5 Four-Season Trees for Small Gardens

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Selecting trees for small gardens — keep the bar high and allow entrance to only those trees that earn their keep.

The larger the footprint, the more I ask of a plant, and delivering multi-season appeal is a surefire shortcut to making the cut. Trees are held to the highest standard, particularly in small gardens, where space is tight and we’re limited to growing only a choice few.

Top designers turn to these trustworthy small trees time and time again. The eGardenGo site has plant combo ideas that incorporate these trees in planting combinations. So when you find one that tickles your fancy, follow the link for inspiring planting combination ideas to try in your garden. Hurry along now, your dream garden awaits.

VINE MAPLE (Acer circinatum ‘Pacific Fire’)

Pacific Fire is a cultivated variety of our Pacific Northwest native vine maple.

WHY: fresh foliage in spring and summer • fall color • red stems in winter

PAPERBARK MAPLE (Acer griseum)

Cinnamon colored exfoliating bark of the paperbark maple (Acer griseum) is especially lovely when backlit in winter.

WHY: showy, exfoliating cinnamon-colored bark • handsome foliage spring and summer • fall color

CRAPE MYRTLE (Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’)

Lagerstroemia x ‘Natchez’ — a white blooming crape myrtle with wonderful bark.

WHY: sinuously smooth bark • panicles of white summertime blooms • fall color

TALL STEWARTIA (Stewartia monadelpha)

An especially wonderful specimen of Stewartia monadelpha at the Platt Garden in Portland, Oregon.

WHY: summer blooms • fall color • mahogany bark looks great year-round

JAPANESE STEWARTIA (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

Stewartia pseudocamellia — Japanese Stewartia

WHY: white flowers in summer • fall color • exfoliating bark with interesting patchwork pattern

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Originally published at www.egardengo.com.