Choosing landscape plants involves picking plants of all different types, sizes, textures and colors. Trees add height, and not all of the leaves have to be green. Shrubs can form a hedge to define different sections in the landscape. They also add a splash of color with small flowers. The flowers themselves can grow on stems and be used for cut flowers or they can be vines trained to grow along a fence or over a trellis or arbor.
Ornamental trees include the purple leaf plum, which grows to about 25 feet high and 25 feet wide with purple leaves, pink flowers and purple fruit. It is hardy in zones 5 to 8. Evergreens include the Japanese cedar that can grow to about 60 feet high. It has a reddish brown bark and leaves that spiral around the trunk. The Japanese cedar is hardy in zones 6 to 9. Shade trees include the Chanticleer flowering pear tree, which can grow to a height of 35 feet and a width of 15 feet. It has oval-shaped glossy, green leaves that turn a reddish purple in the fall. The Chanticleer also produces white flowers in the spring that turn to greenish yellow fruits. It is hardy in zones 5 to 8.
Forsythia is an early blooming, fast-growing shrub that is hardy in zones 4 to 9. Different varieties can grow from 1 foot to 10 feet tall. It produces small yellow flowers over the entire length of the stems. Rose of Sharon is hardy in zones 5 to 10. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow to a height of 12 feet and a width of 3 to 6 feet. Rose of Sharon attracts hummingbirds with flowers that can be white, pink, soft red, mauve or violet blue. The Wintergreen barberry shrub has very sharp spines, dark green leaves and can grow to from 6 to 8 feet tall and the same width. It produces yellow flowers in the spring and is hardy in zones 5 to 8.
The English daisy is a perennial, a plant that grows for many years, that can reach a height of from 3 to 6 inches and is hardy in zones 4 to 10. The flowers can be white, pink or red. The Sweet pea produces flowers with a pleasant, sweet fragrance. It is a climbing vine that can grow as tall as 7 feet. The flowers can be lavender, pink, purple, red, white or yellow. Sweet peas can be grown from zone 3 to zone 8.