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Trees with Four Seasons of Interest for your Garden

Create a garden that commands attention throughout the year by selecting trees that excite interest month after month and provide a ravishing show throughout all four seasons.

Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Spring foliage, spring color, Fall color, Fall Foliage, Drama Trees

Add Drama in Your Garden With Terrific Japanese Maples

While all Japanese Maples are beautiful and provide a fabulous architectural presence, in the garden or in containers, some enjoy 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.

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Create a Garden with Great Winter Interest

Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures, colors, fragrance and flowers. To create such a beautiful winter scene, you need to make sure you select the right plants.

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

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.

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Great Japanese Maples for Containers

When it comes to selecting the right Japanese Maple, the task may become daunting as there are many varieties to choose from. Below is a selection of the best or most distinctive Japanese Maples that could become the highlight of your containers.

Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Coral Bark Maples, Coral Bark Acers, Maples with wintert interest

Great Japanese Maples with Striking Coral Bark

Belonging to the 'Coral Bark group', these Japanese Maples are all outstanding four-season trees that are treasured by all gardeners as they grace the landscape

Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Spring foliage, spring color

Great Japanese Maples with Stunning Spring Color

Some varieties of Japanese Maples enjoy 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. 

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Plant Combination Ideas with Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples can adapt to a wide range of cultural situations. Easy to plant, they are shallow rooted and not serious competitors with companion shrubs.

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Combining Japanese Maples for long-lasting color impact

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.

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

Companion Plants for your Japanese Maples

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.

Winter Garden, Early Spring Garden, Exfoliating Bark, Pealing Bark, Acer, Japanese Maple, Betula, Birch, Prunus, Cherry Tree

Shrubs and Trees with Attractive Winter Bark

Bark becomes an important ornamental element in winter when the shedding of leaves exposes trunks and branches and reveals its glory.

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Best Companion Plants for Camellias

While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Camellias however look most charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

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