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What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

Posted by meyermike_1micha 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 19, 13 at 10:08

I can't figure what what plants would be great companions under a very red maple.

Please give me some suggestions, especially on perennials.

Thanks so much


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RE: What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

Black mondo grass possibly?


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RE: What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

Depends upon your personal taste.
I would not go for the black mondo as it is too dark/ brooding under a redleaved tree.

Prefer something brighter,
A greygreen would be subtle contrast, with an Geranium renardii (what is the soil like, by the way.),

Some golden green cheerful contrast, with some medium, solid goldengreen Hosta (August moon),

How important is an winter aspect, do Hellebores grow in Z5 .

Chuck in some details, perhaps something usefull for you might pop up,

Bye, Lin


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RE: What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

I have Emerald and Gold euonymus under a red Japanese maple, and it looks very nice. Good contrast.


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RE: What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

Forget color...what can grow in that much shade and with that much root competition?

I'd go with ferns and spring bulbs. Japanese painted ferns, red beauty ferns, grape hyacinth, trillium?


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RE: What do you suggest under a flaming red Japanese Maple?

Hakone grass is a nice companion. I have a golden one (three plants) that grows well under dappled shade. It cascades beautifully if among some rocks. In my zone 5 it has stayed in control with a bit of spread. Actually wish it would take off a bit more.


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