Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
The glorious fall foliage of full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum) 'Autumn Moon' isn't this tree's only plus. In spring, the new leaves emerge red before turning the tree's summer color of light green tinged with a slight red-orange blush.
Traditional wisdom calls for fertilizing trees in early spring, if needed, but some research indicates that fall may be a better time. Wait a month after the first hard frost to feed; fertilizing while the temperatures are still warm and the tree is actively growing may lead to new growth that is killed back. For best results, test your soil and ask your local county extension agent for advice on what kind of fertilizer and how much to use.
Flowering maples (Abutilon spp.) were so popular in Victorian parlors, they were known as parlor maples (they’re not maples, however). The plants are coming back in style and they’re great for hanging baskets or other containers that show off their dangling, bell-shaped flowers. Most gardeners keep their plants outside in warm weather and overwinter them indoors. They need a bright exposure in your home and should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Prune lightly to keep them compact, but don’t remove too many stems, or the plants won’t set buds. ‘Yellow Finch’ has crinkly, yellow flowers and prefers full shade. When grown outdoors, this annual is hardy in zones 9-11.
For year-round color, try your hand at growing ‘Blushing Belle’ flowering maple (Abutilon ‘Blushing Belle’). Expect these pretty plants to open flowers throughout the year when they receive bright light. ‘Blushing Belle’ has a compact form of 6 to 18 inches tall.
A wall of Devonshire limestone encloses the garden, emulating the shape of a traditional Tansu chest. The treasure within is just as extraordinary, with sculpted pine trees, rare Japanese Maples and a hedge of weeping cherries enlivening the landscape.
This small kitchen features light maple cabinets, an iridescent glass tile backsplash and granite countertops. An inviting breakfast bar with beautiful alabaster pendant lights creates a naturally warm look for the space.
The entire dressing room and wet room feature a porcelain plank tile in a distressed wood pattern, readily sourced from a local home improvement store. Vintage Birdseye maple obtained from an estate sale was repurposed to finish the new vanity design.
As seen in the HGTV Dream Home 2012, carpet segues to glazed porcelain tile flooring in the guest bathroom, where a 7-foot, quartz-topped maple vanity offers undercounter storage drawers. The dark wood finish gives this bathroom a masculine feel.