|Long Shadows in the Garden|
In my adult life, I think I have always added Japanese Maples to just about every garden I've ever had. They're relatively slow growing, but have a nice shape and are fun to play with. Oh and the little leaves compost nicely or blow away, so minimize on the raking in the fall time. I've mostly had the green J. Maples, but they just didn't seem appropriate here.
I love when the Japanese Maple start getting really bushy and a little crazy looking. The new branches are always tender and can easily be pinched off. So you can sculpt them and give them new shape. If you take off some of the leaves and little branches on the interior of the tree, it brings in light. I tend to go to extremes and even I have never messed one up by over doing it.
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