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Alluring me into my garden…. the spring colors of my Japanese Maples and Conifers

April 23, 2013

Planting season has arrived in my zone 7b garden.  I’ve been working hard these last few weeks designing and planting the many flower beds and containers in my garden.

Of course, there is still so much to do (there always is) but this spring I’ve been drawn to the amazing colors that my Japanese maples and conifers are showcasing.  In order to capture their alluring brilliance, I decided to take a breather from gardening today so I could share a few photos with you.

I do believe their colors are simply amazing this spring….what do you think?


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  Above and below photos: Acer palm. ‘Baldsmith‘, Acer palm.”Ornatum‘, Acer palm. ‘Twombley Red‘, Acer palm. ‘Mikawa yatsubusa‘, Acer palm. ‘Beni otake’, Acer palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’, Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Saligna Aurea‘, Cupressus leylandi ‘Golconda‘, Picea abies ‘Frohburg‘, Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’, Juniperus chinensis ‘Daubs Frosted‘, Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Pinus strobus ‘Niagara Falls‘, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis.


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     Trees in the foreground are: Acer palm. ‘Shishigashira‘, FringeTree, Acer palm. ‘Watnong‘.


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    Acer palm. ‘Bloodgood‘, Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin Blue‘, Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’.


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     Large dissectum ‘Crimson Queen‘.


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     Acer palm. ‘Waterfall’, Acer palm. ‘Baldsmith‘ Acer palm. ‘Beni Otake’, Formosa azaleas.


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    Cedrus deodara ‘Sanders Blue‘, Chinese Snowball viburnum.


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    Acer palm. ‘Koto no ito‘, Acer palm. ‘Bloodgood’, Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin Blue’.

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Acer palm. ‘Koto no ito’ leafing out in my garden. ‘Koto no ito’ means ‘Harp Strings‘ given that name due to the very fine linearlobum leaves. This Japanese maple is a new addition to my garden. An upright graceful tree that I’m sure will become a favorite.


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Acer palm. ‘Twombley Red‘ keeps its red color even during the summer.

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 Acer palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki‘, Formosa azalea.

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    Acer  palm. ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’ is a lovely variegated JapMaple.

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 Above and below photos: Acer palm. ‘Red Feathers’.  The photo above is back-lit by the late afternoon sun giving ‘Red Feathers’ a glow. A collector’s specimen in my garden. Lovely.

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Acer palm. ‘Shishigashira‘ translates into lions head. It’s branches are covered in curly leaves. Another new addition to my garden. A fine specimen.


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 Acer palm. ‘Orange Dream’



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  Acer palm. ‘Beni otake‘, Acer palm.”Ornatum‘, Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Saligna Aurea‘, Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Pinus strobus ‘Niagara Falls‘, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis , cedrus deodara ‘Snow Sprite, Tsuga Canadensis, Picea abies ‘Pusch‘.

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Well, I’ve given you a peak of just a few of the Japanese Maples and conifers that I grow in my garden. I have over 50 Japanese maples and well over a hundred conifers in my landscape. Yes, I am a Conehead’ and ‘Maplehead’. Perhaps sometime during the hot and humid dog days of summer, when I limit my time working in the garden, I’ll find the time to go through my photo catalog so I can designate a blog post just for identifying many of the other specimen conifers and maples I have in my landscape.

Till next time- Happy gardening!





April 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

My heavens… you have absolutely stolen my heart with this post! How large is your garden? It’s just exactly how I would like mine to look one day…

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    April 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    My garden is less than an acre so it is quite manageable. I love JMaples and conifers (just a few of my several plant obsessions) and this time of year they really put on a show. It’s taken me years to get it to look this way and I’m still working on it….

      Warren Aldrich
      April 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Your garden is lovely and not like a collector’s place but a work of artistry in how it combines so many wonderful plants all together.
      Thanks for producing this.

April 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Absolutely stunning!

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    April 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks so much Phillip. I’ve certainly enjoyed all your garden posts this spring. Wish I lived close by so I could have toured your garden. This is my favorite time of year for all my JMaples and conifers -autumn is a close second- and of course the roses and peonies will be dominating the spotlight here soon…

April 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Fabulous! Your garden is a very special place, and comes close to my ideal garden! Now I know that my own collection of something over 15 Jap maples (I need to make an exact count) in my 3.5 acres is nowhere near complete! Deodar cedar ‘Feelin’ Blue’ may be my favorite tree. In my garden it has amazing blue color.

September 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Just found your blog – breathtaking!
Quick question: in the last photo with the bench seat, what is that chartreuse color groundcover? Is it a type of juniper?
Absolutely lovely.

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    September 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Yes, it’s ‘Daubs Frosted’ juniper. Thanks for stopping by..

October 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

wow, the colors are beautiful, love all the japanese maples and the cedar trees! I have a bunch of japanese maples in our garden but they are not as mature as your trees. This year our colors are not so much.

I did plant a couple of Deodar Cedars at the end of last year and they are doing good.
Deodar Cedar

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    October 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Michael, I absolutely love JapMaples and conifers. One of my obsessions. I have a total of 40 JapMaples currently in my garden and am hoping I get a spectacular fall display out of them this year. I have several Deodar Cedars in my landscape, very easy to grow and beautiful too.. Thanks for stopping by…

November 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I stumbled upon your blog searching for Acer palmatum “Shishigashira” and am wowed by the types of Japanese maples profiled! I can only imagine what the fall colors are like.

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