As the summer rolls on into some of the hottest months of the year, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to cool your garden down. One of the most effective measures you can take to keep your plants healthy is adding shade to your garden by introducing plants that can block out the sun. There are plenty of different options, from smaller shrubs to towering trees, that can provide your yard with the shade it needs. Here are three of the best plants that will give your garden some much-needed summer shade.
1. Muskogee Crape Myrtle Tree
This small tree can grow up to 30 feet and provides excellent shade to mid-size gardens. It features thick foliage and lavender-pink flowers that block the sun’s rays from creeping through, while still adding some light color to your yard at the same time. This plant is also deciduous, meaning that it will eventually lose its leaves, usually sometime in the fall. You can place the tree wherever you feel needs the most shade.
2. Victoria California Lilac
This shrub grows up to about 9 feet tall and is a great alternative to a larger tree. The shrub grows straight up and its foliage is also incredibly dense, which makes for a perfect sun-shield. The Victoria California Lilac needs large amounts of sun exposure to grow, and its bluish-purple flowers begin to bloom in the spring. This mid-size shrub can give your garden the shade it needs during those summer months.
3. Nuttall Oak Tree
These massive trees can grow up to 50 feet tall and are commonly known as “shade trees.” They grow relatively quickly, and their leaves can provide towering protection to the sun for your garden. Due to their size, they are more suited to larger gardens. The Nuttall Oak’s red leaves can add color to any garden, and they also produce a steady supply of acorns.
These shrubs and plants are great for providing you and your garden with optimum shade when the sun is out. Looking to add these plants to your garden and need expert help? Give the professionals at Blue Tree a call. For more tips and plant recommendations, stay tuned for future posts on our blog!