by Susan Harris
First we presented Lisa Winters' Top 6 Evergreen Trees for Small Spaces. And now, as promised, here are her top deciduous trees for small spaces - seven of them. Lisa, a certified professional horticulturist and Master Gardener who just happens to work at Homestead, shared her favorites at a recent Winter Workshop. (Oh, she's also in charge of the Vegetable Garden at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis.)
Japanese maples are a favorite of many gardeners in our area for good reason - their great form and great color. They require no regular pruning at all.
The Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a big spring show-off and one of the best native plants for the garden.
Flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) are also native to this region, and have been popular in gardens forever. I'll never forget the dogwoods that my mother grew in her garden in Central Virginia, or being warned by my friends that it was a crime to remove any parts of a dogwood - because it Virginia's State Flower. I still wonder how much of that rumor is true.
Kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are becoming increasingly popular because of their resistance to disease and drought, and their horizontal form.
Crape myrtles naturally made it to Lisa's list. What's not to love about small trees that bloom for such a long time, and in late summer, too? Oh, and their bark is stunning.