Most trees out there have the ability to overpower your yard, your neighbor's yard, and maybe even the street. But they don't necessarily have to. There are some small trees that can fit perfectly in any space.
A tree peony is a great addition to a cottage-style garden with its cupped blossoms of red, pink, yellow, and white. The shrubs may grow to 7 feet tall and as wide but may be kept smaller by selective pruning. Read about its care.
Arrowwood is shrub that is sure to attract wildlife -- bees, butterflies, and birds flock to its flowers and berries. The strong, straight branches were once used to make arrows, hence its common name. Learn how to care for it.
Scented geraniums have perfumed leaves, often with fruity or spicy fragrances. They have magnificently varied leaves, and in summer grow clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers. Read more about this species of pelargoniums.
Bluebeard, blue mist spirea, is actually a woody shrub. It has blue-purple flowers and adds great color to the garden in late fall. Butterflies find it irresistible. Read about caring for this lovely plant.
Sargent cherry tree combines strength and beauty by being easy to transplant and displaying rich pink flowers. Dark-colored fruit make it a friend of birds. Learn about how to display this tree, which can live as long as 50 years.
Drooping leucothoe, a bushy plant reaching 6 feet vertically and horizontally, has blooms that look like lily-of-the-valley. Leaves can change color through winter to a shade of violet. Learn how to use drooping leucothoe as ground cover to camouflag
American bittersweet needs both male and female plants for flowering and berry production. It grows so well that it needs to be controlled around other plants. Try using it to camouflage posts around the garden.
Dwarf myrtle has a delightful scent when pierced. Its many varieties and uses (as a screen, hedge, or topiary) make it an interesting plant to care for and display. Learn more about its flowering habits.
Winter honeysuckle, aptly named for its wintertime blooms, reaches perhaps 10 feet vertically and horizontally. Though it doesn't change color in autumn, it does bear a strong fragrance. Learn how to use it as a border.
Pittosporum carries the same scent as the orange blossom. Branch exposure changes as the plant matures and in part makes it a good garden accoutrement. Learn more about experimenting with Pittosporum displays.
Reeves skimmia begins the growing season with white flowers and then bears fruit until winter, making for interesting garden decor. Pruning is minimal. Learn more about the variety of functions for reeves skimmia.