Guides: Japanese Garden
Coveted for their spectacular blooms which come in a wide range of shapes and colors, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are members of the genus Rhododendron, one of the largest genera in the plant world which includes over 900 species and over 20,000 named hybrids. All are fascinating.
While all Japanese Maples are beautiful and provide a fabulous architectural presence, in the garden or in containers, some feature particularly outstanding features such as dramatic foliage, long-lasting striking leaf color, unusual leaf shape, or striking winter bark. The eye can never pass lightly over the dazzling color presented by their flaming foliage across seasons or the graceful outlines of their brilliant coral twigs and branches.
Queens of the winter flowers, Camellias are attractive evergreen shrubs that are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms, their splendid evergreen foliage and their compact shapely habit. Blooming prodigiously for weeks from fall to spring (depending on climate and variety), when the rest of the garden offers little, Camellias are ranked as one of the very best flowering shrubs
Regarded one of the most spectacular of flowering trees, the Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis, is highly celebrated for its thousands of showy, almond-scented blossoms coming out all at once along its bare branches in early spring and then quickly falling..
Incredibly pretty when in full bloom, the Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata, is primarily grown for its profuse and showy spring blossoms in early or mid-spring. Depending on cultivars, the flowers may come in various shades of white and pink and may be single, semi-double or double.
A remarkable flowering cherry tree, Higan cherry, Prunus x subhirtella, is a landscape tree with multi-season interest. Prized for its profuse blooms in early or mid-spring, it is also noted for its sporadic blossoms in fall during warm days - a rare treat!
Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.
Some varieties of Japanese Maples feature terrific spring colors. Their lush, bright new leaves emerge with a variety of hues we usually expect in fall and create a spectacle of vibrant leaf color in the bleak landscape. If you are an unconditional lover of Japanese Maples, you may want to combine these spring cultivars with fall cultivars that possess stunning features to obtain a bold effect through multiple seasons.
Combine Japanese Maples with multiple seasons of interest, forms, leaf shapes or colors will extend their colorful impact in the garden and provide double the pleasure.
A single Japanese Maple placed in a prominent place attracts attention from every part of the garden. While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Japanese Maples however, look more charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.
Azaleas and Rhododendrons are highly popular ornamental shrubs that can be very impressive in the rock garden. Mixed with herbaceous perennials or combined with other small woody plants, they help create a beautiful tapestry of shape, flower and foliage color.
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