasons why a tree may be suitable as a specimen tree such as those that bear fruit or those with some architectural qualities such as the corkscrew hazel or a monkey puzzle tree.
The most important thing about a specimen tree is that it must be interesting to such a degree that it stands out in the garden and considerably adds to the gardens overall beauty. One thing that most people fail to realize is that specimen trees do not need to hold a central position in a garden. Quite often trees can look their best as a backdrop to a flower garden or placed in a corner to reduce the square appearance of a backyard.
Sadly there are not that many trees that are suitable for growing in small spaces as most grow to an enormous size. Luckily some special trees are superb, and it is far better to spend a little extra on one specimen tree rather than purchasing two rather plain ones.
As you are most probably aware, there are evergreen trees and deciduous trees. Evergreens keep their leaves in winter deciduous trees don’t. Choosing which one to grow can be challenging as there are advantages and disadvantages to both types.
Evergreen trees are perfect for providing color in the garden when there is virtually none. However, the colors available are rather limited to various shades of green with the occasional blonde or golden variety. Evergreens can also appear rather boring as they change little throughout the year though pine cones do look great when they appear.
On the other hand, deciduous trees have a massive selection of varieties which offer various types of blossom or, in the case of willows, catkins. Deciduous trees are also more diverse in their architectural qualities. One of the most popular trees for small gardens is the flowering cherry tree which has beautiful, sweet smelling, blossom. Unfortunately, such trees can be messy; the blossoms fall, and all deciduous trees make a right old mess when they lose their leaves.
One of the numerous significant factors, when choosing which trees to grow in a small space, is the immediate surroundings. You should create a simple plan making particular note of any overhanging ledges or roofs. Take special care to notice any cables leading to your house, or next door that comes anywhere near close to your garden. Also, watch out for satellite dishes! A thick set tree can play havoc with a reception.
When choosing trees for your garden always pay a visit to your local nursery as they will be a fountain of knowledge on the subject and will have vast local experience. Japanese maples look great in any garden but especially in small spaces where they often look their best. Other trees suitable for small spaces are some dogwoods and willows (especially the corkscrew willow). Also take a look at the dwarf and miniature conifers but make sure that they are not just slow growing as you might find yourself in serious difficulties later.