Acers make an excellent focal point in the garden, particularly in autumn when their leaves turn breathtaking shades of red, crimson, orange or yellow.
Many acers are slow growing and compact, making them an excellent choice for small gardens. Grow them as a free-standing specimen, as a part of a border, or in a large container.
The most important thing to remember when growing Japanese maples is to give them a sheltered position. They need to be protected not only from northern and easterly winds but from frosts, too – protect them in winter with fleece, if necessary. Japanese maples will tolerate most soils except very heavy clay.
If you don't have the space in the ground for an acer, try planting your acer in a container.
Discover 10 gorgeous acers to grow, below.
Acer palmatum var. dissectum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'. This Japanese maple is round-headed with lobed, red-purple leaves that turn brilliant red in autumn. Grow in a sunny or partially shaded spot. Keep protected from cold winds. Height 8m.