Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Trees are the Backbone of Every Great Garden Design

Large trees keep us cool in the summertime

A great garden that is full of biodiversity includes, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. Some refer to gardens planted this way as a layered garden. They are also the most visually pleasing as they mimic the way we see plants in nature. Think of trees as the backbone of your design. They give us shade to cool the air and they shelter us from winter winds. Their flowers, fruits and fall colors give us all-season beauty. Think of trees as an investment or like building a foundation. And, try to remember when you look at the price tag of your soon-to-be new tree that someone has been caring for it daily; watering, feeding, repotting and pruning, for many years before it arrived at you favorite garden center.

We use trees, shrubs and perennials to create a natural looking garden

The right trees can also provide food and shelter for a wide variety of wildlife. Their flowers provide nectar and pollen for pollinators. Later, their fruits, nuts, berries and seeds are another important food source for wildlife. Trees are also a welcome nesting site for birds and other creatures, offering a sheltered place for them to raise their young. Consider planting evergreen trees too. They provide shelter for wildlife all year long! Native trees and their cultivars are the best choice to attract wildlife because they have evolved together. A white oak tree for example supports more than 500 kinds of butterflies and moths. While the invasive Bradford pear supports zero.

Here are a few of my favorites

Heavy nectar producer, drawing all kinds of pollinators
Insect eating birds visit the tree to feed on insects
Excellent fruit for a number of birds

A small graceful tree with fragrant flowers
Flowers attract butterflies
Mockingbirds, blue jays, pileated woodpeckers and cardinals love the fruit

Pollen and emerging leaves attract a long list of pollinators
Insect-eating migrating birds visit the tree looking for pollinating insects at work
Acorns are a major food source for a variety of wildlife

The fruits are a staple for 80 species of birds 
Including cedar waxwing named for this tree

Adapts to almost any growing condition and makes a good windbreak

Year-round beauty, flowers, berries and great fall color
Birds love the fruit and so will you!
Attracts early bees and butterflies

Many thanks to Bailey Nurseries for the images!

Bringing Life to Your Garden!
Have fun out there, Peggy Anne


  1. A garden that has biological herbs is always very useful and indeed a practical garden. My mother plants such biological plants and herbs as well and in the end they are very useful for us.

  2. Depending on the zone you live in. I get my starting from Parks Seed Company. I own my own nursery so I get them hole-sale.
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