Trees and shrubs in the garden give permanence, shelter, shade, protection, privacy and colour throughout the year. Trees are especially valuable both for their shape and beauty. Straight-trunked Lombardy Poplars are ideal for a formal setting, while for small gardens there are similar shapes in Prunus campanulata, an upright growing Cherry, or the pyramidal forms of Pittosporum rhombitolum and many conifers.
As canopies against the sun, there are utilitarian trees like Apple, variegated Acers, or purple Plums like Prunus pissardi, There are Weeping Willows for quiet water spots and Weeping Silver Birches for the lawn.
Carefully selected shrubs can provide colour all the year round. For the winter, Camellias and most of the hybrid Azaleas such as 'James Belton', 'Albert Elizabeth', `Kerchove', `Vervaeveana', 'Eri Schame' and many others. Luculia in temperate areas is a must, and in cooler zones Garrya with its dove grey catkins. Cootamundra Wattle with a shower of gold drops almost concealing the misty grey foliage, grows in the widest range of climates.
This is closely followed by winter flowering Peaches that bring spring into late July. Then the full glory of spring burst into a pageant of Prunus, Cherries, Lilacs, Spireas, Tea Trees, Eriostemons, Wistaria, the grand old single Azaleas; Roses and Philadelphus usher in the summer of Jacarandas, Flames, Cape Chestnuts and scarlet Gums; Gordonias, Camellia Sasanqua, berry time and the rich and fiery hues of autumn complete the cycle.
Even in our coldest regions where winter colour does not