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Japanese style feathery plants

hi it’s me again! Now the sleepers are in, I was thinking of some feathery maple trees in our small garden, ie do they maybe need larger areas to grow? Could I put larger maple trees in too do you think for privacy and any other ideas of plants that will match in? Anyone have any pictures Thank you 

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  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    edited April 2018
    Jap. maples come in all sizes, very airy, can be as small as 1m to 2m, wouldn't hesitate to use one in the smallest of gardens.

    i was attracted to the 'title' actually...i'm a fan of feathery foliage.  Would recommend Sorbaria Sem and Sambucus shrubs  i have each in a pot right now, they 'shape' quite well if you need to keep the size down.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,084
    I was very pleased with a group of feathery Stipa tenuissima I grew last year.
    Especially beautiful in a breeze - a bit like Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind :)
    They've also self-seeded, so I've got dozens of plants this year

    I've got 4 acers, the most beautiful of which is A. Palmatum Dissectum.
    Feathery light green foliage in spring then in autumn - 

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Angela.oneillwalkerAngela.oneillwalker ManchesterPosts: 50
    Pete8 said:
    I was very pleased with a group of feathery Stipa tenuissima I grew last year.
    Especially beautiful in a breeze - a bit like Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind :)
    They've also self-seeded, so I've got dozens of plants this year

    I've got 4 acers, the most beautiful of which is A. Palmatum Dissectum.
    Feathery light green foliage in spring then in autumn - 

    Thank you ;) 
  • Angela.oneillwalkerAngela.oneillwalker ManchesterPosts: 50
    UpNorth said:
    Jap. maples come in all sizes, very airy, can be as small as 1m to 2m, wouldn't hesitate to use one in the smallest of gardens.

    i was attracted to the 'title' actually...i'm a fan of feathery foliage.  Would recommend Sorbaria Sem and Sambucus shrubs  i have each in a pot right now, they 'shape' quite well if you need to keep the size down.

    Thank you 😊 
  • amberspyamberspy Posts: 379
    Pete8 said:
    I was very pleased with a group of feathery Stipa tenuissima I grew last year.
    Especially beautiful in a breeze - a bit like Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind :)
    They've also self-seeded, so I've got dozens of plants this year

    I've got 4 acers, the most beautiful of which is A. Palmatum Dissectum.
    Feathery light green foliage in spring then in autumn - 

    Thank you ;) 
    Wow that’s a beautiful tree 
    did it take years to grow to that height 
    such a pretty colour 
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    edited April 2018
    I have two Acers in large pots. Since I moved to this more exposed area it has been a challenge to keep them looking good as the leaves get scorched.



    The smaller one is Acer 'orange dream' (the name is a misnomer in my opinion as it is a variety of shades including peach) which has a lovely form and is not too vigorous. The drawback is that this one does not like strong sun at all, one for the shady areas as its light golden foliage lights up a darker area.

    The other one is Acer 'sumi-nagashi' - This one has a larger and more open growth habit and is a rich dark red. It handles the wind and sun better.

    There are some lovely cultivars out there - just a word of warning about whether they like to be well protected or in more shaded areas. Sorry I don't have a better picture this is just as we were moving house. The orange dream is to the right.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,084
    amberspy said:
    Pete8 said:
    I was very pleased with a group of feathery Stipa tenuissima I grew last year.
    Especially beautiful in a breeze - a bit like Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind :)
    They've also self-seeded, so I've got dozens of plants this year

    I've got 4 acers, the most beautiful of which is A. Palmatum Dissectum.
    Feathery light green foliage in spring then in autumn - 

    Thank you ;) 
    Wow that’s a beautiful tree 
    did it take years to grow to that height 
    such a pretty colour 
    Thanks amberspy - I got it about 30 yrs ago as a 3ft sapling - it's now about 10ft high and 20ft wide. I've never really pruned or shaped or done anything to it.
    Last year I had the local camera club asking to take photo's - I was well chuffed!
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Angela.oneillwalkerAngela.oneillwalker ManchesterPosts: 50
    Thank you they’re beautiful x
  • Angela.oneillwalkerAngela.oneillwalker ManchesterPosts: 50
    Pete8 said:
    amberspy said:
    Pete8 said:
    I was very pleased with a group of feathery Stipa tenuissima I grew last year.
    Especially beautiful in a breeze - a bit like Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind :)
    They've also self-seeded, so I've got dozens of plants this year

    I've got 4 acers, the most beautiful of which is A. Palmatum Dissectum.
    Feathery light green foliage in spring then in autumn - 

    Thank you ;) 
    Wow that’s a beautiful tree 
    did it take years to grow to that height 
    such a pretty colour 
    Thanks amberspy - I got it about 30 yrs ago as a 3ft sapling - it's now about 10ft high and 20ft wide. I've never really pruned or shaped or done anything to it.
    Last year I had the local camera club asking to take photo's - I was well chuffed!
    Wow gorgeous 😍
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