Shade Trees

Shade Trees at Sensible Gardening and Living

As we move into July the temperatures start to soar. I try not to complain as sun and heat is what I wished for all winter.  A liitle reprieve though from the suns rays is always welcomed and is really necessary if you live in an area as hot as we do. I think all yards or gardens should have at least one area of shade for the gardener to retreat to. It you live in an older, well developed area there are no doubt a few large shade trees grazing your yard. For the rest of us, we have to make our own shade.

Pink Dogwood Tree / Sensible Gardening and Living
Pink Dogwood Tree / Sensible Gardening and Living

A covered arbour or large umbrella works for a quick fix. For a more permanent approach though it’s wise to plant a few shade trees for future gardening relaxation. They can be planted right smack in the middle of everthing or placed close to an existing sitting area, patio or deck.  Before you plant, do some research for your area and choose a tree wisely. Some trees are beautiful but are messy to deal with around sitting areas, and others are prone to disease or pests. ( check my post on sooty mold and Robinia trees).

A short list on tidy shade trees includes the following:


A smaller shade tree for smaller areas. Gorgeous white or pink blooms in spring completely cover the tree.

Norway Maple (Crimson King)

A large tree with rich maroon leaves and grey bark.  It has maroon-yellow flowers in early spring and likes a moist location.

Norway Maple / Sensible Gardening and Living

Green Ash (Patmore Green)

Grows about 40 feet tall and 35 feet wide. This is a seedless variety which is very important.  This variety also leafs out earlier in spring and keeps its leaves longer in fall than other ashes. They turn colour early in the fall and are a longed lived tree.

Cork Tree

A beautiful smaller tree with broad spreading branches and glossy dark green leaves. This tree can tolerate hot, dry sites and is insect and disease resistant. Plant only male trees.  The decorative bark is spongy, like cork as the tree matures.


A hardy, long lived smaller shade tree. Have small ivory flowers in mid summer which emit a strong, sweet fragrance. A very tidy tree that can be used near pools as well.


Another small shade tree for smaller gardens. Showy clusters of creamy white , scented flowers in summer. A very undemanding tree which grows well in poor conditions.