7 Ways to Grow Flowers

Written By Steps To Faculty Published June 7th, 2010

Flowering landscape trees are the crown jewels of the yard. Perhaps no other plants, individually, can have as great an impact on how a yard looks in spring. Browse the articles to which I’ve linked below for information on particular varieties of flowering landscape trees.

Step 1: Crape Myrtles: Landscape Trees of the South

A popular choice in flowering landscape trees for Southerners, crape myrtles have a long blooming period (mid-summer to fall). The blooming clusters of these flowering landscape trees come in pink, white, red and lavender. The clusters appear on the tips of new wood. Northerners can sometimes get away with treating these flowering landscape trees as perennials that die back in winter but come back in spring.

Step 2: Trees

Not all specimens with a weeping habit are flowering landscape trees, but there are several weeping varieties that do bloom, headed by four types of cherry.

Step 3: Saucer Magnolias

The size and shape of the blooms are what suggested the common name for these flowering landscape trees. You want a specimen with a brilliant bloom as big as a saucer.

Step 4: Rose of Sharon

Although some people think of it as a landscape “tree” (because it gets tall and can be pruned so as to have a single trunk), rose of sharon is, in fact, a flowering shrub. The fact that it blooms relatively late — and for a long time — makes it a valuable plant for those looking to distribute their yard’s color display throughout the growing season.

Step 5: Flowering Landscape Trees and Shrubs for Spring

Some of the flowering landscape trees and shrubs that brighten our spring seasons include the redbud, callery pear and crabapple.

Step 6: Hawthorn: Late-Blooming Landscape Trees

Washington hawthorn trees are perhaps most valued for the time at which they bloom (late spring to early summer). Many of the popular flowering specimens bloom earlier in the spring, and while their blossoms are pleasant sights for eyes sore from winter’s barrenness, they desert us too quickly!

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