Making The Most Of Trees In Your Garden Design

Trees can enhance your health and well-being in many ways. They help produce oxygen, reduce pollution levels, and help conserve energy, so if your garden is filled with trees, then your family’s health and well-being are surely benefiting in many ways.


If you're thinking of giving your garden a new look and enhancing current features, small design changes can have a powerful result in terms of encouraging your family to spend more time outside. The following design ideas will help you get the best out of the most beautiful trees in your garden.

Highlighting Trees With An Understory


Understory plants - those which thrive under shade and cover the base of trees in lively green - are an excellent way to add ‘a touch of the wild’ to your garden. The key to picking the right species is to opt for plants that will not compete with the tree for water, as well as those that grow year-round so your tree space always looks lively and full.

When making your selection, you don’t need to go for exclusive green plants. Flowering plants and shrubs of various colors are a good choice if you're after a multi-hued effect. Just a few good choices include rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias and tree peonies.

Trees That Provide Welcome Shade


Depending on the use you intend to give your garden, ideal designs can vary greatly. There are wide, narrow, tall, short, evergreen and autumnal trees. Some are tiny enough to grow in pots; others need plenty of land to spread their roots.

If you want your garden to be the type of place that kids, pets and everyone else can enjoy endlessly (think of a tree as the perfect spot for reading, playing with kids or having a picnic), your garden should ideally have at least one classic shade-giving tree like a weeping willow, red maple, hybrid poplar or nuttall oak. These trees all grow big and strong but are also known for their rapid growth rates.

Finding A New Home For Unwanted Trees


A tree is a friend for life, yet sometimes there may be one or more trees you need to remove from your garden for reasons such as allergies or the fact that the trees are diseased or hazardous.

You should obtain help with this process form your city arborist division. The tree removal approval process varies from state to state. Usually, however, it involves inspection, application approval and removal. Be sure to check the procedure in your area before having unwanted trees removed.

An Interplay Of Color And Texture


To make your garden more inviting, an interplay of heights, colors and shapes will work well. You might pair up a heavenly weeping willow, for instance, with spherically sheared shrubs, green leafy cacti, and low-lying flower beds.

The differing effects help to create different ‘zones’ that can be used for different purposes - be it catching some rays, listening to music, or simply enjoying a walk along the paved portion of your garden.

Trees make a welcome addition to any garden, owing in no small part to their ability to add height and volume to your garden design. Shady trees, underscores, and a variety of textures and hues can make for a dynamic garden that inspires regular visits. Any tree that is dangerous or too ill to nurse back to life should be removed for safety reasons above all.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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