Answer: Such choices are so often a matter of personal taste, it is difficult to make specific suggestions. You might begin by evaluating the growing conditions and then select evergreens that will thrive in those conditions. Pieris is generally a fairly amenable and healthy plant and would most likely be a good choice. Another possibility would be plain yew bushes since these offer a classic and plain background where the Japanese maple can really shine. Your county extension should be able to suggest additional plants that do especially well in your local area and help you determine on the basis of soil tests how best to prepare the planting area for them.
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