Trees for Your GardenFrom maples to magnolias, find the perfect tree for any spot in your garden
Lollipop® crabapple. Photo: Spring Meadow Nursery.
Finding the right tree for your home garden can be a challenge. Whether you are looking to add a bit of shade to your property or to screen a view of a neighboring home, trees are often the solution. Ornamental trees can also be used to create a focal point in your garden. Fruit trees are also beautiful and can be grown in orchard fashion or incorporated into your garden.
ON THIS PAGE:
When selecting a tree, you may feel a bit like a kid in a candy store. There are small trees that can be grown in pots if you don’t have a lot of room and large trees more suited for a pastoral setting. Furthermore, there are trees with weeping branches and ones that flower profusely; trees that are tall and narrow and ones that are low and wide; trees that are evergreen and ones that put on an impressive autumn show then drop their leaves. You can get a tree with a single, stout trunk or one with multiple slender trunks. And the list doesn’t stop there.
Popular trees amongst home gardeners include dogwoods, maples, cypresses, cherries, magnolias, birches, crape myrtles, and many more. Use the resources below to determine what types of trees you are attracted to and how to work them into the design of your own garden.
TYPES OF TREES
Discover varieties to try, along with basic care and planting tips.
How to plant, care for, and use birch trees in your garden.
Learn how evergreen trees can be used to create a beautiful backbone for a four-season garden.
Showy spring flowers and brightly colored fruit make these ornamental trees an attractive addition to any garden.
Add a punch of late-summer and fall color with crape myrtle trees.
Celebrate the end of winter with an explosion of pink blossoms.
Ornamental cherry trees herald the coming of spring with a profusion of pink blossoms.
America’s most popular native flowering tree thrives in the home garden.
Multi-seasonal appeal and reliability are hallmarks of this common landscape plant.
Nothing beats Japanese maples for center of attention drama and vivid fall color.
How to plant and care for saucer magnolia, southern magnolia, and more.
Learn the basics and get tips for pruning, harvesting, and overwintering olive trees indoors..
Add a splash of color and contrast to your yard or garden with purple-leaf plum trees.
Favorite flowering tree picks for bright color and reliable performance.
Modest in size and showy in all seasons, these 12 evergreen trees provide year-round color and structure .
DESIGNING WITH TREES
Nothing else signals the seasonal shift as beautifully as these native trees.
Discover how to make the most of new and old trees alike.
Take a close-up look at the intricate bark of eight trees, and read four tips on how to design with bark.
Get recommendations for fruit-bearing and ornamental trees that work great as espaliers, plus tips and tricks for training them.
Doug Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware, shares how you can plant an oak tree in your own backyard.