The Japanese Maple Garden could not possibly be planted without what? The Japanese Maple! He's standing over there on the left side of the picture below. On the right is a Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' I picked up for a dollar last week, I love those discount racks! Mr. Morning Light will only be there until the Japanese maple gets well established. I wanted a plant that would help shield the young maple from direct sunlight for a little while and an ornamental grass fit the bill. I might divide it in the spring. After I move him I have my eyes on some Muhly grass that would look really nice next to the Japanese maple.
Here's a view from the other side of the garden which would be on the patio. The pots on the far side are two lemon trees and a grapefruit tree I grew from seed. I won't show you how they look right now as they suffer from SNS (Summer Neglect Syndrome). I put them farther away from the house than I should have to conveniently water them. The grapefruit doesn't look bad but the lemons aren't very happy citrus trees right now. I hope they can make it through the winter in the garage alright! Anyway they are off topic, back to the Japanese maple garden!
Here is the miscanthus. It's planted on the western side of the garden and should help deflect some of the late afternoon rays.
Here' s the maple. I potted it up for the summer and kept it watered but it's roots overtook the pot and needed a larger place to grow. Fortunately now it has a new home! It's a little dry around the edges but it should bounce back shortly.
To prepare the new bed I double dug the ground to a shovel's depth. Then I covered the turned turn with newspaper and filled with dirt that was used in the patio excavation. I added a bag of peat moss to the top of the soil but I need to go back with a cultivator and mix it in more with the soil. Peat moss can add some good organic nutrients. Then I planted and mulched around the plants with a little pine bark mulch. I'll come back and add more to the rest of the bed when I get the chance.
Here's the bed from the patio view. On the right I'll put the penstemon and close to the patio I have a place to plant another plant. That spot is still open for now!