Mature deciduous trees grow along the driveway, and around the Driveway Lawn. They are a lovely mixture of Elm, Prunus, Dogwood, Sorbus, and Gleditsia. I love their autumn colours, spring blossom, and leafy shade in the summer.
Trees in the Driveway
Gradually I've added shrubby plantings underneath, using a lot of native evergreens. One design feature was suggested years ago by artistic Younger Son of Moosey - the small balancing border, seen here on the right of the driveway. Plantings include flaxes, rhododendrons, hellebores and a beautiful purple Cotinus shrub, over which the mature trees tower. As a result the driveway lawn becomes a secret, enlosed space.
driveway trees - summer 2004
The big dark wine red leafed tree on the right is just an ordinary Prunus, much admired throughout summer. The tree to the left is a Golden Elm.
Driveway Trees - Spring 2008
The big driveway trees give much seasonal interest. In spring there's lots of frothy pink, white, and soft lime green blossom to enjoy.
Malus and Elm Tree in Spring
And later, after the richness of summer, all the leaves will turn red and gold - the fiery colours of autumn. The most spectacular is a large Gleditsia tree.
Gleditsia Tree in Autumn
My personal tree contributions have been a Crab-Apple and a purple-leafed Cotinus. I've removed quite a few self-sown Pittosporums, and planted others where I want them to grow.