Japanese maple - Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum - look great at any time of the year. The leaf colour varies from bright lime green through to vivid scarlet. Generally the green leaved varieties turn yellow and orange in the autumn with the purple leaved varieties turning bright red.
An ideal tree for the smaller garden.
Cultivars and varieties:
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' - Red leaves in the summer turning reddish-purple in the autumn. The leaves change colour through the year, from bright lime green in the spring through to vivid scarlet in autumn.
Acer palmatum 'Garnet' - reddish purple leaves
Acer palmatum 'Linearilobum' - bright green leaves
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' - bright red branches in autumn
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' - 1.5m (5ft) x 1.5m (5ft) narrow red leaves in spring turning gold in the autumn.
Seeds to plant now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Bell Pepper, pepper
Floss flower, Ageratum
Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia
Beetroot, Garden beet
Ornamental winter kale
Spinach, Summer spinach
Outside under cover