This is only one of several ways an ornamental tree can be used in the landscape.
The basic principle behind planting on the building corner is to help visually blend the vertical line of the building with the horizontal plane of the land.
There are considerations that should be factored in when selecting the corner planting arrangement. For example:
The side of the home above faced a view from the street because of its orientation on the site.
There was not a lot of property (or space) for the home as it was, and on top of that the building side itself was all siding…not very interesting.
By using one ornamental tree (River Birch ‘Heritage’), I was able to both soften the vertical line of the building and the expanse of siding.
The understory plantings of Taxus (densiformis), Azalea ‘Poukenense’, and Hosta sieboldiana are low to medium in height. With this arrangement we get year round interest, color and plenty of textural variety.
Could we have used a different ornamental tree? Sure. Dogwood, Styrax, Hawthorne and others would have worked too.
I thought the birch with its branching and trunk architecture, interesting bark and semi-transparent coverage worked well.
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