Ukigumo Maple—A White Highlight in a Sea of Green Foliage

A simple and serene woodland planting combination with shades of green foliage with white highlights results in zen-like, Asian garden feel. The flits of white foliage and flowers will illuminate in a shady spot in your garden. Used here to perfect effect, it's easy to see how Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' got its common name, floating cloud maple. With the exception the maple with its pleasing seasonal changes, this understated vignette is entirely evergreen.

Suggested addition: Hosta 'Patriot' would be a nice addition to the groundcover tapestry—its bright and bold variegation, like a footlight would add even more lightness to scene. The supplemental photo shows the hosta mingling with Adiantum venustum.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 8

Exposure: Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

Style: Asian Influenced, City and Courtyard, Woodland
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form
Focus: Color Theme, Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo

  • Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo'

    Floating Cloud Japanese Maple

    Type: Tree
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Adiantum venustum

    Himalayan maidenhair fern

    Type: Fern, Groundcover, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Aspidistra elatior

    Cast Iron Plant

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Deep Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 8, 9, 10

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  • Beesia deltophylla

    False Bugbane

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8

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  • Cardamine trifolia

    Trifoliate Bittercress

    Type: Groundcover, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'

    Variegated Japanese Aralia

    Type: Shrub
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 7, 8, 9

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