Japanese Maples

japanese maple

This is the time of year for the Japanese Maples to shine and they never fail to disappoint!
Maples are magnificent trees providing the garden with the most exceptional display of foliage and form throughout the year, peaking in October/November when the first leaves fall, when their colours change, giving the most spectacular shows of Autumn colour.

Japanese Maples

The Acer palmatum is generally a large shrub or small tree. They exhibit a wide range of forms including weeping and fastigiate and their leaf shape are varying forms of palmate, some incredibly ornate. They are at their best in a moist but well drained soil, sheltered from cold winds.
From specialist nurseries you can buy the most exceptional range of Japanese Maples, including dissectum, ranging from red, purple, green, yellow/pink and variegated.

Japanese Maples

These plant sizes also start from smaller sizes right up to an impressive large Acer palmatum at 2.5metres height by 1.5 metres wide in a 1000L pot at £590.00.
Acer palmatum is certainly a wonderful choice of specimen tree for your garden whether planted alone to enhance a focal point or planted amongst other plants such as dwarf conifers, Himalayan Birch and Hibiscus to create a Japanese feel.

The maple tree has a distinctive shaped leaf which of course the symbol used on the Canadian flag. The process of extracting the sweet maple syrup can be done with most maple species. However, there are three main types of maple tree that are mainly farmed to make the wonderful syrup. The first tree is the acer saccharum which produces a sweet sap as the latin name suggests. Then there is much use made of the black maple, mainly for cooking or sweetening ready made foods. Finally the red version of the maple is bled for its very sweet sap. Did you know that only one of these maple trees will make just one bottle of the golden sickly liquid!

Chimonanthus – Winter Sweets

Chimonanthus praecox

There are certain plants which are at their best when they have lost their leaves during the Winter including Hamamelis (witch hazel) Cornus (dogwood) and Corylus avellana contorta (twisted hazel). Chimonanthus praceox is one such plant, coming into its own from December-February.

Chimonanthus – Winter Sweets

Chimonanthus – Winter Sweets are a genus containing six species of both deciduous and evergreen shrubs. It is a vigorous, upright shrub which is best left unpruned as it matures. They are easily grown and are happiest planted against a sunny wall. They succeed in well drained soil and are extremely content in chalky ground.
The Chimonanthus praecox produces yellow flowers stained purple at the centre which exude the most fragrant of scents during the Winter months.
I think this would be a stunning addition to any Winter garden especially planted where those delicate flowers and intoxicating scent can truely be best appreciated. Please click on this website for available sizes and prices.

The ‘lantern tree,’ is our chosen plant this month and looks breathtaking at the moment. It is displayed amongst Himalayan Birch, red Acers, Bamboo & Azaleas here at Dyffryn and fits into a Japanese theme perfectly.
Crinodendron is an upright, evergreen shrub with narrow, dark green, glossy foliage. Hanging, lantern like scarlet flowers are produced in early summer.
It prefers a moist, well drained acid soil in a shaded spot away from direct sun and cold winds.

As an evergreen shrub, Crinodendron is a wonderful garden addition but the delicate, scarlet lanterns which hang from it during early Summer make it a definite must have plant.

I love plants that surprise you!

The Feijoa at first glance is a statuesque, graceful shrub with green grey, rounded foliage. I thought that it would be at home in a bright, warm border providing a nice backdrop of foliage for the lower, brighter herbaceous perennials..but no!

Very small grey ‘Peonie’ like buds began to appear in early July, gradually revealing the most exquisite sub tropical like flowers! Its flowers’ form and colour, although slightly different, remind me of the Passion Flower, screaming of exotic lands far far away!

The ‘Pineapple guava’ is a large shrub and can be hardy when planted in a sunny, sheltered position. The foliage is grey green with a white, soft underside. The flowers have fleshy crimson and white petals and a central grouping of crimson stamens. Fruits can also be produced after a hot summer. Both the flower petals and fruits can be consumed and have a rich, aromatic flavour.

The beautiful Feijoa is best appreciated on a terrace or deck as a Specimen, planted amongst other plants with sub tropical foliage and flowers such as Passifora, Fatsia, Bamboo or Mimosa! Plant them and lay back on a warm Summer evening in your own exotic private paradise!

Planting Climbers Advice

Planting Climbers Advice

The concept of the Instant garden, transforming empty spaces into mature oasis’, has been welcomed by our readers with open arms. The use of mature climbers takes this concept one step further, giving a garden those special and effective finishing touches.

Planting Climbers Advice

Climbers used cleverly, can create stunning results, immediately transforming hard architectural garden structures such as pergolas and archways into something less obvious and altogether more beautiful. They can be trained around doorways and up ugly, exterior house walls, giving your home a completely different feel.

There are both evergreen and deciduous climbers, hardy and more tender but providing you have a suitable site, are worth the extra effort!
Passiflora caerulea, with its rampant evergreen foliage and sub tropical looking purple and blue scented flowers and the deciduous Campsis Madame Galen with its beautiful orange-red trumpet flowers, require a sheltered, sunny, south facing position, and if given this will reward you with a spectacular display of colour and form.

Planting Climbers Advice

Parthenocissus-‘Virginia Creeper,’is deciduous but produces dense foliage and wonderful Autumn colour and the evergreen Hedera-Ivy are not ‘pretty’ climbers but invaluable for covering bare exterior walls as they are extremely vigorous in full sun or the deepest shade.
The deciduous Wisteria sinensis, with its lilac grape like flower bunches and intoxicating scent and the evergreen Trachelospermum jasminoides with its sweet jasmine smelling, small white flowers, if planted in a warm position over an arch or pergola, will overwhelm your senses with their hypnotic fragrance.
More shady positions can also benefit from sweet scented evergreen climbers in the form of Clematis armandii, a rampant climber, producing sweet smelling, white flowers in early March and Lonicera japonica Halliana, the evergreen honeysuckle, producing extremely fragrant white then yellow flowers.

Planting Climbers Advice

You can always mix plant your Climbers for all year round appeal. For example, Wisteria sinensis with Clematis armandii or Jasmine officinale and Campsis.
Whether it’s scent, colour or screening you want, our Mature Climbers will help you to create a different ambience within your garden.

Potentilla Lovely Pink

Potentilla Lovely Pink

While our Summer has been slowly washed down the proverbial drain by the never ending rain, I hope your desire to get out into the garden has not been lost. There are a few rare floral treasures that can pull us back from the brink of despair and raise our spirits, ensuring that we still continue to don our wellingtons!

Potentilla Lovely Pink is exactly that – lovely. I have always liked the happy, confident yellow and orange colours produced by this wonderful shrub. The flower of the Potentilla Lovely Pink is much more subtle and almost embarrassed by its prettiness.

Potentilla Lovely Pink

Potentilla is a hardy, deciduous shrub which shrinks back into the border every Autumn/Winteradopting a twiggy appearance. It emerges very slowly in Spring, gradually coming to life and then hops, skips and jumps into July with vigorous growth and an abundance of bud.

The flowers are pink semi-doubles and completely cover this hardy shrub. It has a globe like habit and attractive dark green foliage. It will continue to flower throughout July and August.

Potentilla Lovely Pink

Potentilla Lovely Pink is a small, compact shrub which will appreciate an early Spring cut and shape prior to its new Spring time growth.

Bring some fresh, dewey flora into your garden and let its bashful innocence charm you outside, forgetting all about the grey clouds and rainy days.