Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) also known as Juneberries or Saskatoon berries are large shrubs or single or multi-stemmed small trees. They are used as specimen and key plants in landscapes as well as in group plantings in borders, as backdrops or screens. Serviceberry provides year-round interest in white spring flowers, yellow to red fall foliage, smooth gray bark, and purple edible fruit.
Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata) is at its best in early summer when the flowers bloom in clusters of white, fragrant flowers which are about a foot (31 cm.) long and 10 inches (25 cm.) wide. Japanese Lilac trees are offered in a single trunk or as a multi-stemmed. Both forms have a lovely shape that looks great in borders or as specimens. Growing Japanese lilac trees near a window allows you to enjoy the flowers and fragrance indoors, but you will need plenty of room for the tree’s 15 foot spread at maturity.
Magnolias have been a favourite for centuries and for good reason. Their big bold blooms love to be in the limelight when they make an impressive display late April and early May. Magnolias love the soggy spring weather, but as soon as the heat arrives the flowers will drop. There are a number of Magnolias that grow well in our area of Southern Ontario. Plant Magnolias front and centre where you can enjoy them the most.