The Q&A Archives: trees and flowers

Question: I have lots of wires around my yard but I want to plant trees. What small trees can you recommend and what flowers can I plant that come back every year? I love having my gardens but buying new plants every year gets so expensive and Pittsburgh weather kills so much of what I plant I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Thank you.

Answer: Achillea "Coronation Gold" (Fern-Leafed Yarrow); Alcea (Hollyhock); Armeria martima
(Sea Pink, Thrift); Astilbe (False Spirea); Campanula (Bellflower); Coreopsis; Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower); Hemerocallis (Daylilies); Heuchera sanguinea (Coral Bells); Monarda (Bee Balm); Phlox; Rudbeckia fulgida (Black Eyed Susan) and Salvia are all hardy perennials for sunny beds. They should come back year after year in your Pittsburgh area garden.

Some ornamental and dwarf tree choices for you include:
Acer ginnala (Amur maple) grows 15-20 ft
Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) dwarf varieties available
Acer tataricum (Tatarian maple) 15-20 ft
Amelanchier spp. (Serviceberries) 15-25 ft
Cercis canadensis (Eastern redbud 20-25 ft
Chionanthus virginicus (White fringetree) 12-20 ft
Cornus Florida (Flowering dogwood) 20-25 ft
Cotinus coggygria (smoketree) 10-15 ft
Crataegus spp. (Hawthorn) 15-25 ft
Hamamelis spp. (Witchhazel) 15-20 ft
Ilex x attenuata (Foster holly) 10-15
Malus sp. (Flowering crabapples) 20-25 ft

Hope this information is helpful!

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