Black aphids on japanese maple

Hello, I’m in Toronto with a west facing garden (full afternoon sun) that has a 4ft japanese (waterfall) maple. I planted it last summer, and it came back this spring very healthy. But today, I noticed swarms of small black…

japanese maple in container

Can a small  Japanese maple grow in the large container on the balcony? I have east exposure (morning sun only) and if can, which soil can I use.…

Planting under Japanese Maples

I have a number of lily of the valley and grape hyacinths that I’m looking to transplant elsewhere in my garden. Is it ok to plant either of them at the base of my Japanese maple? If so, should I…