Do you find that your backyard is lacking the oomph? The moment you get home from work slide open the doors and… nothing.
We help with landscape designs on a daily basis, one simple question every time is “how do I create a backyard that I actually want to use, one that I can have my friends and family over for and don’t feel an inch of embarrassment about?”
Well, I’m glad to say we have solved this problem multiple times and each and everyone one of them is different.
I can tell you that one of the biggest game changes you can ‘im-plant-ment’ (excuse the pun, I couldn’t help myself) is a feature tree!
When designing your Landscape we look at the spaces you want to create, the overall architecture and how space is to be used by your family.
When the backyard is flat and barren adding feature trees can achieve a sense of layering and depth.
The use of flowers can attract birdlife and create that living atmosphere you want along with the incredible scent. Imagine having your big grassy backyard with a gorgeous Randia Fitzlania (Native Gardenia) out in the yard, just creating that perfect spot to sit under and enjoy a book or (these days) catch up on the latest Netflix show.
Below are our recommended Top 10 Netflix trees — sooorrry, we mean Feature trees!
MAGNOLIA Grandiflora “TEDDY BEAR’’
This is an evergreen, upright growing Magnolia reaching 4m.
Being naturally dense in habit with a tight compact form it is ideally used in formal gardens.
The Magnolia leaves are large rounded glossy and dark green on top with felted bronze undersides.
The Magnolia has large white flowers that appear during the warmer months from late spring through to autumn.
Atractocarpus Fitzalanii “NATIVE GARDENIA”
Native gardenia is an Australian Native rain forest tree. As far as backyard shade trees, this one is hard to beat. It’s relatively small (5-6m in most situations), doesn’t have problem roots and is often as wide as it is tall, proving a great canopy.
As the name suggests these trees have a fragrant Gardenia-like flower in Spring.
The flowers may be followed with an edible fruit, that starts green and turns yellow once it ripens. Native gardenias are evergreen and low-mess. This plant can even be pruned to keep it as a large shrub or screening plant.
Cupaniopsis Anacardioides “TUCKEROO”
Australian native feature tree with a rounded shape and evergreen foliage. The roots are non-invasive making it popular with landscapers and often used in council gardens.
Tuckeroo plants establish quickly and live for 50 – 60 years at a tidy height of 5-8 metres. Cream flowers appear during autumn followed by bright orange, bird attracting fruit in spring.
Lagerstroemia Indica “CREPE MYRTLE“
This small, deciduous tree creates great interest throughout the year.
During summer clusters of white crepe-paper like flowers are produced
Following this, the dark green leaves add further interest as they transition into autumn, turning a rich bronze-red colour before falling. Bark also provides colour as the tree matures, with its flakiness revealing the rich, brown under-bark. A beautiful growth habit and resistant to mildew, this variety will tolerate periods of dryness once established This tree grows to around 3-4 metres.
Betula Nigra “RIVER BIRCH”
Fast-growing deciduous tree. The best birch for warm temperate climates up to tropical areas in far north Queensland. Red-brown bark peels to reveal a white trunk. Non-invasive root system. Butter yellow autumn foliage, upright uniform growth habit. Prefers moist to wet soils.
This tree grows 10m tall in residential environments and 4m wide. It is a useful tree to grow along rivers and dams where soil is often boggy.
Pyrus Capital “ORNAMENTAL PEAR TREE”
This tree has a narrow growth habit with luscious shiny green leaves that hang vertically from branches. An attractive curl in the foliage adds further interest and the slender, columnar shape lends itself well to tight spaces. In autumn, leaves turn a purpley-red colour and spring brings a beautiful display of lovely white flowers followed by small, russet-coloured fruits.
Delonix Regia “ROYAL POINCIANA”
The Poinciana is a magnificent species providing great shade as well as vibrant colour from red through to orange flowering throughout summer.
The Poinciana is best suited to a position in the back corner of a garden providing an umbrella canopy. Be aware that seed pods and flowers will drop, so keep this tree away from the house and from the driveway. The Poinciana is a slower grower – plant as mature a tree as you can afford. Look for a nice trunk and branches extending off as high as possible to ensure that you can fit your entertaining space – as well as tables and chairs – underneath.
Brachychiton Acerifolius “ILLAWARRA FLAME TREE’’
It is either deciduous (Shedding leaves) or evergreen depending on the position.
It forms an erect pyramidal habit with maple-like lobed leaves that are dark glossy green. The bell-shaped red flowers appear in a cluster during late spring normally without the leaves.
Liquidambar Styraciflua “LIQUID AMBER”
This is a cone-shaped tree which becomes rounded with age. It has beautiful finely toothed leaves which colour to shades of red, orange and purple during Autumn putting on a spectacular show. Flowers form in spring followed by spiky, woody, ball-like fruits which hang from the branches. Named Liquidambar due to its yellow reddish-brown sap.
Brachychiton Rupestris “Queensland Bottle Tree’’
This is a small to medium-sized tree with a characteristic bulbous trunk which gives rise to the common ‘bottle tree’ name.
Leaves are about 100 mm long and may have entire margins or be deeply lobed. The bell-shaped flowers are followed by seed capsules which contain many large seeds.
Dracaena Draco “Dragon Tree”
Not your typical tree, but what a feature specimen. A multi-stem Dracaena will definitely draw the attention it deserves. Preferring full sun, this slow-growing tree is suitable near the coast.
The tree looks sensational when lit up from below or planted in front of a feature wall.
It has long, blade-like leaves and is used as a foliage plant.
It will however flower and when this occurs, the branch is likely to divide and branching will occur.
As the name suggests, these flowers only come in shades of pink and white.
The Plumeria Obtusa is also known as an evergreen frangipani, in the right climate, they will keep their leaves all year round. The leaves are glossy, dark green, long and oval. The ends of the leaves, however, are more rounded than those of the Plumeria Rubra.
Life was made for living, So get out there and plant a feature tree that will accentuate your life and give you that wow factor!