We met with the client who had a great eye for color and distinguishing taste. We suggested several plants to narrow down keeping in mind the parameters that he described.
The combination of plants included several large holly trees that berry and flower, some unique contorted Thunderhead Pine specimens, varieties of unique cedars, some blue and gold upright, others weeping serpentine specimens, but the real pop of color came with the Japanese Maple varieties that we chose to use. Given a healthy budget to purchase the plants with, we were able to purchase many very old, large, and magnificent Japanese Maple varieties. These trees varied in species that are unique and seldom seen in the WNC mountains such as the Orangeola Maple, the Tamukeyama, the Viridis, the Shishigashira or common name Lions Mane Maple, Shaina’s, and several others. This plant combination creates a striking visual contrast of texture and color between the varieties of color in the maple leafs and the color and texture of the conifers dappled in their midst.