Landscaping with Trees: Adding Contrasting Color

This landscape design for trees and shrubs will add contrasting early spring color. This free do-it-yourself tree and shrub landscape design provides a show of spring flowers highlighted by an evergreen backdrop of the Green Giant Arborvitae. This planting can serve as a great focal point or accent piece to any yard I call it the “Flowering Green Giant

Included Species

*Add 3 Forsythia below each Yoshino Cherry 7-10 years after they are planted.

Hardiness Zone: 5-7  This landscape design can be expected to grow in the temperature extremes of the zones shown in color in this arborday.org hardiness zone map.

  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Space needed: 65 feet by 35 feet
  • Required topography: Flat to rolling

Recommended Use / Design Principal

The Green Giant Arborvitae planting provides a show of spring flowers highlighted by an evergreen backdrop of the Green Giant Arborvitae. This planting can serve as a great focal point or accent piece.

The Yoshino Cherries offer a dazzling profusion of white blooms in the spring accompanied by a mass of bright yellow blooms of the Forsythia. The Green Giant Arborvitae provide a uniform deep evergreen backdrop for the white and yellow blooms acting as a punctuation mark for the flower show.

Peak Landscape Design Time(s): Spring and Winter

Spring

Yoshino Cherry: white bloom
Forsythia: yellow bloom

Winter

Green Giant Arborvitae: evergreen