All flowering trees are not created equal: Some are more hauntingly beautiful than others. These trees create a mood all by themselves and convey the essence of a season in their flowers. They transform the garden: The scale of the surroundings seems to readjust around them for a time. Mature specimens give the scene grandeur; small trees sparkle with life and promise. They all draw us out into the garden to walk a bit and savor the season.
The best flowering trees offer even more: Their flowers attract pollinators, and fruits feed birds and small mammals. At every season, they frame and shape the garden's perspectives. When choosing trees, think beyond spring to those that blossom in summer or early fall, so there's a succession of bloom to look forward to. And also consider interesting leaf shapes, handsome woody structure, showy fall color, and bright berries. There is romance in flowering trees. Here, in the order in which they bloom, are 10 choices to fall in love with.