To create a perfectly serene and harmonious landscape design in your own yard is not an easy task to accomplish. To ensure your property and garden withhold that sense of peace and tranquility, there are certain factors you should seriously take into consideration. You want to design a yard that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as practical. When selecting trees and shrubs to plant, upkeep and maintenance of are important factors to consider during the selection process. Certain plants and shrubbery upkeep costs can be surprisingly staggering, and the failure to maintain said upkeep may result in the death of your plants and the collapse of your garden. We compiled a list of some of the best low-maintenance trees to plant in your yard this coming spring.
Crape Myrtle: Lagerstroemia
Crape Myrtles add excellent aesthetic value to any property. These trees are true survivors, capable of surviving harsh sunlight, and even drought. They grow to be anywhere between 15-25 feet high, and 6-15 feet wide. One of their wonderful defining characteristics is their ability to bloom in the summer months, long after blooming season finishes for most other trees. Crape Myrtles bloom in purples, reds, pinks, and whites, offering an extensive selection of color for the perfect garden.
Japanese Maple: Acer Palmatum
A deciduous shrub, or a small tree, Japanese Maples only grow to a height of 15-30 feet, but spread to 20 feet at maturity. Widely used in Japanese and East Asian gardens, this tree adds just the right amount of grace and elegance to any yard. It’s attractive deep reddish, purplish foliage make it a great ornamental tree, creating visual interest to the entirety of its surrounding landscape. It is likely to thrive in most temperatures, except in climates where sunlight is potent and lengthy. Moist soil is ideal for a Japanese Maple to grow full and strong and offers some drought resistant qualities.
Northern Red Oak: Quercus Rubra
Northern Red Oaks are solid trees that can rise up to heights of 300 feet and taller. Unfortunately if you plant it, you might never get to see the Red Oak fully mature, as it takes about 150 years – or more than a few generations. These trees are most revered for their shading abilities, and their beautiful red hue in the autumn months. Northern Red Oaks require little maintenance, and are true survivors through the test of time. You might not live long enough to enjoy their complete maturity, but they add true value to any garden at whatever stage.
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Blossom): Prunus x Yedoensis
Another popular tree in Japanese and East Asian Gardens, Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees have become famous all throughout the world for their characteristically beautiful white-pink flowers. These trees are not very tall, but they can spread from 25-40 feet fully mature. Although these trees prefer moist and well-draining soil, they can tolerate and endure in less than ideal climates and soil conditions. Bugs like caterpillars and aphids are their biggest enemies, so try to keep their surroundings as pest free as possible. Their delicate, beautiful, stunning colors add aesthetic appeal to any garden.
Eastern Red Cedar: Juniperus Virginiana
These trees can easily grow to heights of 40-50 feet, spreading between 8-20 feet. Perhaps the most resilient and adaptable tree, they are able to grow in just about any soil-type. Gardens often use the Eastern Red Cedar as a windbreaker, or screen against sun and wind. These trees love sunlight, so be sure to plant them in an area where they can absorb a lot of rays. Birds love the Red Cedar’s berries and foliage, making them a great dwelling space for all types of Aves. This beautiful tree can fit well in just about any garden.
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