Getting the right plants together in you landscape is not easy. Right amount of sun, right soil conditions, and the hardest part ” looking good together”. Japanese Maples are easy to grow in full sun as long as you keep them watered during dry spells in the summer. This is Acer palmatum “Shaina” a smaller cultivar that holds the red color all summer. Under planted is Iris pallida “Variegata” which also does well in full sun. Late in the spring the Iris will bloom a grape soda flower that last for a few weeks. But even after the blooms are gone these plants look great together.