Key plants from the gar­den

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Japanese-Style Garden -

A Acer japon­icum‘ Aconi­ti­folium’ This de­cid­u­ous tree, with its ser­rated leaves, is the per­fect Ja­panese soli­taire, flow­er­ing April to May. It’s a pro­lific self-seeder. But all is for­given when you see its glo­ri­ous au­tumn fo­liage. 4-8m. AGM*. RHS H6, USDA 5a-7b†.

C Con­va­l­laria ma­jalis In the Ja­panese lan­guage of flow­ers, lily of the val­ley sym­bol­ises pure and un­con­scious beauty. Much loved for its ground-cov­er­ing abil­i­ties in dap­pled shade. 25cm. AGM. RHS H7, USDA 3a-8b.

B Polystichum setiferum Acu­tilobum Group To the Ja­panese, ferns sym­bol­ise the hope for prog­eny: as the fern mul­ti­plies by its off­sets, so may your fam­ily in­crease. It is ev­er­green and hardy. 1m. RHS H7, USDA 6a-8b.

D Chaenome­les speciosa This flow­er­ing quince is na­tive to east Asia and in Japan it is called kusa-boke (tree melon). Slow grow­ing, it was widely cul­ti­vated as a bon­sai dur­ing the Edo pe­riod (1603–1867). 2.5m. RHS H6, USDA 4a-8b.


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