Does your garden seem a bit bare? Spatially challenged, with not much room to make changes? Enhancing the aesthetics of your garden, without using up all the available space, can be a challenge. Dependent upon your tastes, the soil conditions, the vegetation already in yours and your neighbours gardens, are all contributing factors that can affect your decision.
If having a tree in your small garden is something that appeals to you, but you're not sure one will fit - think again! There are a number of trees that can successfully grow in a small garden. Here are a few suggestions.
Why do You Want a Tree in Your Garden?
Have you considered your motives for wanting a tree in your garden? Reasons could vary from the need for shade, privacy (blocking your neighbours view into your garden) wanting extra bloom and colour or harvesting fruit.
Trees for Small Gardens
If you are still not quite sure what you want your tree to do, here are a few suggestions and how they could benefit your small garden.
These trees are slow-growing and won't block out the light for your entire garden. In autumn their leaves turn a flash of radiant colours. They lose their leaves in winter so more sunlight can reach your house and leaves grow back in the spring to block the sun's rays.
These small palms can really make your garden stand out. They can accentuate a number of garden styles from the standard to the exotic. Some types of hardy palms that do well in the UK are the Mediterranean Fan Palm and the Mexican Blue Palm.
The Japanese dogwood is a very popular tree in the United States due to its blooms. It has a small white flower. The Cornus Florida known as "White Cloud" named so because of its cloud-like appearance. When it blooms it would be an asset to any small garden.
The Betula Utilis also known as the "Snow Queen" will enliven any small garden with its stark white, exfoliating bark in winter. Its mustard catkins enhance mid-sized, ovate mid-green foliage during the spring. When autumn arrives, its foliage changes to a blazing golden yellow. It's favoured for its slim form and well suited for smaller gardens. It can reach a height of seven meters within twenty years and is a durable tree that will grow in most types of soil.
Not only do Crab Apples provide great tasting fruit, they are hardy and loaded with blossoms in the spring. This tree is a favourite for gardens not only in the UK but in Canada and the United States as well. You can bake pies or make jelly from these plentiful trees.
These are a favourite for urban gardens. These evergreens, with serrated leaves, produce fragrant flowers and can grow up to eight meters. They are perfect for gardens in the city that only get partial shade because of the proximity of buildings to one and other.
So, if you want a tree in your small garden, these are just a snap-shot of what's available to buy. It really does depend on your preference as to which you should choose.