The north half of this maple died in winter 2021/2022 – I think being half covered by ivy didn’t help. Anyhow I pulled it in spring of 2022. Sad!
I decided to add a small dwarf red japanese maple to our shady north side yard bring some color into that mostly green area. There isn’t a tone of room in that area and I wanted something low-growing and resistant to slugs. I found the Shaina Japanese Maple listed on Great Plant picks, and was fortunate to be able to order it from Monrovia – one of the lucky times when I discovered a plant I want and can actually acquire it around the same time! Its mature size is probably to big but it will be many years before I need to worry about that.
Hi! I'm Lorie and I wrangle plants in a muddy, feral shade garden in the Pacific Northwest. I built this site to serve as a gardening journal and quasi-accurate record of planting successes and failures. My goal is to help "future me" be a better gardener. I hope what I've learned along the way can be useful to you too. Thanks for visiting!