The Garden Is Coming To Life!
finally my back garden is starting to leaf up, here's an orange dream japanese maple starting to come into life...lovely plant for a back garden.. For more on Acer Palmatum Orange Dream and other Japanese Maple related posts see here
Glenveagh Castle Gardens were bursting at the seams with colour, the Rhododendrons, Viburnums, Camelias, Alliums, Poppies (amongst others) were in full show, the perfume was amazing from the Azalea Mollis collection....I hadn't been to Glenveagh since the snowdrops were in colour....below is a wee slideshow from around the garden taken this week...enjoy
see more pots about Glenveagh castle and gardens here
Making a statement without leaves!
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Acer palmatum Atropurpureum
Also, known as the blood leaf maple, the leaves are 5-7 lobed and cut halfway to the centre of the leaf blade. The foliage is dark burgundy red in summer and scarlet in autumn, looks wonderful on a sunny autumn day with the sun shining on it superb foliage.
Japanese Maples offer something special to a garden. Stature and grace. Few plants attract the eye like a japanse maple in the summer or autumn, their foliage colour is famous. Japanese Maples are low maintenance ploants, as long as you get their siting correct they will be large trouble free and grow for a lifetime.
Japanese Maples hate cold drafts and scorching sun, okay the scorchign sun might not be much of a problem for many but the cold drafts are, so choose a nice sheltered site for your maple, a cold draft will firstly brown the edge of the leaves, leaving it tatty looking in the summer and secondly shorten the autumn foliage colour by blowing the leaves off in early autumn. So a nice sheltered site is best.
Acer palmatum Orange Dream
A Japanese maple cultivar rare to the nursery trade and of unique form and colour. A narrowly upright growth habit and slow rate make 'Orange Dream' a large shrub to small tree depending on culture. Striking orange-yellow foliage over bright green bark results in a truly different look. This beautiful Japanese maple will enhance any garden. It will also look wonderful in a pot or tub on the patio of balcony. The Autumn colour and older foliage is breathtaking yellow.
Maples aren't that fussy on soil, any good humus rich soil is ideal, yes they do like a bit of Iron in the soil so a top dressing of needles from the forest or some lime-free compost is to their advantage. I grow the Orange Dream and Atropurpuream in the back garden, in a long border and they get a mulch of well rotted chicken manure every autumn and thrive on it. Many folks grow Maples in pots so they can be moved around the garden depending on the season, maples are ideal for this.
Acer palmatum Beni-Maiko
Stunning Brilliant red foliage and one of of our most favourite, and probably best value Japanese Acers.
Acer ''Beni Maiko'' has spring colour that is burning scarlet to fire red, combined with a semi dwarf growth habit that lends itself well to growing in a large tub or planter.
Ideal for creating a Japanese theme anywhere in your garden. Great in pots or containers, or planted in the ground mixed with other shrubs and acers. The name
'Beni Maiko' means "Red Haired Dancing Girl."
Maples can happily be pruned too, whether its for shape or to remove over handing branchesMaples aren't as delicate as some would have you believe. I once worked for a Florist who had a series of them in his garden for him to use as foliage for wedding flower displays and these were routinely harvested from and grew fabulously, However irregular pruning is best if you wish for the trees to develop thei rnatural graceful habit.
Acer palmatum Sango Kaku
Widely known as the coral bark maple, this cultivar is popular due to its flaming, coral-red bark. The soft green-gold leaves are a sharp contrast to the brilliant bark and in winter the shining stems stand out against the white drifts of snow. Watch for bright, golden-red Autumn colour for another surprise effect.
Remember to incoporate your Mycorrhizal fungii when planting all such trees and shrubs in the garden, for deatils of how to use this, see here
Check out this amazing Groupon offer here for all four of the above Maples for £29, offer lasts upto 7th May
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