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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Trees

The best choices should have great blooms, colorful foliage, or interesting texture

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

Trees are a big deal. Once planted, they will change the garden around them and become the backbone of the landscape. They are the part of our gardens that will survive beyond us to impress and inspire future generations. On a more practical note, trees cool our beds, borders, and houses in summer; add value to our property; and remove pollutants from the air. In a world where garden space is shrinking, it’s easy to think that there is no room for trees. But landscapes without trees are like rooms without a ceiling. With a little searching, a huge selection of trees can be found that fit nearly any need.

Venus® dogwood, Cornus ‘KN30-8’, Zones 6 to 8, Special feature: Huge flowers. Photo: Marg Cousens/gapphotos.com

Before you plant, be sure that you know how tall and wide the tree can grow, how much sun it will need, and…

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