Japanese Garden Summer Tour | Our Japanese Garden Escape

Japanese Garden Summer Tour | Our Japanese Garden Escape

A complete tour of our Japanese garden as we progress from spring into early summer. The garden has begun to become alive, full of blossoms, color and a wide variety of magnificent Japanese maples. Follow us as we show you how the garden has changed drastically in just two months and enjoy learning about the varieties of shrubs and trees we have planted over the years.

Plants mentioned in this video:
Japanese Flowering Cherry ‘Kanzan’ – Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’
Flowering Fuji cherry – Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’
Sweet cherry – Prunus avium
Flowering cherry plum – Prunus cerasifera ‘nigra’
Pink Japanese azaleas – Rhododendron obtusum ‘Michiko’ – semi-evergreen
White deciduous azaleas – Rhododendron luteum ‘Persil’
White Japanese azaleas – Rhododendron obtusum ‘Snow White’ – evergreen
Rhododendron – Rhododendron – evergreen
Japanese maple (red or green) – Acer palmatum
Dissected Japanese maple (red or green) – Acer palmatum var. dissectum
Fullmoon Japanese maple (green/orange) – Acer japonicum / Acer palmatum
Bloodgood Japanese maple (red) – Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
Norway maple – Acer platanoides
Golden bamboo – Phyllostachys aurea – evergreen
Arrow bamboo – Pseudosasa japonica – evergreen
Black bamboo – Phyllostachys nigra – evergreen
European red pine or Scots pine – Pinus sylvestris – evergreen
Japanese black pine – Pinus thunbergii – evergreen
Eastern red cedar – Juniperus virginiana – evergreen
Himalayan cedar – Cedrus deodora – evergreen
Blue junipers (groundcover) – Juniperus horizontalis – evergreen
Common juniper – Juniperus communis – evergreen
Monterey cypress – Cupressus macrocarpa – evergreen
Golden larch – Pseudolarix amabilis
Japanese larch – Larix kaempferi
Fir (bush shape) – Abies – evergreen
Elderberry – Sambucus
Silverthorn – Elaeagnus pungens
Corkscrew hazel – Corylus avellana Contorta
Holly – Ilex – evergreen
Mountain laurel – Kalmia latifolia – evergreen
Japanese holly – Ilex crenata – evergreen
Portuguese laurel – Prunus lusitanica – evergreen
Boxwood – Buxus – evergreen
Japanese andromeda – Pieris japonica – evergreen
Sacred bamboo (not actually a bamboo) – Nandina domestica – evergreen
Japanese yew – Taxus cuspidata – evergreen
English yew – Taxus baccata – evergreen
Japanese iris – Iris ensata (formerly kaempferi)
Japanese blood grass – Imperata cylindrica
Rough horsetail – Equisetum hyemale
Wood fern – Dryopteris

We are in a climate/hardiness zone 6 and all plants above are growing well in our garden.

Note on Japanese maples:
The basic types of Japanese maples are listed above. There are countless varieties/cultivars of each type and the availability will depend on where in the world you live and what your local nursery stocks. Japanese maples can be naturally grown trees or grafted onto a root stock of a more resistant type of Japanese maple. The shape can be a natural upright growing shape or a weeping or dome like shape, which will grow wider but not taller. Japanese maples generally grow well in climate zones 5-8 and are quite tolerant regarding the soil type. The soil in our garden is slightly acidic loam soil and the maples really love that. Japanese maples are basically maintenance free, however, in Japanese gardens most maples are pruned.

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  1. edmund blackadder coc on April 2, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Hi, here in the U.K we had a pretty severe cold and dry winter. I lost 11 10 year old satsuki’s through it, and an exposed Pieris Japonica. My large maples have suffered too so you aren’t alone. If I could offer a bit of advice?
    1. Cut your ‘dead’ maple back to around 6 inches if the graft it may regenerate.(as you mentioned one of yours has already done that)
    2. Your Azalea’s need pruning back hard every year at the latest 2 weeks after flowering, or they set seeds which takes strength from the plants.
    Also after every flowering sprinkle them with granulated time release fertiliser, and mulch them with natural bark chippings.(I think you can order it by the ton, wheel barrow out:) The mulching does two things, keeps the heavy frost from the roots and maintains water underneath the soil,as they are evergreen they still growing.
    If Azalea’s are planted around larger trees they may need extra watering in the spring/summer.
    3. Buy a back pack sprayer and some powdered ericaceous feed mixed with water of course. Fill it and spray all your trees once spring is here, and spray all the leaves. Including Maples, Pines, junipers basically everything just once in Spring/early summer.
    Hope that helps a little👍
    Oh if you aren’t sure your Azalea’s are alive scratch the surface on one of the trunks, if it shows the green Cambium layer they are still worth saving, that goes for any plant/tree.

  2. George Palmerin on April 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I really enjoyed your garden, beautiful i watched 5 times. I have about 13 maples. beautiful . i baby my trees / Do you do any feeding. I am in Chicago USA/ chow/

  3. Bea Demel on April 2, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I am wandering which part of the world is this garden?

  4. Kaan Forward on April 2, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Magnificent! You should show off some of your bonsai at some point!

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