Creating Spring Color With Japanese Maples and Conifers in My Garden

I’m all about color. In my garden that is. Anyone who has visited my garden knows that between all the roses, hydrangeas, peonies, bulbs, perennials, and annuals that color always makes a statement every spring and summer in my garden.
However, for the last several years my spring garden has been displaying a different type of explosion of color and texture — one that involves an obsession of mine– collecting conifers and Japanese Maples.
I have been avidly collecting both for over 6 years now and there seems to be no stopping me.
That is until I run out of space which I am precariously approaching ( I garden on about one acre) and when that happens I’m convinced I’ll start redesigning my landscape to justify my need (obsession) for the latest cool new conifer or alluring Japanese maple.
One thing is for sure, this obsession of mine gives me a spectacular display of color and texture and that is something I cherish each spring.
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  • Ldg4649501 Ldg4649501 on Feb 17, 2016
    Very inspirational....any suggestions for reliable sources for saligna aurea cypress? And did you prune yours into the spiral shape?! Thank you!

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  • Zeebo Zeebo on May 03, 2015
    It's amazing how much color and texture is in your garden, without a flower in sight! I live on 5 acres and am always looking at bushes and trees to plant because flowers are a lot of work! Your space looks so natural and inviting, you're clearly doing something right.

  • Vanessa Pantley Vanessa Pantley on Nov 28, 2020

    This is a long shot, but is there any chance you have a list of the plant types in these photos? I have been searching for weeks for concepts for my parent's entry and this look is the best designed space I have found for their property.


    If you would be willing to share a plant type list, you have no idea how thrilled I would be.


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