The Q&A Archives: Japanese Garden Plants

Question: What non blooming ground covers, and evergreen shubs do you recommend for Japanese gardens that you also carry? Even if you have too many to list is there a chance that there are some you can list off the top of your head? I've looked all over the internet for suggestions and am having a difficult time finding recommendations on non flowering plants for a Japanese garden. I will be buying from you. Thanks.

Answer: Here's a list of plants generally used in Japanese gardens. I've included a few trees along with the shrubs and groundcovers - just in case.
Acer buergerianum 'Naruto', Trident Maple cultivar
Aucuba japonica, Japanese laurel
Berberis amurensis, Amur barberry
Berberis thunbergii, Japanese barberry
Cephalotaxus harringtonia, Plum yew
Cercidiphyllum magnificum forma pendulum, Katsura tree, weeping form
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa', Sawara cypress cultivar
Crataegus monogyna, Hawthorn
Cryptomeria japonica, Japanese cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Angelica', Japanese cedar cultivar
Ginkgo biloba, Maidenhair tree
Ilex aquifolium, English Holly
Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka', Chinese juniper cultivar
Juniperus horizontalis, creeping juniper
Juniperus procumbens 'Nana', Japanese garden juniper
Ligustrum ovalifolium, California privet
Liriope spicata, Lilyturf
Mahonia repens, Creeping mahonia
Phyllostachys flexuosa, Zigzag bamboo
Pieris japonica, Japanese pieris,
Pinus densiflora, Japanese red pine
Pinus mugo, Mugho pine
Pseudolarix amabilis, Golden larch
Sasa veitchii, Kuma bamboo grass
Shibataea kumasasa, Ruscus-leaved bamboo
Styphnolobium japonicum 'Pendula', Weeping pagoda tree
Taxus, Yew
Taxus baccata 'Repandens', English yew cultivar
Thuja standishii, Japanese Thuja
Torreya nucifera, Japanese torreya

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