Nice trees for the garden

Nice trees for the garden

Tips for choosing and landscaping

However, you should not only choose your garden tree based on criteria such as beauty and personal taste, because then a nasty surprise will be waiting for you in a few years: Trees need a suitable location so that they can grow and thrive healthily, also depending on the type and Sort more or less space. So for small gardens, you shouldn't necessarily choose a cherry tree, oak or spruce. Here you have the choice between many small or narrow varieties that do not threaten to blow up any space and therefore have to be shortened or even felled at some point.

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Deciduous trees

If you want to plant a deciduous tree, you can choose between countless species and varieties. Fruit trees are not only beautiful, they are also good to eat. These are available in different sizes and growth forms, so that the right apple or cherry tree can be found for every garden. But there is also a large selection of ornamental trees.

Deciduous trees for large gardens

If you have a lot of space, you can of course put an imposing deciduous tree in your garden. The walnut tree (Juglans regia) is one such tree that can grow up to 30 meters high and develop a very wide, spreading crown. In earlier times the species was a popular, shade-giving yard tree. A linden (Tilia), beech (Fagus), maple (Acer), birch (Betula) or chestnut (Aesculus) also impress. There are different shapes of the individual species that provide variety - for example through a special flower or bark color.

Deciduous trees for small gardens

Nowadays, however, most gardens are quite small, so that a huge deciduous tree does not fit in - especially since most people have neighbors right next door who often do not like such impressive garden decorations due to the shadows cast. Dwarf fruit or ornamental fruit species fit well in small gardens, and they also inspire in spring with their lavish white or pink flowers. But small trees such as the manna ash (Fraxinus ornus), magnolia (Magnolia), snowdrop tree (Halesia carolina) or witch hazel (Hamamelis intermedia) are mainly planted because of their beautiful flowers.


In contrast to many deciduous trees, conifers, with the exception of larch, are evergreen. Their leaves are typically needle-shaped, often pointed, the growth form strict with a naturally well-articulated structure. Conifers are extremely versatile: Depending on the type and variety, they are suitable for solitary as well as for group planting, they are perfect hedges for privacy and wind protection as well as for the design of garden areas. Feel free to plant different species with different heights, growth forms and needle colors - you won't have much work to do with this planting in the right location.

Conifers for large gardens

Large, imposing species such as the spruce (Picea), the fir (Abies), the cedar (Cedrus), some pine species (Pinus), the Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and the larch (Larix) only fit in very large gardens with a lot of distance to the neighbors. These conifers shouldn't be planted in a normal sized garden as they can reach heights of more than 20 meters in a few years. In addition, their growth cannot be limited by cutting measures, on the contrary: cutting the tip can have bad consequences. You should definitely pay attention to good soil quality and sufficient plant spacing so that the trees stay healthy as long as possible.

Conifers for small gardens

Small-sized pine species such as the Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera'), the blue white pine (Pinus parviflora) or the dwarf white pine (Pinus strobus 'Radiata') have proven themselves in small gardens. The European yew (Taxus baccata) often thrives very well in the shade and is ideal for topiary and hedge trees. Other beautiful conifers for small gardens are the occidental arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), many types of juniper (Juniperus) and dwarf firs such as the dwarf cork fir (Abies lasiocarpa 'Compacta') or the Korean fir (Abies koreana).

Unusual garden trees

Fruit trees, spruces, firs, junipers ... if you are looking for unusual garden trees, you can choose between these types:

  • Chinese bluebell tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
  • Gingko or fan leaf tree (Ginkgo biloba)
  • Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), also called cake or gingerbread tree
  • Plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia)
  • Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), also called the pigeon tree
  • Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Many forms of hanging or mourning, such as hanging birch trees, weeping willows, etc. also look interesting and unusual.


If it doesn't have to be a house tree, you can plant a large shrub - for example a rhododendron, lilac or a rock pear.