Maple - Acer

Maple or acers, to give their botanic name, can vary in size from small shrubs to large trees. Dwarf Japanese maples are perfect for containers on the patio and are perhaps the prettiest. Their often deeply-cut leaves can change from a bright lime green in spring, a lush green in summer to reds, yellows and oranges in fiery blaze of colour in the autumn. Some acers have decorative peeling or coloured bark, some acers (dwarf varieties of A. palmatum) grow very slowly whilst others like A. rubrum and the sugar maple (A. saccharinum) grow quickly to 20m. Fully hardy, but most prefer a sheltered position, exposed sites may cause leaves to curl and turn brown. Mulch well in spring. They shouldn't need pruning but if you want to remove a wayward or damaged branch cut it off between leaf fall and the end of December, to reduce bleeding.

Cultivars and varieties:

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, Hollyhock

Bristly hollyhock

Common hollyhock




Broad bean

Outside under cover


What else to plant:


Apple & pear trees (bare rooted)

Roses (bare rooted)