Welcome to Cindy Bolz’s Dallas garden.
I began this garden in 2001. The yard was a blank slate of lawn with four pecan trees shading the area from noon on. I began collecting Japanese maples that year and now have 31. I became a Master Gardener in 2013, and my yard will be on the MG tour in spring 2020. I spend a couple of hours a day working in my yard because I love the results. The heat can be grueling, and right now we are hitting 100°F in the afternoons.
Photo from 2001, just after buying the house.
A similar view and different granddaughter from about 12 years later.
Viridis Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’, Zones 5–9) and Encore® azaleas (Rhododendron ‘Robles’, Zones 7–9).
‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple in a newly created island bed.
Container plants in front of a ‘Butterfly’ Japanese maple that goes from pink to yellow to variegated white and green each year.
Morning coffee on my patio.
Hellebores and ‘Aconitifolium’ Japanese maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’, Zones 5–7).
I made this by plugging the hole in a basin and adding a pump and bamboo fountain.
November is colorful, with many Japanese maples in different shades of orange and rust. From top left, ‘Dragon Tears’, ‘Sango Kaku’, ‘Viridis’, and ‘Shishigashira’.
And spring! This is a ‘Garnet’ Japanese maple in April.
Leatherleaf mahonia (Mohonia bealei, Zones 7–9), ‘Sparkler’ carex (Carex phyllocephala ‘Sparkler’, Zones 7–10), purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis, Zones 7–10), and white-veined pipevine (Aristolochia fimbriata, Zones 7–9).
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