When the famous poet, Joyce Kilmer, wrote his poem, "Trees," he must have been inspired by the sight of flowering dogwood trees, lemony forsythia and fuchsia azaleas that create riots of color in spring. From his upstairs bedroom in Mahwah, New Jersey, Kilmer must have seen arrays of tulip trees bursting forth in bloom. New Jersey's Ramapo Valley has a wealth of redbud trees, stately oaks and graceful maples in abundance. By the time snowy hydrangea bushes bloomed in late summer, Kilmer's famous poem was about be the icon of the Arbor Day Foundation. These are some of the favorite spring blooming trees and shrubs whose place in gardening are well represented.
Choose Spring Blooming Trees and Shrubs Carefully. The themes for spring gardens help determine the type of spring blooming trees and shrubs that produce the most color, aroma and beauty to the landscape. Spring gardens require design and planning to create a traditional or contemporary appeal. Design is important to achieve symmetrical or conical stature in spring blooming trees.
For example, redbud trees grow 15 to 25 feet in height and are covered with masses of rosy-hued blossoms in spring. As seasons evolve, blossoms are replaced by glossy green, heart-shaped leaves and in autumn, brilliant golden yellow foliage. These suit a traditional or contemporary style garden.
Flowering dogwood trees are suited to traditional gardens. Traditional flowering dogwoods are white with deep scarlet striations in the center of the blooms. However, many of today's flowering dogwood trees are available in hybrid colors of pink and red. These grow 20 to 30 feet tall and should be planted 15 to 25 feet apart. They bloom when the tree is four to six feet tall. Tulip trees also need room to grow and should be spaced at least 15 feet apart.
A Graceful Garden of Shrubbery
No garden is complete without shrubbery. The first blooming shrub is forsythia. Forsythia is quite hardy in most growing zones, easy to grow in full sun and multiplies easily. Simply cut an eighteen inch branch of this plant before it blooms and plant it about six inches deep in the soil. Water weekly and give it a dose of a light fertilizer after it loses its bloom. Hydrangea bushes are also quite hardy. Roots need to be planted in deep soil. Azaleas are also hardy once they begin to bloom. These shrubs prefer peaty soil.
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