Trees are a foundational background for your home and garden landscape, whether they're providing shade, creating privacy, delivering showy spring blooms or fall colors, or showing off their sheer majesty. Knowing why you want to plant a tree is important to matching the right tree to the right spot for the right reason. For example, if you desire privacy, a line of evergreens, such as cypress, may be your best bet. If you want to create curb appeal in the front of your home, small flowering trees, such as redbuds, will do the trick. If you want to shade your back yard to keep your home cool and/or create an outdoor living area, maples do that plus offer fall color. In matching the right tree to the right spot for the right reason, know that it's an investment that you and future generations will enjoy. Consideration of your hardiness zone, and the tree's height, spread and disease resistance, will help you narrow your options and ensure the best choice.