Make your garden appear bigger with big-sized raised beds

Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite
It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.

Wooden big raised bed with Boxwood, Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ and Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna
Boxwoods being structure and create winter interest
Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldschleier’ (tufted hair grass) contrasts the dark Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. It’s a beautiful semi-green grass that can handle sun to part shade and grows 2-3 feet tall.
Mid spring bloomer Globeflower Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’ picks up the yellow color from the Tufted hair grass. Grows 25-27 in full sun – part shade.
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ picks up the dark colors of the Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. Can handle sun – part sun, grows 28-30 in high and can self seed.
The Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna, sometime called blue-eyed Mary is a lovely ground cover that comes up early in the with fresh green leaves and tiny blue flowers. It prefers part-shade but does ok in shade as well.

Japanese Maple “Orange Dream”

This little tree is the centrepiece of my garden. I planted it in the sunny corner of the garden but had to move it since it prefers quite a lot of shade. Today it’s placed in a spot that gets around four hours of sun in the middle of the day and it’s doing wonderfully!

The name Orange Dream describes its spring color. Later in the season it turns lime green and shines all the way though fall.

Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), English Yew (Taxus baccata ‘David’) to the left
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Tulip “Foxtrot” in the background
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Hakonechloa macra starting to come up, Hosta ‘Ivory Coast’
Japanese maple “Orange dream” (Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’), ground cover Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)