HGTV's Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines gave this building a bright white exterior with contrasting accents like the black window frames, shutters, ironwork and metal awnings with alternating black and white stripes.
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.
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.
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.
Bring a lush element of life to your door by flanking it with potted magnolia trees. During the fall months, magnolias will add a nice woodsy shade of green to your entry. Plus, many types of magnolias are evergreen.
Known for its elegant, classic appeal, magnolia garland is popular with homeowners coast to coast. Although it’s considered nearly maintenance-free, there are a few tricks to ensuring your magnolia garland will last throughout the holiday season.
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.
In addition to its traditional use, magnolia garland can also be arranged in a variety of different shapes such as wreaths or topiary. To create a magnolia topiary for your yard, add the garland to a wire tomato cage, then keep it secure with zip ties.
Fresh cedar pine, fir branches and magnolia leaves combine with fruit, pine cones and berries for an ultra-natural and festive look. Strands of gold beads add a surprising hint of color within the garland.