Japanese Maples add such vibrant colors and unique shapes to any landscape.  And they can be grown in containers!

Japanese Maples add such vibrant colors and unique shapes to any landscape. And they can be grown in containers!

Vashon Island, WA: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

Vashon Island, WA: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

Japanese gardens rely on subtle color contrast and bold textural differences to create interest.  Here chartreuse and green hostas surround the base of a tree while variegated hakone grass softens the edge of the bed.

Japanese gardens rely on subtle color contrast and bold textural differences to create interest. Here chartreuse and green hostas surround the base of a tree while variegated hakone grass softens the edge of the bed.

7 Design Lessons from Japanese Gardens - Watch this short PechaKucha Presentation by Jenny Feuerpeil to see what she learnt as a garden designer from 3 years of working in and studying Japanese gardens: http://www.pechakucha.org/presentations/7-design-lessons-from-japanese-gardens | Real Japanese Gardens

7 Design Lessons from Japanese Gardens - Watch this short PechaKucha Presentation by Jenny Feuerpeil to see what she learnt as a garden designer from 3 years of working in and studying Japanese gardens: http://www.pechakucha.org/presentations/7-design-lessons-from-japanese-gardens | Real Japanese Gardens

Bamboo fountains are also a great addition to Japanese gardens. They provide a strong Japanese influence while also instilling movement and ambiance.

Bamboo fountains are also a great addition to Japanese gardens. They provide a strong Japanese influence while also instilling movement and ambiance.

Dwarf Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'). A superb selection that retains a neat, dense mound with little care. Enjoy as a single specimen or group as a filler. Fine-textured foliage breaks up the bold effects of large-leaved plants. Foliage becomes rusty red in winter. Evergreen. Slowly forms a dense dome 2 to 3 ft. tall, slightly wider; 4 to 8 ft. tall with age.

Dwarf Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'). A superb selection that retains a neat, dense mound with little care. Enjoy as a single specimen or group as a filler. Fine-textured foliage breaks up the bold effects of large-leaved plants. Foliage becomes rusty red in winter. Evergreen. Slowly forms a dense dome 2 to 3 ft. tall, slightly wider; 4 to 8 ft. tall with age.

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