Landscaping ideas around trees
Plant shrubs and the tree at same time to avoid damaging the roots. Choose shrubs that tolerate full sun while the tree grows, and thrive in shade when the tree matures. Consider acidic and alkaline soil types, and match the soil requirements of the tree to the soil requirements of the shrub. Consider the tree's potential trunk diameter and plant the shrubs at least 3 feet outside that ring. As the shrubs grow, either prune the shrubs or prune lower tree branches to keep them from touching.
For an established tree, place a grouping of an odd number of flowerpots (three to five maximum) under the tree to create a focal point. Choose pots of varying heights and shapes. Plant flowers, ornamental grass or small shrubs in the pots.
Set a border around the tree using stones or edging material such as bricks to create raised bed about 4 inches tall. Fill with potting soil or a mixture of soil and organic material like leaf mold. Add shade-loving flowers such as ferns or impatiens.
Landscape lighting produces a dramatic effect and helps to illuminate walkways. Place the light at a distance to illuminate a large portion of the tree or place the light at the base of the tree to shine upward.
A bench or chair located under a tree beckons for solitude in the shade. Lawn decor also captures the eye. Consider placing three varying size orbs of stone, concrete or stainless steel in a close-set group. A birdbath or gazing ball on a stand also adds visual interest.