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Garden Open Days

As part of the Hardy Plant Society's Open Gardens program , our garden will be open on the following dates. If you are not a member of HPSO (and I encourage you to do so!), contact me personally for an appointment. Sunday, May 29 - 10-4 Sunday, June 5 - 10-4 Monday, June 6 - 10-4 Saturday, June 11 - 10-4 (part of the West Clark County Mini Tour consisting of five additional gardens in the area)

Japanese Maple Inventory

 'Amagi Shigure'

I counted 15 Japanese maples on my plant inventory sheet although there is at least one that I do not remember planting and haven't seen it lately. Several of our maples, purchased from East Fork Nursery a few years ago, are in pots. They are doing well which is a relief. Growing trees in pots in not something I normally do. The new spring growth is very pretty. 

'Shaina' - I've been eating my words about this one. I hate the way it looks in winter when its dead leaves cling to the tree. I tried everything (including using the leaf blower) to dislodge them with no luck. But look at it now! And it is growing rather fast.

To Shaina's right is Acer palmatum ‘Murasaki Kiyohime’ which was already here when we moved in. We prune it on it constantly as it wants to keep getting higher although most stats say that it reaches 3-4' tall. Of course it wants to do more than that.

‘Murasaki Kiyohime’

'Ruby Stars'

'Japanese Princess'


'Skeeter's Broom' with the aforementioned 'Shaina' and '‘Murasaki Kiyohime’ at the right.

Not pictured are 'Aconitifolium' ('Dancing Peacock'), 'Bihou', 'Geisha Gone Wild', 'Osakazuki', 'Sango Kaku' and 'Aureum'. 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. You've got a lovely collection, Phillip. I have just 3 Japanese maples. I'd love to have more - especially a red-leafed variety - but our summers are hard on them. I have to place them in areas protected from the summer sun and dry winds and there are just so many of those spots available.

  2. Phillip I also have a weakness for Japanese maples . I have eight scattered about in my gardens .. some lace cut .. some the ordinary Bloodgood, so I can count on them coming through our winters (most times ?) and one green lace cut "Waterfall" which grows painfully slow (to me at least ? LOL) all the rest are those gorgeous deep burgundy red .. I love your "Moonrise" it is gorgeous ! .. One of my oldest and favorites is Inaba Shidare by our water feature , it arches ? in a beautiful way to me.
    I can't imagine my garden without them . They are exclamation points that dot the gardens and make me smile. Your gardens are stunning ;-)


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