Small yards do not mean small choices when it comes to trees!
Before considering what shrubs and perennials to plant, decide on the trees you want first. Trees can eliminate unpleasant views in the neighborhood such as utility boxes, the neighbor’s driveway, etc. If you view your yard from a particular window(s), make sure that these views (as seen from inside your home) are also enhanced by the placement of your trees.
After the trees are planted, the flow of gardens can be formed in such a way that the trees became the ‘anchor’ position in the beds. Dig the beds far enough away from the tree trunks to accommodate any shrubs or perennials that you may want to choose later.
Trees are one of the stalwarts of any urban property, large or small. They enhance our quality of life by bringing serenity and privacy, assist with moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water and offering wildlife habitat. If your own piece of urban landscape is a small yard you might think your choices are limited. That defeatist attitude is unfounded, there are a number of deciduous tree options for the space-challenged urban home owner.
Shade trees help us to create a sense of intimacy in the yard, as well as help protect the home from the sun's blinding rays and make it easier to open the windows and blinds. If the yard is small, though, it can be difficult to find a shade tree that doesn't interfere with power lines, satellite dishes and other home essentials. Fortunately, there are options available.
is grown as either a small single trunk or multi-stemmed tree. Attractive, glossy green leaves in summer give way to intense fall shades of crimson-red. The branches have an Asian flavour. (Zone 2)
This small ornamental tree has bronze-green lobed foliage turning a blend of orange, red and yellow in fall. At maturity it is about 20 feet high by 12 feet wide. The grey bark and branching gives it a Japanese maple characteristic. (Zone 3)
This is quickly becoming one of the most popular, sought-after trees in gardens! Hot wings is a graceful, upright tree with a bit of a spreading habit. Its mature height is about 20 feet. Little yellow flowers are followed by brilliant red samaras (seeds) that linger for a good part of the summer! These hot-red
Amur maple Korean maple. Hot Wings maple.