What do you grow in your container along with your JM?

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  1. Shishi

    Shishi Active Member

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    I have several JMs in large wooden containers and was wondering if I can grow some other types of plants/bulbs in there for some added color/variety? Or is it better to just grow the JM in there by itself?

    Any suggestions and/or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for your reply and assistance.
     
  2. DandyLioness

    DandyLioness Active Member

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    I know that I'll kick myself when I hear the answer, but what's a JM?
     
  3. Shishi

    Shishi Active Member

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    JM = Japanese Maple
     
  4. gin-ger

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    Hi Shishi,
    I've used several groundcovers under my containerized Maples with no adverse affects. I love Lysimachia nummularia aurea because of its yellow-green color and habit of spilling over the side of the pot...it looks great with green, yellow or red varieties. I've also used Strawberry begonia (Saxifraga something!)...it's broad leaves contrast nicely with the finer leaved Acer varieties and it's burgundy on the underside of the leaves which looks good with the red leaved Maples.. Whatever you use, make sure it not so vigorous it would take too many nutrients & moisture from the Maple. I've also put seasonal color in the way of annuals in newly potted trees....if I'm bumping a 1G to a 10" pot there's room for some color and it helps keep the maple from staying too wet. After the maple roots fill the pot, I don't like to disturb them.
    Ginger
     
  5. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Crocus that I plant and viola cornuta that I do not plant since it is a nice weed in my area.

    Gomero
     
  6. DandyLioness

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    Thanks Shishi! As soon as I came back to this thread, I realized what JM stood for!
     
  7. dawgie

    dawgie Active Member 10 Years

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    I have grown dwarf hostas, mondo grass, Lysimachi (mentioned above), ajuga, dwarf crested iris and impatiens under my Japanese maples. All seem to do well with no detrimental effects on the maples. Sometimes a clump of moss will start growing under my potted JMs, and I like that best of all.
     
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    nothing but one or two or three rocks which are covered by moss
     

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