I love my dwarf magnolia. It had the most beautiful blooms early spring.
We just built and I have a smaller yard now and I wanted something totally low maintenance, so I have the dwarf magnolia as a feature in the front garden with some small shrubs and grasses... The back is the same. However when spring came I missed my cherry blossoms and roses from my old garden. I also had the most beautiful mop top Robina. It was over 15 years old when we moved and was glorious. I love creepers too. Wisteria or jasmine are just beautiful this time of year as well.