The gallery owner wanted to have a big tree planted at the entrance of the garden. He was looking for an evergreen species, so that the garden could continue to look lively even when most of the plants wither during wintertime. Upon his request, I reached out to our gardener, who apparently frowned at the idea. One of the reasons was that big trees are not suitable for transplanting, as they get less and less adaptive to new sites along with aging. When compared to the younger trees, the bigger trees are more likely to die after transplanting. A more important reason was the challenge in finding a big tree that can be in harmony with the existing composition. If that is just a small tree, it can have chance to endure the same climate condition with the rest of the plants in the garden as it grows. Together, they will grow under the same amount of sunshine and get hydrated by the same morning dew. Sooner or later, it can be fully assimilated as part of the garden.
Gardens are grown instead of made. One has to be patient hoping every single plant of different origins can soon adapt to both the new environment and the existence of other plants, and thence begin to flourish naturally in the garden. Mosses will grow under the shade of the trees, the lawn will thrive under abundant sunshine. Nature is beyond human control, but it will respond to the environment we created in its own way.
Many of the maple trees looked frail already when arriving at the garden; some of the foliage has turned pale gray and fell before autumn came. But as soon as the weather got warmer again recently, the branches began to bud again. Even the barren shrubs are expecting some lively flowers, which look like wind chimes when the wind blows. The plants grow as time goes by. The young trees will mature into strong big trees, which has then become an inseparable part of the garden. By then we will fully agree this is absolutely the best tree for this particular garden.