Monday, October 27, 2014

Big Cargo

All of a sudden, large red bark maples are all the rage.

This past weekend, several of the 36" Beni Kawa went to new homes.  The one in the picture took a ride in a pickup that typically hauls horses.  The new owners drove back out from Freestone with their truck so they could have new maple sooner.

Perhaps, the idea of a fully grown tree is reassuring.  Folks know how big the plant will get and they know it will make an instant impact in their garden.  These are actually dwarf [about 12' tall] maples.  However, the red winter color dwarfs everything else around them!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunset - The Magazine, The Sky, The Color

It's that time of year when the sun starts to set a little sooner, the clouds make the evenings more dramatic, and Wildwood is in the magazine.

Red sunsets and gold fall colors make even the most pedestrian summer garden a showstopper.  The long slog through the dry spell is finally coming to end.  Fall color is a great energizer for those weekend gardening chores.

Ginkgos are the quintessential picture of fall color.  Their unmistakable leaf outline and radiant gold color transform gardens.  Wildwood has several different mini-Ginkgos to choose from this fall.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Refreshing Views

The last few weeks, it seems like we've been staring threw the lens of cameras more often than not.

All the new shots are starting to pay off with the addition of the online shop and updates on the plant pages.  With the mercury near 100 Sunday, it was refreshing to stay in the shade and peer out. 

The picture to the left is one of the views we enjoy the most.  It is also the background for the blog.  The natural setting is a constant reminder of the where Wildwood and CA gardens start.  We work to both compliment and reshape landscapes like the one in this view.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sha Sha Sha Shaina

Feeling in the mood for the cool melody of a dwarf red maple?

The old standard is A.p. Shaina.  This slow growing maple has slightly smaller leaves than a palmatum leaf.  With a compact twiggy growth habit, young trees have the look of a wily old maple.

Of course there are newer dwarfs to choose from; ones named after Ed or Twombley or Enron [just kidding on the last one].  These newer compact red dwarfs don't have the same charm of a mature Shaina.  Wildwood always has a rotation of Shaina's growing for visitors to browse.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Prancing Peacock

Most Japanese Maples are a quite spectacular in the garden.  They're graceful, soothing and well behaved.

A handful make a loud statement in the landscape.  One of the attention getters is the Fern Leaf Maple.  It's stage name is the Dancing Peacock Maple. It likes to prance around in the shade while all the other plants look wistfully at it.  This maple's large leaves have lobes that fan out like a Peacock's tail.  They stand up above the branches attracting lots of second looks.

Acer japonicum 'Maiku jaku' is the academic name but all the hip gardeners who need personality in a shady spot know to ask for Dancing Peacock.