|Virginia sweetspire 'Little Henry' is every bit as fragrant as|
his big brother 'Henry's garnet' but at half the size is
much easier to find room for.
Thankfully there are plenty of dwarf varieties of our favorite giants so we needn’t feel deprived and our gardens can still showcase an interesting array of beautiful plants.
|'Little Henry' in fall colors|
|Coral buds, orange flowers and evergreen|
foliage make this 'Rosemary Barberry'
a 5 star shrub. Even better it is only 2' tall
|'Little heath' with Rodgersia p. 'Rotlaub'|
Photo credit; One thousand words photography
|Fireglow Japanese maple fits well into small gardens.|
Pair it with fuchsia 'Checkerboard' and 'Peach flambe'
heuchera for a gentle color echo.
Who doesn’t love Japanese maples? In the nursery they all look so enticing in their 5g pots….and then you read the label. Why is it that all the ones you like grow 20’ tall or more? Of course that is always hoping that the label is correct. I have been caught out a couple of times and now carry the Timber Press ‘Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples’ by J. D. Vertrees. This author is considered the authority on all things maple so I’ll trust that book over any nursery tag. One of the most popular dark leaved Japanese maples is ‘Bloodgood’ (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) which retains rich burgundy foliage even in full sun before turning fiery shades of crimson in fall. Since it will eventually reach 30’ tall, this may not be for everyone. ‘Fireglow’ is very similar in form and color but grows to about half that size.
|'Redwood' Japanese maple is the perfect|
size for containers.