Give your gar­den the Ori­en­tal look Bring el­e­gance and tran­quil­lity to the gar­den with Ja­pan-easy plants

Bring el­e­gance and tran­quil­lity to the gar­den with these Ja­pan-easy plants. Louise Curley nom­i­nates her top 10 for style and good be­hav­iour

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Ja­pan is home to a fab­u­lous ar­ray of plants, and be­cause much of the coun­try has a tem­per­ate cli­mate like ours, many are happy grow­ing here in Bri­tain, too. Ja­panese gar­dens are peace­ful, tran­quil spa­ces with an em­pha­sis on fo­liage and a pal­ette of sooth­ing greens. Flow­ers are used spar­ingly to high­light chang­ing sea­sons or as eye-catch­ing colour ac­cents. Trees are im­por­tant too, and two in par­tic­u­lar – ac­ers and or­na­men­tal cher­ries – are synonymous with Ja­panese gar­dens. Top­i­ary is also a key fea­ture, with tightly clipped plants pruned to rep­re­sent nat­u­ral fea­tures in the land­scape, such as dis­tant moun­tains or clus­ters of trees. When flow­ers are used, these are sin­gle blooms with a sim­ple, del­i­cate beauty, such as camel­lias and tree pe­onies. But you don’t need to cre­ate an en­tire Ja­panese gar­den to make use of these plants; most will make good-na­tured bor­der ad­di­tions in any style of gar­den.

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