Team elegant acer foliage with evergreen boxand choisyafor this bold oriental border
Autumn is a fabulous time to have acers in the garden. Their flamboyant colours, slow growth and elegant layers of branches make them a popular choice in even the smallest of courtyard gardens.
If you’re looking for partner plants to help their bonfire colours glow, it’s worth taking inspiration from the Orient. Japanese gardens have a serene atmosphere that comes in part from a calm, simplified plant palette – often just gentle greens and blues. These allow the vivid acers to take centre stage as their foliage changes colour.
Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) grow best with a bit of shade and shelter. Treat them as woodland edge or ‘understorey’ plants out of direct sun – a lightly shaded corner would be ideal.
All the shrubs here will pretty much look after themselves in time, making this an easy-care planting scheme perfect for a front garden, bringing you a sense of calm every time you arrive home as well as joy to passers-by.