When planning for an exceptional landscape, you want to consider both visual appeal and functionality. There are a number of trees and shrubs that can provide beauty, shade, protection and privacy throughout the year. For those who truly wish to transform their landscape into a natural paradise, using flowering trees and shrubs that attract wildlife, especially birds, is the key to a truly remarkable landscape.
To maximize the time in which your landscape displays its colors and brings in birds and other wildlife, you should select a mix of early and late blooming shrubs and trees. With flowers in bloom to attract insects and berries to feed the many small birds that feed on seeds and small fruits, a well planned landscape can be teeming with life year-round. There are a number of shrubs and trees that can help accomplish this.
Sunrise forsythia is an excellent shrub for creating moderately sized privacy hedges or borders. This shrub grows between 4 to 6 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet wide. The sunrise forsythia put out the brilliant yellow flowers that are well known to many and are equally popular amongst people and local fauna.
For a lower lying hedge, the Tor spirea makes a colorful selection for creating a mid-sized border or hedge. The Tor spirea shrub grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet and about the same in width as well. Beyond just making an excellent mid-ranged barrier, the Tor spirea has very attractive foliage that alternates from a deep, verdant green in summertime to a stunning red in the fall. The Tor spirea produces tight clusters of small white flowers which attract a number of insects and birds.
Eastern redbuds can grow up to 30 feet high and can often reach a similar length in spread. This makes them well suited for shade and privacy trees. Though not the most impressive year-round, in the spring the eastern redbud really shows its true colors.
In spring, eastern redbud trees put out eye-popping, light purple flowers across their leafless branches. Because redbuds produce their flowers while the branches are still bare, they offer a singularly vivid sensory experience. Their vivid colors draw the eye as well as local wildlife.
The saucer magnolia is comparable to the eastern redbud in height. This stunning flowering tree goes into bloom slightly later than it sister species, the popular star magnolia. Nevertheless, the saucer magnolia is still an early bloomer. The large, saucer-shaped flowers (from which it gets its name) can vary in color from deep purple to light rose and display a pale center.
Using Flowering Trees and Shrubs
All plants produce flowers of a sort. However, selecting those that offer the greatest beauty balanced with functionality is the key to attracting wildlife to your landscape and increasing your overall enjoyment. Nothing compares to looking out of your window onto a vista of rich colors, both of your plants and the birds which they attract.