Change over time?

Acer palmatum ivy

How to trace modern fads in landscape plants? Acer palmatum entered my consciousness long after childhood. I don’t know if I missed it and it was all around me, or if it’s become more common in the last three decades or so. Tremendous variation in leaf shapes, seems to me. I prefer the lacier ones, like this. Now, ivy, as in the background—that I remember from way back, especially adorning buildings.

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