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.

Varieties:

A. palmatum 'Bloodgood' (Shrub) - 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.
A. palmatum 'Garnet' (Shrub) - reddish purple leaves
A. palmatum 'Linearilobum' (Shrub) - bright green leaves
A. palmatum 'Osakazuki' (Shrub) - bright red branches in autumn
A. palmatum 'Red Pygmy' - 1.5m (5ft) x 1.5m (5ft) narrow red leaves in spring turning gold in the autumn.
A. 'Senkaki' 'Sango-Kaku'

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aubergine

Bell pepper, pepper

Cardoon

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Celery

Columbine

Cress

Cucumber

Floss flower, Ageratum

Lettuce

Lobelia

Ornamental pepper

Pepper

Petunia

Salvia

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Asparagus

Beetroot, Garden beet

Borecole, Kale

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrot

Cauliflower

Courgette

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Normandy sorrel

Onion

Ornamental winter kale

Parsnip

Radish

Runner bean

Spinach

Spinach, Summer spinach

Spring onion

Sweet pea

Turnip

Outside under cover

Brussels sprout

Carrot

Cauliflower

Courgette

Cucumber

French marigold

Leek

Lettuce

Marrow

Onion

Pea

Snapdragon

Sweet corn

Tomato