I dream of Trees...
Well on my other 'Kryptonite' post several members (Kato, GreatPlains, PM2, and Doug) commented about wishing they had the space so they dabble in the wonderful world of trees.
I totally agree with you guys. If land were unlimited I would no doubt go bonkers and start a small arboretum, LOL. Not to mention the dangerous world of evergreen/conifer collecting...
If truth be told, until recent years I've never been "into" trees. Maybe it's because I have zero room for any, so I naturally didn't pay them much attention until I had to deal with them more at work. Now I have a greater appreciation for them...and a dream list of course. ;-)
So if you had the space what trees would you plant?
Definitely some Liriodendron (there is a variegated form!!), Ginkgo, and a Pagoda dogwood. And maybe a few variegated pagoda dogwoods ;-) Tons of different Liquidambars (maybe a lane of 'Slender Silhouette'!), and a paperbark maple, and perhaps a Stewartia and Halesia. Must have a Laburnum, Heptacodium, Chionanthus, and Paulownia. Love me some Aesculus Pavia! I fell in love with that chestnut after seeing Susans!
And a tricolor beech if they weren't such aphid magnets.
Witch Hazels and Corylopsis! Not technically trees, but you get where I'm going with this, lol.
I've got a feeling all these trees would help fuel my shade plant/woodland plant addiction too ;-]
For those members that DO have the space and have started planting trees, what were some of your first purchases? What are now some of the jewels of your collection? Do you keep your trees separate from your perennial beds, or design with both?