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By Kasy

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My favourite plant combination - Japanese acers and Hakonechloa macra 'Aurea'
May 2009

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wow! thats inspirational.

18 Oct, 2011


Stunning colours :o)

18 Oct, 2011


Yeah... really lovely...

18 Oct, 2011


I agree with all the above. What a fantastic display.

19 Oct, 2011


Have to agree with that tooo....brilliant combo...

20 Oct, 2011


Kasia, beautiful colour combination. Can you recommend me what neigbours will make perfect contrast with acer aconitifolium?

28 Oct, 2011


Thank you all;-)
Katarina - will come up with something soon - working this weekend... ;(

29 Oct, 2011


Kasia, you never came with the answer, do you know? :)

11 Feb, 2012


oh, I am very sorry Katarina...
Plant combinations...- well to be honest it is hard question.
There is so many combinations. In general you can play with plant's forms - let's say you take prostrate Cotoneaster horizontalis (or Juniperus horizontalis) and than plant next to it for example Spiraea 'Goldmund' or Buxus (keep it clipped to ball shape) and finally plant a columnar Juniperus 'Skyrocket' or Chamaecyparis 'Elwoodii' to add hight to a group.
Just look at the plant form and play with them.
You can also use plant texture - size of the leaves - plant small leaved plant (Spirea) together with tall grasses and add a plant with coarse texture (big leaves) to add contrast - i.e. Fatsja japonica.

12 Feb, 2012


Thank you, but I was meaning combination to Acer sp. I have Acer aconitifolium and close to him I am trimming two small sorts of Chamaecyparis to ball shapes. However, that place still looks somehow empty. So I was thinking about something low, but covering the land under the Acer with green/flowers.

12 Feb, 2012


I would recommend Cotoneaster horizontalis - it's got white flowers followed by the berries:) All year round interest:)

12 Feb, 2012


Not fan of it too much, I know which one you mean. I also read it is not very suitable to gardens with roses. IsnĀ“t there any ground covering plant. What about Calluna?

12 Feb, 2012


Hmm - calluna is not good as a ground cover....
how about Pachysandra terminalis?

12 Feb, 2012


:) I was thinking of that too. And decorative grass is suitable?

13 Feb, 2012


Yes, I can see it with the grass. For example Stipa tenuissima - my favourite.

14 Feb, 2012

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