In order to make the garden attractive, there are many varieties of garden decor, but living plants themselves can be decorative ornaments. Ornamental plants are distinguished by the brightness and beauty of flowers, the unusual fruit and the color of foliage. In summer, the main color of the garden is green; against this background, flowers always look great. However, trees with leaves of a different color against the background of the green dominant look very impressive.
If everyone is used to yellow autumn leaves, red invariably causes admiration. Trees, whose leaves turn purple in autumn, are much smaller, and the red color in nature is one of the most beautiful and bright. When the flowers bloom, the garden becomes empty, and decorative trees and shrubs with leaves of unusual colors can fill this void.
Challenger # 1 - a bright handsome barberry
Barberry is one of the most common shrubs for decorating the garden. This is not surprising, since it is unpretentious and has wonderful decorative qualities.
Some varieties of this shrub have an unusual leaf color - burgundy (Thunberg barberry), others with the advent of autumn turn bright red. Ottawa Aurikoma barberry is a shrub with purple-red leaves that turn red-orange in autumn.
Thanks to its excellent decorative properties, barberry is good everywhere - in single plantings, in groups with other plants and like a hedge. Shrubs can not be cut, but molding and cutting will make them more accurate, especially in the hedge.
Thunberg's Barberry and Ottawa are the most common. Great “companions” for these shrubs will be conifers - Cossack juniper, thuja, pine. Wonderful compositions will form in the autumn barberry in the company with deciduous yellow shrubs.
Dwarf barberry as if created for miniature compositions - on the lawn, in a rocky garden, to create a mixborder or border. When planting a composition from several shrubs, it is desirable that a variety of forms is visible from everywhere.
Barberry is now sold in garden centers, so if you opted for this pretty ornamental shrub, you can buy it without any problems.
The role of shrubs in the garden should not be underestimated. With them, the garden looks settled, comfortable. Shrubs smooth out sharp corners well, and their beautiful leaves do not need constant care.
Challenger # 2 - Red Maple
This type of maple is widely used in landscape design. Red foliage trees native to Southeast Asia and Northeast Canada. For centuries, the Japanese have been breeding varieties of red-leaved maple. Tree seedlings are sold in nurseries today. In addition to purple leaves in autumn, red maple has a beautiful crown shape. Depending on the variety, it can be columnar or round, ovoid. Due to the delicate pattern of leaves, the crown looks openwork.
The most beautiful, spectacular views of Japanese maple:
- Acer palmatum - fan-shaped (slate-like);
- Acer shirasawanum - maple of Shirasawa;
- Acer japonicum - Japanese red maple.
A tree with red foliage looks beautiful in any planting - both group and single. Red maple is vulnerable to direct sunlight, it is better to plant it in a light shade, and not in an open area.
These trees can decorate the patio, look good in groups with dark conifers. Since red maple is an oriental guest in our gardens, it is an ideal tree for garden decor in the Asian style. Under the umbrella of the tree you can plant flowers that grow well in the shade and partial shade.
The buds of red maple are large and bright red, the tree is very beautiful during the budding, so that its decorative qualities are manifested not only in autumn.
Challenger # 3 - Ornate Southern Skumpy
Mackerel in nature grows in regions with a rather warm climate - in the Crimea, the Caucasus, southern Russia, and on the Mediterranean coast. With the onset of autumn, the leaves of this tall shrub become burgundy, orange or purple (the color depends on the variety of scoopia). First the veins turn red, and then the leaf turns bright.
In central Russia, scoopia is well established and is widely used as an ornamental plant. It is good both in single and in group plantings, forms gorgeous hedges. Shrub loves sunny meadows protected from the wind. Mackerel is hardy, resistant to disease, pests rarely infect this shrub. Decorative qualities can be enhanced by engaging in the formation of a bush.
Common varieties of scumpii that we often encounter:
Royal Purper is popular in Europe, but can freeze in colder climates.
If you have slopes, stony soils on the site, the squump on them will take root well and will decorate your garden at any time of the year. In addition to the beautiful color of foliage in autumn, it is beautiful during flowering - inflorescences form pink fluffy panicles that make the bush elegant and attractive.
If you decide to decorate your garden with scumpy, keep in mind that it grows well, so it needs room. The little sapling will eventually become a sprawling bush or small tree.
Challenger # 4 - decorative apple tree
A decorative apple tree can be compared to sakura in beauty - it is beautiful during flowering, when it is dotted with many pink flowers, and when apples turn red and harmonize with the color of foliage, this small tree looks no less magnificent.
A decorative apple tree with red leaves in single plantings is especially good, when all the attention is directed to its beauty, but also several trees planted along the path near the fence look wonderful. A tree will help to place the necessary accents in the garden, to highlight even a shaded corner.
One of the remarkable properties of a decorative apple tree is its unpretentiousness, resistance to adverse atmospheric factors. She is not afraid of severe frosts, so she can be grown in a rather harsh climate.
There are many varieties of this tree, which can take center stage in the garden composition on your site. The color of leaves and petals can be different, the same can be said about the shape of the crown, so if you opt for a decorative apple tree, study all varieties and varieties of wood.
Challenger # 5 - red leaf plum (cherry plum)
Red-leaf plum is another unpretentious tree that can be successfully used in landscaping of the garden. It has maroon leaves and fruits of the same color. The tree also bears fruit well. Red-leaf plum lends itself well to shaping - you can form a spherical crown, it is good both as a free-growing tree and as a hedge. The height of the hedge can be any - from quite high (2 m and above) to 60-70-centimeter. Such a hedge can be a great decoration and hide your site from prying eyes. Like a decorative apple tree, plum is resistant to diseases and pests.
If you want to create a truly original garden on your site and are fond of ornamental plants, be sure to pay attention to the red-leaved trees and shrubs. In summer and autumn, they will help to place the necessary accents in the garden and create wonderful compositions. The site will look brighter, more elegant at any time of the year, with the exception of winter cold. And fruiting plants with decorative foliage - plum, apple tree, barberry, by the fall will also delight with delicious fruits.