This long-lasting harmonious planting offers interest in all seasons, starting in spring with the abundant white blossoms of Malus 'Evereste' (Crabapple). They are followed by a symphony of flower colors in summer where the tall purple wands of Brazilian Verbena (Verbena bonariensis), and the pretty crimson velvety flowers of Dahlia coccinea intermingle with the profuse clusters of fuchsia-like, salmon flowers of Phygelius × rectus 'African Queen' (Cape Fuchsia).
As fall approaches, Miscanthus nepalensis (Himalayan Fairy Grass) puts on a splendid show with its delicate silky flower plumes gracefully arching above its lush foliage and swaying elegantly in the slightest breeze. Both the foliage of the Acer and Malus ignite to brilliant shades of red, orange and gold before shedding to the ground.
As the leaves fall, they reveal the incredibly pretty chestnut-brown bark of the Acer, which peels into thin, tight curls, displaying brighter cinnamon-red wood beneath. We can also admire the cherry-like, red blushed, orange-yellow fruit which bedeck the Malus and gleam like jewels in the soft sunlight.
Very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and birds, this interesting planting combination reveals its splendor, season after season.