Utilizing colorful, textural foliage as a complement to bright blooms helps create visually engaging landscape designs that withstand the test of time. As you walk around the garden center, you’ll find foliage in a rainbow of different colors and textures, from delicate and graceful Muhly grass with it’s arching, pastel tendrils, to bold, evergreen Loropetalum with its rich, burgundy leaves and tendril-like fuchsia blooms.
Japanese maples are your best bet for colorful fall foliage in Florida. Vibrant foliage emerges in spring, shows off its beautiful texture all summer, and sets the landscape ablaze with color every fall. Undulating branches take on unique formations that provide interest in winter after the leaves have dropped. This timeless beauty brings excitement to any garden, and makes a wonderful companion to azaleas, hydrangeas and shade-loving perennials.
Care & Culture
Japanese Maples thrive when planted in moist,slightly acidic, well-drained soil rich with organic materials. Poor soil should be amended using Michigan peat prior to planting. Add a generous scoop of Bio-tone starter fertilizer to the hole at the time of planting to encourage rapid root development and faster growth. Be sure to provide ample irrigation in the weeks after planting, especially during summer months. Perennials and ground-covers planted around the base of the tree add additional color to the area while helping protect the trunk from mower or weed-eater injury.
Care & Culture