Flowering trees can have an incredible impact on the look and feel of your yard and landscape. Many flowering trees are interesting to look at all year long, while others don’t bloom as frequently. One of the great things about flowering trees is that even without other plants in your garden, they can make a big statement and add to the overall appeal of your landscape.
At Odyssey Landscapes, we love helping our clients choose the best options for plants and other landscape features for their home or business. When clients are curious about the best flowering trees to incorporate in their landscape, there are several we tend to recommend. As professional landscapers, we take pride in knowing which plants do best in different climates and landscapes.
Today, we’re happy to share with you some of the best flowering trees to plant in Australia. Depending on your exact location and the size of your garden or yard, not all of these options will be right, but this is a great place to start!
Golden Chain Trees
These trees grow between 5-7m and remain fairly erect. Their flowers usually appear in early to mid-spring and at the same time, new leaves show up too. These trees do well with full sun exposure and need a long winter as well. Your basic garden soil will work well with golden chain trees, but proper drainage must be in place.
Throughout the world, there are many species of this tree. In Australia, we typically only see two. One has golden flowers and the other has pink. Either one will flower in August or September, and they grow quite quickly. Trumpet trees tend to be at their best in Brisbane or north of Brisbane, and they can grow to 10-15m tall.
Dogwood trees do well with cold winters and hot, humid summers. Its flowers are white, pink or red. In the autumn, the leaves will turn a deep red before falling off. These trees often grow quite wide but tend to only reach heights of about 5m.
A crepe myrtle tree can grow to between 3-6 meters high and equally as wide. They’re one of the most popular flowering trees to grow, and they’re beautiful during any month of the year. They also come in a variety of colours and shapes, so there’s an option to suit any taste and style. Crepe Myrtles tend to flower while they’re young, and spent heads should be removed once they’ve flowered.
Jacarandas flower at different times throughout Australia, either in the spring or summer. They can grow between 8-15m high and 6-10m wide so they’re best-suited for big yards. One thing to keep in mind with these trees is that they can take several years to flower, so patience is a must.
Ivory Curl Trees
If you want a flowering tree that’s the talk of the town, consider the ivory curl with its breathtaking flowers that cover the tree from summer to autumn. They can grow between 7-9m high and 3-4m wide, and their tassel-like flowers are always stunning. The ivory curl is native to northeast Queensland and can grow in sun or shade. Something to keep in mind is that they do tend to attract bees.
The evergreen magnolia is a more compact, yet still beautiful, version of the Magnolia Grandiflora. This variety is also referred to as “Little Gem,” and peaks in the summer. It can either be used as a feature tree, or as a dense hedge and work well as either.
These are just some of the best flowering trees for gardens in Australia, but we also wanted to share some tips for choosing the perfect flowering tree for your garden.
Tips for Choosing Flowering Trees for Your Landscape
We talk more about choosing feature trees for your landscape here. If it’s a flowering tree you’ll go with for a feature tree, these are a few of the considerations to keep in mind when you shop for it:
- Consider the size of the tree versus the size of your garden or yard. For example, a small garden would be best suited to a flowering tree that doesn’t grow more than a few meters. But if you have more space to work with, taller and wider trees could fit perfectly.
- The tree’s shape. Depending on where in your yard or garden the trees will be planted can affect the shape that would work best. Some flowering trees tend to grow taller than wider, so if you’re tight on space, these would work best.
- Maintenance and care for the plant. Some plants take more work than others to help them thrive. If you’re looking for a low maintenance flowering tree, the Dogwood is a great option. But hiring professional landscapers to care for your plants and yard is another option.
- Where in your garden or yard the tree will be planted. Surrounding your backyard pool with gorgeous flowering trees might sound like a good idea, but there’s an important thing to keep in mind: when the leaves and flowers fall off, they’ll likely end up in your pool. This can be inconvenient for homeowners and cause problems with pool filters. In many cases, choosing an area away from the pool is the best spot for flowering trees. Then, other leafy plants that won’t constantly be shedding into your pool will be a better choice in that area. Palm trees can be the perfect choice for around the pool. Have a look at this project where we sourced and planted these two massive Phoenix Canariensis palms for clients in Ninderry. They wanted to begin their gorgeous front entrance landscape with a big statement and this did the job!
Whether you’re looking for the best plants for poolscaping or you’re interested in hearing more about flowering trees and other landscaping design aspects, get in touch with us today! We’re happy to help with all of your landscaping needs on the Sunshine Coast.