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Informal and Cottage

Add romance, scent and color to your garden!

Celebrated for their abundant planting and profusion of color, cottage gardens generally enjoy a simple layout with a central narrow path of brick, stone or gravel separating rectangular beds on each side. Hedges, rose arbors and arches are often used to split the garden into various spaces enjoying different planting schemes and atmosphere. Self-seeding is favored and plants may spill across pathways, their delicate scent awakening the senses while passing by.


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Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its reliability and distinctive foliage color, Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub with an elegant, broad, arching habit and nicely contorted branches.

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Acer palmatum 'Eddisbury' (Coral Bark Maple)

Noted for its showy scarlet bark and fall color, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Eddisbury' (Coral-Bark Maple) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree of great interest.

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Acer palmatum 'Elegans' (Japanese Maple)

A truly elegant Japanese Maple, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Elegans' is a compact, nicely branched, deciduous tree with deeply divided and serrated long leaves, which emerge soft green with salmon pink tones in spring.

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Acer palmatum 'Garnet' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its outstanding color and vigor, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Garnet' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with large, deeply cut, dissected leaves of great beauty.

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Acer palmatum 'Ichigyoji' (Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer palmatum 'Katsura' (Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer palmatum 'Kinran' (Japanese Maple)

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

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Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with pretty, trailing leaves comprised of 5-7 narrow, straplike lobes, which emerge with crimson tones before quickly turning bright green. Born on short red stalks, the elegant leaves warm up to vibrant orange-yellow in fall

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Acer palmatum 'Omure-Yama' (Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Regarded as one of the most spectacular cascading Laceleaf Japanese Maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' is also one of the most admired for its remarkable leaf color.

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Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its reliability and distinctive foliage color, Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub with an elegant, rounded habit.

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Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' is a large deciduous shrub or small rounded tree with large, 7-lobed, serrated, bright green leaves turning brilliant orange-scarlet to crimson-red in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' (Coral Bark Maple)

Noted for its showy coral bark and fall color, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' (Coral-Bark Maple) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that is highly desirable.

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Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its unusual upright habit within the Laceleaf Japanasese Maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with small, deeply cut, dissected leaves of great beauty.

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Acer palmatum 'Shaina' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Shaina' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree with a pretty foliage of five pointed, narrow lobed, bright red leaves in spring, deepening to dark maroon-red in summer, and brightening again to brilliant crimson-red in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Shin-Deshojo' (Japanese Maple)

Regarded as the best red spring foliage color of any of the Japanese maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Shin-deshojo' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree, primarily grown for its striking spring foliage color. Emerging bright and showy crimson-red in spring, the small, pointed, lobed, serrated leaves gradually fade to green speckled with white in summer.

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Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' is a miniature deciduous shrub with a pretty foliage of small, sharply lobed leaves which emerge bright red in spring, and mature to rich purple-red throughout the summer. In the fall, the attractive foliage turns bright scarlet, before shedding to the ground.

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Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' (Japanese Maple)

Adding drama to the garden wherever grown, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' is a deciduous shrub or small tree of outstanding interest.

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Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' (Japanese Maple)

A fascinating Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' or 'Floating Clouds' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a most outstanding variegated foliage.

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Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' (Japanese Maple)

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

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Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame' (Coral Bark Maple)

Smaller but as desirable as the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame' is noted for its showy coral bark and fall color. This medium-sized deciduous tree features delicate 5-lobed leaves which open lime green in spring, mature to mid green in summer, and warm up to golden-yellow, orange and red in fall before they shed to the ground.

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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.