Saucer magnolia (M. x soulangeana) is the single most popular magnolia, and it’s easy to see why. Its showy pink flowers steal the spotlight in early to mid-spring. The tree quickly grows to its mature height of 20 to 25 feet. Large blossoms to 8 inches across exude a beautiful perfume. In regions with lingering late spring frosts, don’t plant it near the southern side of a structure because retained heat might trigger early flowering, which frost can quickly wipe out. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Magnolia grandiflora is a broadleaf evergreen tree that is noted for its attractive dark green leaves and its large, extremely fragrant flowers. It typically grows to 60 to 80 feet tall with a pyramidal to rounded crown.
Here’s an idea that may not require going any further than your front yard: Mix magnolia leaves and branches of berries in a rustic wooden container. Cut the leaves in bunches using floral shears; then secure them to a foam floral brick inside of the container. Next, camouflage the brick by layering the berries on and around it.
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Think about tree safety. "My magnolia in the front of the house has been pruned up, so I put a mulch island under it," says Josh Fuder, agriculture and natural resources agent for UGA Extension - Cherokee County. He suggests getting the mulch island as close to the drip line as possible. This example does not go all the way out to the drip line, but with a diameter of 21 inches, it is a little more in proportion with the size of the tree.
A small outdoor space like this balcony is transformed into an inviting green zone by Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design which utilizes Viburnum ‘Pragense’, Magnolia liliflora and other plants to striking effect.