Category: Blooming Trees

Tree Blooms Front Yard

One thing that can make or break the exterior of a home is the landscaping. Although a home with a few trees and a nice green lawn in front looks fine, there’s a lot to be said for a house that has an immaculate front yard landscape design. If you aren’t a designer and you can’t afford a professional gardener, there is still a lot you can do, on your own, to make your front yard come to life.

A great place to begin looking for ideas is near your own backyard. Actually the yards of your neighbors can give you some great hints of what looks good in a front yard landscape design. Obviously you don’t want to replicate it completely although imitation is said to be a form of flattery. Seeing what kinds of trees complement certain bushes, helps to give you some insight into what works well together.

If you inspire to surpass the design of any of your neighbors you may need to look beyond their yards and at some professional ideas. There are many magazines and websites that have color images of beautiful front yard landscape designs. Depending on the climate that you live in you will most likely be able to incorporate some of the ideas into your own front yard landscape plan.

Another way to get a sense of which plants thrive in your area is a visit to the local gardening store. Here you’ll not only find all types of plants, flowering bushes and shrubs, but you’ll also be able to talk to individuals who are experienced in landscaping. Many of the people who work at gardening stores have knowledge about front yard landscape designs. They can offer suggestions as to what plants would work well together to create the look that you desire.

It may seem that you’ll need to spend a lot of money to spruce up the exterior of your home. This need not be the case as you can still create a beautiful front yard landscape design on a budget. The key is finding plants, shrubs and trees that are affordable and then using them to their full advantage.

A good example is purchasing some flowering trees that will bloom each spring. You can buy these when they are seedlings, which cost much less than a mature tree does. Each year it will fill out more, eventually creating a wonderful shady corner to the yard.

Always bear in mind that any project like this should be viewed as a work in progress. You can add a new element to your front yard landscape design each season. This helps to spread the cost over time and also allows you the chance to enjoy gardening as a hobby.

Blooming Honey Locust Tree

Blooming Honey Locust Tree

Perhaps the perfect combination blooming tree/windbreak/privacy hedge is the honey locust tree. It also has some interesting lore.

Tree Growth

Also known as Honeyshuck, Sweet Locust and Sweet Bean Tree, the highly adaptable Honey Locust Tree is a popular and useful ornamental. It tolerates the poorest of soil conditions, including salt, while also withstanding heat and drought. The Honey Locust Tree grows quickly, reaching a height of 60 to 100 feet with an average 50 foot width. It roots deeply and is long lived, commonly attaining an age well over a hundred years. It may be transplanted with ease. All of these characteristics make it a valuable windbreak, as well as providing needed shade in a relatively short time.

Tree Windbreak Function

The Honey Locust Tree, with its stiff thorns, planted and trimmed as a hedge, makes an impenetrable screen against intruders and also serves as an excellent privacy screen. The thorns are so hard, they’ve been used as nails in times past.

Tree Blooms

It is deciduous, with small bright green leaves and sweetly scented cream-colored flowers appearing in late spring. Bees find the nectar appealing, which can help draw bees to your garden. Leaves turn a luminous yellow in fall and compost quickly after falling.

Tree History

Native Americans found the fruit of this blooming tree, a pod filled with a sweet pulp to be a source of food. The wood of this tree was also a favored material for bows. The pulp inside the pods has been fermented to make a beer, while the seeds may be roasted as a coffee beverage. Native American lore says that the Thunder Spirit’s son was known by his ability to comfortably lounge in the branches – and thorns – of the Honey Locust Tree.

Tree Functionality

The wood of the Honey Locust is tough and durable and makes excellent furniture pieces, although due to its limited supply, you’ll not readily find it in lumber yards or furniture shops. Being rot-resistant, it works well for posts and fencing.

With careful management, a stand of these flowering and blooming trees can yield a continuous supply of good firewood. It also provides good fodder to a variety of wildlife as well as domesticated farm animals.

All things considered, the Honey Locust Blooming Tree has many virtues besides its use as a windbreak or privacy hedge. This tree is resistant to Gypsy moths. Check with your nursery for its resistance to other pests in your region, as it varies.

In addition to its functional uses, it makes a pretty sight in spring and fall.