Garden Types / Gravel and Rock Garden
Designed to recreate the free-draining dry conditions of alpine meadows, rock gardens can be expensive to build and labor-intensive. However, a pleasing rock garden can be created and enjoyed even when space and resources are limited, by filling crevices between paving stones or using carpeting varieties at the front of a mixed border. You may transform a soft slope into a scree garden and plant an array of colorful rock plants that will scramble in and over small rocks or boulders. Raised beds are another pretty alternative as they provide excellent drainage and the perfect conditions to grow a rich selection of Alpine plants and dwarf hardy bulbs such as crocus, narcissus, tulip, chionodoxa, allium, eranthis or galanthus.
A deservedly popular White Fir, Abies concolor 'Compacta' is a slow-growing dwarf evergreen conifer of great beauty. It forms a dense, compact mound of irregular, spreading shape, unless it is sheared to a conical form. Its branches are beautifully clothed with long and slender, powder-blue needles
Stately and elegant, Abies nordmaniana 'Golden Spreader' is a slow-growing evergreen conifer of great beauty, particularly in the winter garden. While this dwarf Nordman fir sports a soft green color in summer and fall, its needles turn bright golden-yellow in winter.
Similar but much smaller than the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Aka Kawa Hime' is also a very desirable Japanese Maple. This deciduous shrub or small tree features a delicate foliage of 5 lobed leaves which emerge fresh yellow-green in spring, mature to mid green in summer and warm up to attractive shades of gold, yellow and red in fall before they shed to the ground.
Similar to the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Beni-Kawa' is noted for its glowing salmon-red bark and vibrant fall color. This deciduous shrub or small tree features a delicate foliage of 5-7 slender tipped lobed leaves which emerge rich green in spring, sometimes lightly edged with red tints.
Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Chitose-Yama' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with a striking foliage. Emerging rich purple red in spring, the seven pointed, lobed leaves mature to bronze green in summer. In the fall, the leaves turn bright crimson before shedding to the ground.
Acer palmatum 'Crippsii' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree with a pretty foliage of five pointed, lobed, deep emerald green leaves in summer, turning vibrant orange in the fall before shedding to the ground. Slow growing, this dwarf Japanese Maple enjoys a vase-shaped habit and is ideal for containers or small gardens.
Acer palmatum 'Ichigyoji' is an open deciduous tree with a pretty foliage of lobed palm-shaped leaves which emerge gold in spring and turn vibrant orange in the fall before shedding to the ground. As they fall, they expose the rough gray bark and red branches, adding a much needed splash of color in the winter landscape.
Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is a lovely deciduous shrub with a striking foliage, season after season. Emerging golden-orange with pink edges in early spring, the delicate foliage of small 5 to 7 lobed leaves matures to bright green in summer before turning brilliant shades of orange and yellow in fall.
Acer palmatum 'Kinran' is a small deciduous tree with a pretty foliage of lacy, deeply divided, long, pointed leaves which emerge rich, bronzy-red in spring with prominent bright yellow-green mid-veins. The graceful foliage turns green with a pink cast in summer and warms up to bright gold with crimson highlights in the fall
Noted for its spectacular cascading branches and striking fall color, Acer palmatum 'Omure-Yama' is a particularly interesting Japanese Maple. First, it changes from an upright habit when young to a semi-pendulous form at maturity, when its graceful, long new shoots start cascading down.
Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a medium sized deciduous shrub with a striking foliage, season after season. Emerging golden-yellow with pink edges in early spring, the delicate foliage of lobed leaves matures to chartreuse in summer before turning brilliant orange-yellow in fall.
Noted for keeping its rich purple-red foliage color better than any other Laceleaf Japanese Maples, Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' is a compact, slow-growing deciduous shrub with elegant dissected leaves reminiscent of the claws of a dragon.
Noted for its miniature size and striking leaf color, Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' is a particularly charming Japanese Maple. Emerging salmon pink to bright orange in spring, the delicate foliage of small 5-lobed pointed leaves gradually mature lime green in summer before changing again to delightful shades of salmon, pinky-orange and carmine red in fall