Key plants from the 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.
A C B D