Gardeners with small yards can combine the need for landscape trees and flower beds by planting flowering trees. If you think most trees only flower in the spring, think again. Many trees flower all summer long. Flowering trees range in size, type, and flower colour. Purchase summer flowering trees from a local nursery in the spring or fall, and plant them in visually appealing spots for flowers in all kinds of expected places.
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Bougainvillea can be a vinelike groundcover or woody shrub, but it also grows in upright tree forms that average 20 to 30 feet in height. Its "flowers" are in fact colourful papery bracts that may be fuchsia, purple or salmon in colour, and cover the plant's inconspicuous white flowers. Bougainvillea blooms periodically throughout the year, including the summer months, and blooms more often if pinched or pruned back.
Camellia (Stewartia malacodendron) grows in hardiness zones 7 to 9 and is a common flowering shrub or small tree for southern homes, reaching 10 to 15 feet in height. Camellia flowers have creamy white petals with pink or blue clusters in the centre. They are highly fragrant.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) blooms in bright flower clusters from July through the autumn months. This small tree tops out at 30 feet in height and ranges from 6 to 15 feet in width. Crape myrtle grows in hardiness zones 7 to 9. Its flower clusters look like lilacs; they may be white, pink, red or purple in colour.
Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin) grow in hardiness zones 6 to 9. They average 20 to 35 feet tall and 25 to 30 feet wide. Mimosa trees have fine, fernlike leaves that alternate along the stem. In summer, mimosa trees bear bright pink flower clusters that resemble those of the bottle brush tree. These trees produce a lot of seeds, so mimosa seedlings may spring up in your yard.
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