While this article is about the most impressive flowering trees that suit your compound, I will go out of my way to point which other uses each tree can be suitable for. For instance, apart from adding beauty to your home front yard, do you want the flowering trees to grow and become windbreakers in the future?
Are they going to form part of the privacy screens? Some trees act best as the focal points in your landscape. Others are better used as security hedge plants or as bedding plants.
We will find out which trees can serve these other purposes so that you make the right decision when choosing what to plant.
A mysterious peace and calmness accompany you when you walk through a flower garden. Flowering trees are beautiful and attractive, so they are an excellent addition to your home landscape, especially in the front yard where your guests will see them easily.
You are lucky if you see flowers when you open your windows in the morning. There are flowering shrubs and flowering trees.
Apart from beauty and attraction, flowering trees will also provide you with shade where you can cool off when the sun is burning hot. Furthermore, a well-balanced variety of flowers is what you need in your front yard if you want your yard to stand out during the spring.
Fortunately, there are flowering trees that carry on with the flowers to the summer, as we will find out.
It also benefits when the flowering tree also bears fruits, in which case you have food right in your front yard.
Anyway, is that flowering tree you have an eye on right for your front yard? It’s not all about planting flowering trees; if you do t the wrong way, you stand to regret. So you need to plan well.
Let’s see what you need to consider when choosing the right flowering tree for your compound.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Flowering Trees For Your Front Yard
The following are the factors you need to put into consideration as you select the appropriate flowering trees for your compound:
1. Your Taste
I have noted with dismay that there are homeowners who do certain things because the neighbors are doing it. As I explained elsewhere, the best place you can express your personality is at home.
Do not be a copycat in everything. Try to discover your inner self. What type of trees pleases you? Do you like maple leaves? Let your preference take center stage here. Go for the flowering trees you feel good watching.
2. Available Space
You may want to have many trees in your front yard, but if you have limited space, cramming the place with many trees is going to take away the beauty that the trees should bring. For instance, your lawns would be swallowed up.
You are not planting a forest, remember. For a small space, go for enough trees that fit well, leaving you room for the lawns. Planting one or two trees could be enough for your space.
3. The Type of Roots
Taproot flowering trees have their roots primarily heading downward. However, fibrous roots mostly grow horizontally therefore are going to compete for nutrients and space with your lawn grass and other flowering shrubs around it. Large fibrous roots can also break through your parameter wall, cracking it.
Such roots can also block the sewer line, preventing the sewage water from draining into the septic tank. If the roots penetrate beneath your house, expect cracks in the foundations. A tree with huge fibrous roots can damage your house as the roots continue to spread far and wide.
4. Height of the Tree
Some flowering trees eventually grow into long, uncontrollable sizes. They should not be in the compounds.
For instance, if you must plant heavy-duty timber trees like mahogany in your compound, your compound should be large enough so that you can plant it 70 meters away from the house or any other structure it may destroy. In this case, your home should be sitting on not less than two acres of land, not a 50 by 100 feet piece of land.
Overall, flowering trees with taproots are the best option for your compound. Did you know that Oaktree and Walnut trees have tap roots?
5. The Care the Tree Needs
Some trees need a high level of maintenance. You have to trim their overreaching branches, straighten them, etc. Other trees are less resistant to pests and diseases, so you have to be spraying them.
Some trees require you to be sweeping or raking the dead leaves daily because they shed leaves daily.
Trees that shed much pollen during their flowering season can also be challenging to maintain.
6. The Beauty the Tree Provides
Not all flowering trees are beautiful for your compound. You need to select the type that is going to provide real beauty. It helps if the trees blend well with the color of your house and other details.
7. Fruit or Non-fruit Tree
You can decide to go for fruit trees or flowering on-fruit trees.
8. Health and Safety
You should also consider your safety when selecting a flowering tree for your compound. There are good flowering trees but which are poisonous. Your children are more vulnerable if you plant trees whose leaves are poisonous.
So find out more about each tree you plan to plant. Then there are those trees like palm trees with heavy branches that can damage your house roof, injure you or even kill if one of the big branches falls.
There are plants whose pollen grains cause severe allergic reactions to most people, even for those who usually have no allergies. Planting such trees can put you in a tricky relationship with your neighbors.
That said, let us look at some of the best flowering trees that I believe help make the perfect landscape for your compound.
The Most Beautiful Flowering Trees for your Compound
Here are the best flowering trees for your front yard or compound:
Limelight is the most popular Hydrangea tree, and I believe it has to do with its majestic, visible-from-afar outlook. Hydrangea stands out when it is blooming in summer.
There is another blooming in later summer when many other trees are done with bloom. The whitish blooms are huge and spectacular.
Caring for Hydrangea Limelight is easy. Remember this is not a drought tree, so water it generously, especially during the dry or hot seasons. The soil should remain moist and well-drained. They grow throughout the United States, save for to dry areas.
If not pruned, many Hydrangeas never grow with a single stem like a typical tree. Left on their own, they take the form of shrubs, with multiple stems.
However, Hydrangea Limelight can grow into a tree with little help from you, and that’s another reason it is popular. All you have to do to turn it into a tree is prune one into a single stem when in the nursery.
Hydrangea Limelight is suitable for a home with a small compound because it grows to an average of only 18 feet, so it will not require much space.
There are several varieties of Lilac Tree, each with its own color, ranging from pink, white, purple, or blue. Some Lilac tree varieties are short while others are long, but both are suitable for your front yard landscape if you manage them appropriately.
The most popular one is the Syringa vulgaris lilac variety. It has the sweetest scent, and it is arguably the most beautiful lilac tree when blooming.
Its blooming consists of a cluster of flowers. However, you will only enjoy seeing the full bloom if you plant your lilac tree where it is exposed to the sun for at least 5 hours. You should also ensure the ground is not waterlogged because they are not comfortable with excess water.
Its fragrance is used to make beauty products like lotions and perfumes because the scent triggers sweet memories and sweet feelings.
If you plant it in your compound, standing near it or taking a nap under its cool shade might help relieve your stress and restore the happy mood.
Lilac is a low-maintenance tree, as long as you are willing to do regular pruning, which I consider fun, by the way. This is one of the things you should do on a lazy day. A lilac tree can also be a hedge plant.
This one originates from Japan. As the name suggests, Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Tree has dark foliage that resembles a diamond. The foliage color is dark all year-round; it has nothing to do with the season or climate. But the blooms themselves are purple, which blends perfectly well with the darkness around.
This tree requires low maintenance, being resistant to mild drought, thus requiring only limited watering. Again, it is highly resistant to the usual plant pests, like powdery mildew.
Since it grows in long or short sizes, you can use a Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Tree for different purposes at home, apart from letting it make a gorgeous contribution to your front yard beauty. For instance, it can be kept in a container and hang on the balcony.
You can also line them up along your driveway or the fence as screening plants if you need to add more privacy. You can always trim it to your desired height. It soon grows straight up.
I like this flowering tree because you can prune it to the shape you want.
If you want it to flower well, expose it to enough sunshine, drain the soil well, and do not apply too much nitrogen fertilizer.
When I think of Hibiscus Trees, what next comes into my mind are the beautiful hummingbirds and
butterflies that hover around them, searching for nectar but unknowingly adding to the beauty that the tree brings in the front yard.
This tropical flowering tree grows to about 15 feet. You can grow several or just one, depending on the size of your compound or home.
Provide a hibiscus tree with moist soil; only it should be well-drained, or else the roots would start rotting.
On the other hand, too little water means it wouldn’t flower well, so strike the right balance. The way out is to irrigate it so that you can drain out the unnecessary water around the base.
A jacaranda tree will provide your family with dependable shade throughout the year. This flowering tree grows fast and will only flower when it is fully grown. This may take time, so have patience. Soon, its long branches will cover your compound. It grows to a height of 19 meters.
Caring for this plant is super easy; it only needs the right climate. You may have to prune it when it is still young so that it can form one dependable trunk, after which everything else falls into place. Do not over-prune lest it grows with a distorted shape.
This is a deciduous tree, so its ferny compound leaves are sometimes shed in the spring or dry season. For that reason, do not plant it near a pool because its small leaves are going to litter the water. Ironically, it is during such season that the jacaranda tree blossoms, displaying lovely lavender-purple flowers.
If you have been to Florida, California, Texas, or any other southern state, you might have seen them dotting the pavements or parks.
By the way, we have a jacaranda tree in our compound, but it is a red-flower one. The leaves and the trunk are however similar to the blue-leaved jacaranda.
Golden Chain tree is going to grace your front yard with its beautiful, cool, bright, dripping cluster of bright yellow flowers that resemble a chain of gold and have a strong, compelling scent.
The blooming lasts for only a fortnight in late spring but a sight! Your compound is going to stand out, with neighbors passing by slowing their speed to have a better look.
The trunk and the stems are green. The Golden Chain tree grows to about 18 inches. The conducive climate for this flowering tree should be neither too warm nor too cold.
Truth be told: this flowering is not for the faint-hearted. Caring for a Golden Chain tree is not easy. First, its leaves need to be protected from sunscald, meaning it does well under some shelter. It is also susceptible to diseases like the canker, blight, and leaf spot. You will need to spray it to get rid of pests such as mealybugs or aphids as well.
It is a deciduous flowering tree, so there will be a time you have to rake away the dry leaves to keep your lawns tidy.
Although this native of southern Europe is so beautiful to behold, it is nonetheless poisonous from the end of its deepest roots to the tip of the highest branch.
In short, every bit of Golden Chain tree is deadly, so it can fatally harm you, your kids, pets, or animals. Interestingly, pests still enjoy feeding on it, so if you are going to plant it, buy a sprayer too.
You should only plant this beautiful flowering tree in your compound if you can control your children, pets, animals, and any other herbivore within your homestead. Better still, have it fenced and isolated.
A Washington Hawthorn Tree is often treated as a specimen; it provides a beautiful attraction and, therefore, suits your compound landscape. It is also loved for its cool shade because of its dense foliage. The same lush greenery qualifies them for privacy screens.
Furthermore, they make a perfect hedge tree due to its thorns.
Its red or black berries also attract the songbirds, whose melodies are going to gladden your heart. The clustering flowers range from red, white to pink and are at their prime in spring.
The Washington Hawthorn Tree grows to an average of 30 feet. The tree is vulnerable to diseases like fire blight, leaf blights, or apple scab. These diseases end up destroying the tree foliage.
The tree is easy to care for. It needs only a little pruning, especially at the base, to remove the wayward suckers. It tolerates harsh environments.
Originating from India and China, Althea Tree is perhaps best known as Rose of Sharon and is one of the best tropical flowering trees you can get for your home front yard landscape. Its large flowers come in white, purple, or red shades throughout the summer and
early to mid-fall, so you are going to enjoy seeing bright flowers for a long time, even at a time when other flowering trees are all leaves.
Butterflies and hummingbirds love its bright petals, so expect birds. You can add a birdbath in your front yard to attract more birds and bring more happiness to your compound.
It suits a homeowner with limited or small space.
Rose of Sharon grows to a maximum of 12 feet with a spread ranging from five to six feet. It is easy to take care of once you provide well-drained soil and full sun exposure.
The dogwood tree is more common in the eastern United States and is one of the most majestic flowering trees that add points to your front yard landscape by their simple beauty.
It is a relatively small flowering tree (20 feet maximum, after two decades) therefore it suits you if your front yard is not spacious enough.
The pink to white blooming runs through spring and fall. In summer, the tree’s foliage is an intense green that becomes a spectacular reddish-purple in fall.
In fall, the blooms give way to small red berries that the birds love so much. Again, this calls for a birdbath around this tree.
A Venus dogwood tree is easy to take care of because it is resistant to many diseases. Maintaining it is going to be easier if you plant it in partial shade. This is going to save you from having to water it daily. Well-drained soil is also a plus.
10. Prairifire Crabapple Tree
Prairifire Crabapple Tree is another flowering tree that brings a new color to your front yard color with every new season.
The blooms become red buds in the next season. The redbuds are soon purple flowers that remain on display for two weeks. The red berries that follow will nourish the singing birds in summer and throughout the winter period.
In summer, the Prairifire Crabapple Tree foliage is green, but this becomes bright orange in fall. The tree grows to about 20 feet in height and wideness.
This deciduous tree is low-maintenance once you have given it extra attention in its first year or so. It is also resistant to common tree diseases.
People ask where was the garden of Eden or where is the garden of Eden, and my answer is that it was in the Middle East but it should now be in your home.
Remember to have a well-laid down plan before you start planting your flowering trees in your compound. You may need a drilling tool and rooting fertilizers on standby.