Northern gardeners revel in the hardy redbud known as ‘Minnesota’ or ‘Northern Strain.’ Hardy to Zone 4, it was developed at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Like other redbuds, this cold weather favorite doesn’t attract Japanese beetles.
Welcome spring with the pretty pink blossoms of ‘Ace of Hearts’ redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ace Of Hearts’). This dwarf variety grows to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Flowers appear before leaves unfurl, transforming twigs into blooming branches. Heart shape leaves turn gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Poorly pruned trees don’t bounce back easily from their ugly duckling state. The redbud tree in the foreground is poorly pruned; the one to the left (background) shows an unpruned redbud tree with its natural multi-branched trunk and vase shape. It’s always best to hire a certified arborist to tackle tree pruning if your goal is to shape a tree.
This garden's design focuses on foliage mixes and textures of perennials instead of aromatic plants, due to the homeowner's allergies. Plants used include native Eastern Redbud and Kwanzan Cherry. Fast-growing, semi-evergreen bamboo covers some of the cement wall.
Irregular bluestone encircles a young Redbud within the walled garden. Brick walls are built on grade beam and frost pier foundations and illuminated columns help define the garden, which contains three of the home's eight egress points. New porches were constructed at each entry.