Trees and shrubs are the four-seasons backbone of the landscape. Create an eye-catching vignette with these woody plants in your garden.

By Jenny Krane
Updated May 23, 2019

This garden displays small shrubs among three 'Royalty' crabapple trees. The crabapples have much to offer: crimson flowers in spring, tiny ornamental fruits in fall and winter, and purple foliage throughout the growing season. An evergreen, blooming groundcover of vinca blankets the foreground. The daffodils are optional. Plant in a sunny exposure.

For all its beauty, this garden requires very little input from the gardener-it's truly low-maintenance. The choice of alternative trees will change the character of the garden. Upright forms, such as the crabapple or beech, give the garden a regal feeling. The broader, informal growth habit of redbuds lends the more natural look of a woodland garden. A multiple-trunked tree may be used in the corner of the planting rather than three separate trees.

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Add unbeatable height (with the added benefit of privacy) to your yard with this stunning, all-season garden.

Garden size: 11x13 feet

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Left: Jerry Pavia
Center: Jay Wilde
Right: Kritsada Panichgul

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Optional Plants

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Comments (1)

April 28, 2020
The link doesn't work for this plan. I really want it!! But it gives an error when you click on download. Please fix!