Trees, trees, trees: integrating into your outdoor design

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Trees, trees, trees: integrating into your outdoor design
Universal Magazines
By Chris Slaughter

Chris Slaughter, an expert horticulturist and landscape architect, talks how best to introduce a tree into your garden or outdoor design

I received an email a little while ago questioning why our environment is slowly having less and less trees and the impact this is having upon us and our living areas.

I have certainly noticed the slow but sure removal of trees to make way for development and the like. Do not get me wrong I am not an old humbug and respect the need for development but being a Landscape Architect and Horticulturist I know only too well the magical effect trees can have upon our lives when we choose wisely come the time for planting out. Planting is a complex affair, and to reduce it to one simple step in the overall design process is to do a fascinating subject an injustice. The real fun comes when you develop and create a planting scheme that reflects your individual taste. With a little time and energy you can design your dream garden space.

To be able to sit out under a tree absorbing the natural cooled breeze created as it passes through this shaded area gives a sense of serenity, let alone a mesmerising effect from the whispering of the leaves as they sway in the wind.

With the many designs which I have been fortunate to create, I spend a considerable amount of time assessing the trees that are brought into any design, their growing habits and impact, both positive and negative, they may have in any particular space. We should not only look at shape, form, colour and flower but know that with the right choice you are also unconsciously bringing a positive effect upon your space with the known facts trees bring: an improvement to your health, your social and economic benefits and also the positive effect upon the environment. How is that so you may be asking?

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I love landscape trees. They are so majestic, and there are so many different types of trees to choose from.

Each has their own special place in a design. You might select a tree for its colourful flowers. Maybe you love weeping trees. Perhaps the tree has beautiful leaves; and then, of course, there are those that provide spectacular fall colour. I shall be looking at categories like Ornamental, Shade and Evergreen trees in a later edition to help you with choosing the right tree for the right place.

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