One of the main objectives of my garden designs is to have something in bloom or have great foliage and structure in the garden all year long. It’s easier to do than you might think. When choosing plants, whether its a tree, shrub or perennial, think of how its going to look all year long.
Trees can have great shape or structure, interesting bark patterns, flowers, berries or fall color! They should be the backbone of your landscape. Choose them carefully because they are not only an investment in money but more importantly time. It takes 5-6 years for most trees to achieve their final shape and many years more to reach their full size. Trees that are making a splash right now in Western Colorado are Eastern Red buds, crab apples of all varieties and flowering plums to name a few. Next up will be the hawthorns and horsechestnuts.