Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’, with its blush-pink blooms, is a good choice for winter color if you live in a mild region of the U.S. It's an evergreen, hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, but its flower buds can be damaged by the cold. Grow the plants in filtered sun.
Bring part shade areas of your yard to glowing life with the bright pink flowers of ‘Valley Valentine’ pieris (P. japonica). Dangling flowers open from deep red buds in late winter and early spring. Also known as lily-of-the-valley shrub, pieris is a slow grower, eventually reaching a mature size of 5 to 7 feet tall and wide. Use ‘Valley Valentine’ as part of a foundation planting, shrub border or hedge. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
A loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica) sits at the center of this raised bed. The trees are quite common in Asia and are a nod to SCAD's international focus, with campuses in Lacoste, France and Hong Kong.
Natural boulders and rocks were worked into the design of this Asian-inspired front yard. Ornamental grasses, pieris Japonica, loropetalum and other low-maintenace plants fit with the garden's Zen feel while being easy to care for so the homeowners can maintain the garden's simple appeal.
Plant this shrub in masses for sweeps of winter color. The buds start out a dark, purplish-pink and open to bell-shaped flowers. ‘Impish Elf'® Lily of the Valley (Pieris japonica) can be used as a container, foundation or border plant. It's hardy in USDA zones 6 to 8.
Meet the national tree of Japan. Cryptomeria handles pruning well and can be easily maintained to a just-right size for your space. Plants grow rapidly, reaching a mature height of 5-10 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Cryptomeria japonica ‘PIICJ-I’
This perennial bloomer makes its debut in late summer, when other plant performers are taking their final bows. It brings on color into mid-fall, opening clear rosy-pink blossoms roughly 2.5 inches across. Japanese anemone is also known as windflower because the blooms stand atop long stems that sway in breezes. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Botanical name: Anemone hupehensis japonica ‘Pamina’
Romeo cleyera (Cleyera japonica ‘Variegata’) offers year-round variegation. Leaves have butter-yellow splashes in spring and summer that shift to rose tones in fall and winter. Cleyera is a low-maintenance shrub and grows in full sun to part shade, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall by 5 to 6 feet wide. Use it as a privacy hedge, accent plant or container shrub. Hardy in Zones 7-10.
No matter what makes someone cherish a plant, for it to remain a garden favorite it must tolerate a wide range of soils and climates. The bright red berries of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), the large winter flowers of Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’, and the fragrant stems of paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are from plants grown at my family home place for over 75 years with no care at all. And they have been shared from cuttings and divided clumps and bulbs throughout our whole family.