The other three crabapple trees in my garden were inspired by the book "P. Allen Smith's Garden Home" (a book I just love - one day I'll do a book review on it). I wanted the look he achieved of having flowering crabapples with intertwining branches. (Page 69) He has four, but my space works with three set in a triangle shape. These are the trees in my winter garden.
They are in bloom now.
A crabapple tree has fruit 2" in diameter or smaller. The fruit on my trees are tiny, measuring probably only about 1/2" in circumference. Strictly ornamental, I could never gather enough of them to make jelly!
If you're thinking about getting a flowering crabapple, there are a lot of different varieties to choose from. (I think mine are the variety 'Profusion'.) Crabapples have a large range of colors, height, and growing zones, so a little research before purchasing would be beneficial. Some grow tall, some spread. There really is one for every garden! The only problem I've had with my crabapples is their tendency to sucker. And sucker. And sucker. And for the last couple of years, I've had a problems with those tent caterpillars, as they seem to love these trees as much as I do!
Inspiration comes to me in a lot of different ways. A blog post. A bloom at the garden center. A sudden realization. Magazines. Books. Websites. Photos. Like most gardeners, I'm always trying to make my garden better, prettier, more varied, more interesting.
I haven't quite achieved the look that P. Allen Smith did. But maybe in another year or two.
I love these trees. They're not the same kind, the same color, the same number, planted with the same companions, or even in the same type of bed as those in Mr. Smith's garden. If you saw them, you'd never know where I got the inspiration.
But spring wouldn't be the same without these blooms. Thanks, Mr. Smith!