Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

Overview

There are five distinct types of Japanese gardens: hill and pond, dry landscape, tea, courtyard and stroll. Ours is of the stroll design. Odd numbers of plants and stones are used in groupings and spaced unevenly. Dry rock beds symbolize rushing rivers; large rocks represent mountains. Not surprisingly, water features are an integral part of Japanese gardens.

Japanese Garden Plant List

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon nameTreeNative
1Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'black mondo grass
2Sagina subulataIrish moss
3Pleioblastus pygmaeapygmy bamboo
4Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'Japanese maple
5Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'Japanese painted fern
6Fargesia dracocephala 'Red Dragon'rufa dragon's head clumping bamboo
7Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosomultilobum'hardy fern
8Camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller'camellia sasanqua
9Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'black lace elderberry*
10Pieris japonica 'Purity'Japanese andromeda
11Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'Japanese blood grass
13Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'weeping blue atlas cedar
14Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'Sargent's weeping hemlock
15Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'
16Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'box leaf honeysuckle
17Dicentra spectabilis 'Batik'bleeding heart
18Iris hermodactylus tuberosussnake head iris, black iris
19Euonymus japonicaJapanese euonymus
22Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge'gilt edge silverberry
23Rhododendron racemosum 'Rock Rose'rhododendron
24Rhododendron 'Unique'unique rhododendron
25Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'golden Japanese forest grass
26Iris ensatalavender Japanese iris
27Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pigmaea Aurescens'compact bronze hinoki cypress
28Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'dwarf Japanese garden juniper
29Drypteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'autumn fern
30Polystichum munitumwestern swordfern*
31Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku'coral bark maple
32Cyclamen hederifoliumhardy cyclamen