View of our Back Yard
View of our Back Yard

The overhanging branches are our big species Japanese maple, Acer palmatum. There are three other Japanese maples in this picture. 'Viridis' is in the lower right corner. 'Chisio' is in the middle of the picture, with an orangey glow. This picture was taken in the late spring, when the leaves of 'Chisio' are turning from red to green. The third Japanese maple, 'Katsura,' is light green in late spring. It is mostly hidden behind the overhanging branches of the species maple on the left side of the photo.

The light, faintly blue splotch across the lawn is our vigorous patch of blue star creeper, Laurentia fluviatilis . Once established, this plant can be quite aggressive. It nearly choked an azalea that was about 18 inches high and two feet across. The ground all around the azalea was covered with dense, thick growth of blue star creeper, cutting off water to the roots of the azalea. Then the blue star creeper sent up so many shoots that the foliage of the azalea was almost hidden, cutting off its light. We moved the azalea, after losing a year-long battle to keep the blue star creeper away from it.

Behind the blue star creeper are golden sun drops, Oenothera tetragona . To the right is a pale pink astilbe.

Chisio, Rhododendron, Wisteria, Iris
Northeast Corner of Back Yard

The Japanese maple 'Chisio' is on the left with its bright spring foliage. In the middle of the photo are the red blooms of the rhododendron 'Jean Marie de Montague.' This rhododendron is doing remarkably well in a rather shady location. Just behind Jean Marie is a pieris. Its light yellow foliage will soon become green. Farther right a wisteria clambers over a trellis. The low white flowers at the edge of the lawn are Iris tenax, a Pacific Northwest native plant. At the back of the bed is a row of arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green.' Arborvitae is frequently used as a screen in the Pacific Northwest. These trees are in a part shade location and are growing well.