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Trees are one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces. Coming in all different shapes and sizes, they can add a unique visual flair to any landscape. Trees can be used to create borders around your property, make a cool entrance for a long driveway, or even simply create some much-needed shade from the Texas sun.

There are many different types of trees to choose from to create different styles for your Fort Worth landscaping. The brilliant landscape design minds from Landscape By Design have created this guide to help you spruce up your landscaping with trees! Here are some of our favorite styles and tips!

The Different Styles of Trees

There are many different styles of trees that bring a particular look or feel to your outdoor space. From flowering trees to multi-stem trees, you will find an endless world of possibilities to create the landscape of your dreams. Here are some of our style suggestions:

Multi-Stem Trees

Multi-stem trees bring a natural element to your landscaping, almost as if you had your very own forest or woods. The stems often intertwine, giving the tree a mythical look while leading the eyes to the other beautiful plants that surround it, such as rose bushes, vibrant green hedges, or even a unique outdoor feature such as a small garden table or fountain

Texas Flowering Trees

Flowering trees work well alongside borders and are often smaller than your average tree. Most species of flower trees bloom in the spring or have fruits in the fall. Some of the most popular types of flowering trees are the Texas Mountain Laurel, the crape myrtle, and the purple leaf plum.

Here is a closer look at these beautiful flowering trees:

  • Crape Myrtle
    • Available in various flower colors ranging from vibrant pink to soft lavender
    • Trunk colors and thickness also vary from species to species
    • Enjoy bright sunlight
    • Need only moderate watering
    • Little to no maintenance required to keep them healthy
    • Blooms in the summertime
  • Purple Leaf Plum
    • Flowers can bloom in either pink or white
    • Purple or reddish (depending on species) leaves that stay all year round
    • Need full or partial shade to thrive
    • Needs moderate watering
    • Attracts bees, making it great for gardens
    • Grows one to two feet per year
  • Texas Mountain Laurel
    • Drought-tolerant
    • Able to withstand the occasional freeze
    • Needs good drainage to thrive
    • Growls well even in rocky terrains or in limestone
    • Needs full or partial sunlight
    • Blooms in March with purple blossoms
    • Slow growing

Landscaping Around Your Trees

Little tree lit up by outdoor lighting

While selecting the right type of tree for your landscaping is important, it is equally important to ensure that you are paying attention to its surroundings. The base of the tree is often neglected as individuals feel putting anything around the base would harm the tree. Thankfully, that is not the case. Here is what our experts recommend.

Understory Plants

Placing drought-tolerant plants underneath your trees is a clever way to fill out the base of the tree while ensuring that the plants will not compete for water. Perennials, drought-tolerant species of grasses, and other types of smaller plants can provide a unified look to your tree and the surrounding landscape. The varying colors between the bright greens, the dark or lightness of the tree trunks, and the gorgeous leaves will create a unique aesthetic that your guests will not be able to stop looking at.

Stone and Mulch

If you are looking to separate your trees from the rest of your garden, you can use a cute stone border with mulch. Avoid covering the stem of the tree with the mulch and make sure you apply new mulch every season. This will feed the tree the nutrients it needs to survive while keeping the ground around the tree from getting dried out too quickly after watering, allowing the tree to get the water it needs.

Placing a Patio Around Your Tree

If you are looking to make a particular tree part of your backyard, you can always invest in expanding or building a patio around the base of the tree. This makes use of the bare section at the bottom of the tree that many homeowners dislike and provides more space to enjoy your yard.

The best part is, this helps your tree as it reduces foot traffic that often compacts soil and stresses out the tree’s roots. Make sure there are small gaps between the patio and the tree so that water can naturally get to the soil below and water your tree.

With Landscape By Design, The Possibilities Are Endless

If you are looking to incorporate beautiful ornamental trees around your landscape or are looking for a team to help your landscape reach its full potential, Landscape By Design can help! We have been proudly serving the homeowners of Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with their landscaping for years, and each job is a masterpiece. Find out why more people are putting their trust in our landscaping design team; contact us today!