Boon setting up a display at a BIB monthly meetingOr bright red. Boon brought two maples to try with the display, one green and one red.
Green and red Japanese maples
Matching these maples with the appropriate accent plant made for an interesting exercise. For example, no one liked the two green elements together.
Maple with grassContrasting red and green helped with the color, but in the example below, the accent struck many as quite large compared with the tree it complemented.
Maple with succulentSwapping the red succulent for a smaller green accent solved the size problem, but reintroduced the green-with-green problem.
Maple with small accentThis became a good opportunity to try the red maple. The red maple looked pretty good with the pale green grass.
Red maple with grassSwapping the grass for the red succulent worked better than expected as the white flowers and green leaves stood out well against the red maple foliage. Overall, however, the accent struck many as large for the small maple.
Red maple with succulentThe small green and yellow accent made the maple look relatively large and provided good color contrast. Which is lucky, because this combination provided nice balance to the main tree, a Japanese black pine.
Red maple and accentBlack pines look great with red maples. With the first and second tree set, the goal is to find appropriate stands and accents.
Color-wise, the accent below is a good fit for the display. But it position strikes me as funny – it’s not clear whether it is meant to complement the maple or the pine. A small matter, really, when we consider the stand for the pine.
The pine has a very powerful trunk with deeply furrowed bark. It has strong movement and a heavy pot. The stand, in sharp contrast, is delicate and feminine – more delicate than the stand for the maple.
Getting closer – a good mix of colorsThe shot below reveals the combination that best pleased the crowd. The stand for the pine is taller and stronger. The red maple foliage contrasts well with the green pine foliage and the white accent pot provides nice punch.
Final displayWere more elements available, we feel we could further improve the display. This a good reason for testing out displays so far in advance of the exhibit – finding missing display elements isn’t always easy. For this display, we’re off to a good start.