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 pygmaeuspygmy bamboo
4Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'Japanese maple*
5Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'Japanese painted fern
6Fargesia dracocephala 'Red Dragon'rufa dragon's head clumping bamboo
7Polysticum setiferum 'Plumoso multilobum'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
12Camellia
13Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'weeping blue atlas cedar*
14Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'Sargent's weeping hemlock*
15Astilbe chinesis 'Pumila'astilbe
16Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'box leaf honeysuckle
17Dicentra spectabilisbleeding heart
18Hermodactylus tuberosussnake's-head iris or black iris
20Mentha requieniiCorsican mint
21Astilbeastilbe
22Elaeagnus 'Gilt Edge'gilt edge silverberry
23Rhododendron racemosum 'Rock Rose'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*
29Drypterus erythrosora 'Brilliance'autumn fern
30Polystichum munitumWestern sword fern
31Acer plamatum 'Sango Kaku'coral bark maple*
32Cyclamen hederifolium 'Neopolitanum'hardy cyclamen