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japanese garden

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Nancy Robitaille08-Jul-01 12:20 AM EST 5a   
Henry08-Jul-01 10:43 PM EST   
Susan09-Jul-01 07:02 AM EST 6a   

Subject: japanese garden
From: Nancy Robitaille
Zone: 5a
Date: 08-Jul-01 12:20 AM EST

I am building a Japanese style garden and would like to have info on suitable plants to use. It will be hidden by screens and Japanese maples with other shrubs. Ideas? Thanks.

Subject: RE: japanese garden
From: Henry
Date: 08-Jul-01 10:43 PM EST

I am also in the middle of creating a Japanese garden. Try bamboo. Its linear growth is said to provide order and serenity.

Subject: RE: japanese garden
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 09-Jul-01 07:02 AM EST

Bamboo can be cery invasive so make sure you understand the growth habits of the variety you buy and think about how to control it!

My understanding of Japanese gardens is that foliage and foliage effects are very important and flowers and flower color is less so. Water is also a common element so a small pond (even a 'tub' pond would do....) of some sort is nice. Some nice foliage plants I like include things like Japenese Painted Ferns, Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis), hosta of course, Siberian or Japanese irises, Corydalis or the small bleeding heart varieties, Snowy Woodrush, variegated sedges (carax) varieties (when you use grassy type plants, make sure you buy clump forming types as a lot of grassy plants can be invasive...), Rodgersia...

Many of these plants also flower; I'm not sure if all will grow in your zome but many of them will; they are all plants that are shade tolerant so will do fine with your Japanese Maple and shrubs.

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