Pacific Sunset Maples line the side of our house and the street. We planted three of them over twelve years ago, when that side of the garden was hot, dry and exposed to the harsh southern elements of sun and wind. Through time, those elements have changed, providing insulation for our home, and gorgeous dappled light to our garden.
I love this time of year, when I get glimpses of their changing colors from inside the house, at unsuspecting times. Like out this window here.
I'm so glad we planted them, and I can't believe how much they've grown and transformed this space.
So here's some advice to new gardeners: plant trees.