Trees and shrubs stand up well for viewing from a distance through seasons and year after year. Many reward you with flower, foliage, hips and bark interest…here are a few to think about.

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Wedding Cake Tree (Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’)- tiered growth, flat heads of white summer flowers and vivid autumn leaves.


Acer_rubrum_'Scanlon' - autumn leaves

Acer_rubrum_’Scanlon’ – autumn leaves

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Scanlon’) – slow growing tree with dense, conical crown and glowing autumn colour.


Prunus serrula - bark

Prunus serrula – bark

Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrula) – peeling trunk and branches show gleaming red-brown new bark, which is particularly good in winter.


Rosa moyesii- flowers

Rosa moyesii- flowers

Shrub Rose (Rosa moyesii) – tall shrub with red single flowers all summer and shiny scarlet flask-shaped hips to follow.


Fuchsia magellanica- flower

Fuchsia magellanica- flower

Fuchsia magellanica – bushy shrub with a profuse show of dangling crimson and purple flowers from midsummer to October.


Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) – feathery plumes of pink flowers in July and deep purple leaves lightening to red in autumn.


Cercis siliquastrum - flowers

Cercis siliquastrum – flowers

Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) – pink spring flowers followed by heart-shaped leaves flushed red at first, then yellow in autumn. I also have Cercis s. ‘Forest Pansy’ here in Old School Garden– the leaves turn lovely shades of crimson and magenta in the autumn.

Source: ‘Good Ideas for your Garden’- Reader’s Digest (1995)

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