Blue spruce trees are wonderful trees that will help bring beauty and curb appeal to any property. They are very resilient trees that are low maintenance once they mature, and also very appealing to look at. If you are planning to add blue spruce trees to your yard, it is a good idea to pair them with complementary plants and trees to ensure your landscape looks cohesive. We have some tips, and suggestions that will help you choose the best companions for your blue spruce when remodeling your landscape.
What Looks Good Next to Blue Spruce Trees?
Pick The Perfect Companion
Blue spruce trees are slow-growing trees that don’t need a lot of care once they reach the age of maturity. However, once they mature, they tend to be on the larger side. It is important to pick complementary plants that won’t fight with the spruce for nutrients, sunlight, or water. Adding a rich combination of annuals and various-sided perennials anchor your spruce to the landscape, no matter its size or slow growth rate. These additions will also help bring the whole look of your yard together.
Mind The Color Ranges
Good companions for your blue spruce tree will help highlight its blue color as opposed to overtaking it. Blue spruce trees are well known for their dark hues. Looking for plants that have rich red colors, bright bronzes, soft black foliage, or deep purple fronds will help bring the color of the spruce to the forefront. It is still okay to use bright splashes of color, however, make sure to use them sparingly. Pinks, yellow, or even gold splashes are a great way to break up an overly dark look of your landscape without taking away from the beauty of your blue spruce’s blue needles (or blue green).
Use Water To Highlight Your Spruce
Water adds ambiance to any landscape. However, when paired with a yard that features blue spires, the movement creates living elegance. Consider a reflecting pool or an elegant stream. If you have the space, consider installing a still pond. The landscape and the blue spruce trees will be mirrored in the water creating a unique plateau that draws the eyes and the heart.
Use Native Rocks & Boulders for Effect
Adding boulders around your landscape will help highlight the look of your blue spruce trees. You can use native boulders, or you can pick up a few artificial ones from your local garden center. Make sure that the ones you choose will fit to scale with the size of a mature blue spruce tree. These majestic trees start off small so it can be tempting to use smaller size boulders. However, you can’t move a tree once it is planted so it is better to think to the future and get larger stones instead. The rocks will also make it seem as if the tree has been in the yard for much longer.
Fertilize Your Grounds Well
It is always healthy to fertilize the ground around your trees and plants. Generally, maintaining a steady level of moisture on your landscape is also a great way to keep your property looking pristine and well cared for. Instead of using wood chips or light-colored mulch, consider using black or dark brown mulches that will complement the look of your blue spruce trees. This will also give depth to your landscape and create an environment that encourages healthy bugs and critters to stick around. With our suggestions and a bit of creative flair, your blue spruce trees can become the highlight of your landscape.
Additional Reading: How to Plant and Grow a Colorado Blue Spruce Tree
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