For variety- incorporate colorful-trees in the design

The use of colorful-trees in the landscape to create contrast, and also for variety is something you may consider. Nothing is more boring than too much of the same thing. A row of trees that are all the same, or the use of a hedge and nothing else is what I'm talking about. You need to mix it up a little.

If you are creating a row of trees, try alternating varieties that contrast each other with height shape or color. If you want to keep your landscape simple, that's understandable, but the addition of a colorful variety to a row of trees, or even just one interesting specimine tree to a simple front yard, shows thay you have some artisic ability and a desire to make the world more beautiful.

Flowering plum and some varieties of Maple have red or redish leaves during the growing season. This is a color common in fall but not usually seen in summer. Combining different colors with trees keeps the landscape from becoming boring. The use of a tree with dark bark or even green bark can to a similar job. Another way to create depth to the look when there are several trees is to use light and dark colors next to each other when placing trees. Your eyes can see the different trees and shapes more easily and the landscape will seem more crisp in appearance.

colorful palm tree

A great way to add color to the landscape using trees is to incorporate palm trees. Not only color but also a difference in textures also. The brown woody color and texture of the palm trunk contrasted to the leafy green fronds and given a 3-D effect using landscape lighting will extend the ability to enjoy the landscape, and add dimension to any yard.

The use of an occasional flowering tree as a center piece or a cornerstone plant also can achieve this goal. Usually flowering trees don't have that color all year long so you will also give seasonal variety when using one of these.

A good example of this is the flowering pear tree. I love to use these when exposure permits, (they must be protected from the wind) because they are the first sign of life in the spring. When you see the fluffy white flowers pop out of this tree, you know that within just a couple more weeks the leaves will begin to grow and flowers will be seen everywhere.
Consider the landscape-maintenance when selecting a specific variety of colorful-tree for your landscape. Some are clean and others are a whole lot of work. Cleaning up the flowers from a mimosa or silk tree, in the early summer and then the leaves in the fall, and then after that the seed pods in winter, schooled me in the art of selecting clean trees. Do your homework, ask around, get several opinions about the different varieties you can use in your area.

Atlas Cedar Tree

Colorful-Trees help create curb appeal. by drawing your eyes toward key elements of the landscape.




A particular tree that has more interest than others because of its contrast and variety of color and shape, will catch your eye and turn heads. A good landscape artist always wants his work to be noticed, and the use of these is an excelent way to do this.

Dianthus Flowers ( telestar mix )

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