The high canopy of native douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is complemented by an understory of full moon (Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum') and autumn moon (Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon') maples and swaths of sword ferns (Polystichum munitum). The golden foliage of the maples illuminate the garden floor and stand out against the rich, primordial green of the ferns. This cultivated version of our Pacific Northwest woodland is simple and elegant and we happened upon it while touring Kinen's, a favorite wholesale grower of fine trees located in Oregon. To go fully native with this planting scheme, consider subbing vine maples for the full moon maples; perhaps even Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire' which will add another element of winter interest with its vibrant red stems.
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