November 11, 2022

Planting Platanus acerifolia 'Bloodgood' in My Maze

My newest project here at my Bedford, New York farm is my garden maze - and it's becoming more and more beautiful with the planting of each tree.

The three-acre lush pasture just outside my Winter House is the setting for my maze. Earlier this year I decided I wanted to create a maze of interesting hedges, espaliers and shrubs. I started with European beech, European hornbeams, boxwood, parrotias, and a variety of espaliered apple trees. I also planted several Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' trees, American sweetgums. Most recently, I added a selection of handsome London planetrees, Platanus acerifolia 'Bloodgood,' a relative of the mighty sycamore. These trees are large shade trees with broad open crowns. They were the perfect choice for the center of my maze, where they will surround and shade an open space.

Here are some photos. And be sure to watch another original episode of "Martha Gardens" - it's now streaming free on The Roku Channel.