The other day I saw one of the most beautiful courtyards with a very minimal use of plants and decoration. The focal points of the narrow and enclosed courtyard consist of a big pot in the centre and a Japanese Maples tree on each sides. To accentuate the view, garden spot-lightings were installed and they create a soft romantic feeling at night. There is no lawn, instead the ground is covered with pieces of crushed white granite stones.
I am not so sure what kind of Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum sp. ) they are, but they have smooth white trunk. The trees are pruned nicely so that the branches grow close to the main trunk. Being grown in an enclosed position all around, the maple trees are protected from harsh heat of Melbourne summer and the trees grow beautifully. This kind of garden design is very suitable for a small yard setting and for those who are too busy to look after a more conventional garden with a lot of plants and lawn.
Note: Thank you Kus… for your stunning courtyard 🙂
Lately I noticed that many Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica sp) trees were newly planted along side Springvale rd. Though both the Crepe myrtle and the Japanese Maples have some similarities like for examples that they are both deciduous, small and have pretty autumn leaves, there are two big differences. Crepe Myrtles enjoy full sun position and tolerate hot sun, Japanese maples hate direct hot summer sun. Crepe Myrtles are grown for the beautiful and long lasting flowers but Japanese maple flowers are small and insignificant. I can imagine both of these trees can make a beautiful addition for a small yard setting.
Most of the newly planted Crepe Myrtles along side the road are still small, but most of them have already grown pretty ruffled crepe-like pink flowers. The strong hot sun does not seem to bother these beautiful trees. No signs of wilted flowers nor stressed foliage and the flowering time is quite long.
From what I have read online, the new hybrid of Crepe Myrtles (Indian Summer range) are tougher as they can resist the powdery mildew/fungal problem which is often attack the old breed. According to the garden guru Don Burke, the new hybrids have Indian tribe names such as.
Acoma – white flowers
Tonto – deep pink flowers
Zuni – mauve flowers
Sioux – carmine pink flowers
Yuma – pale pink flowers etc…
Note: In USA, the common spelling is ‘Crape’ Myrtle.