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The Best Plants For Japanese Garden

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Japanese Garden. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Japanese Bamboo (Phyllostachys Bambusoides)

This product was recommended by Zeeshan Haider from Greenry Enthusiast

Not only do these plants add a tranquil, Zen-like atmosphere to a garden, but they are also versatile and can be used in a variety of ways such as privacy screens or as a backdrop for other plants.

The Ghost fern

This product was recommended by Vic MacBournie from Ferns & Feathers

The Ghost fern is an outstanding fern that appears almost white in the right light. In our garden it is a soft greyish-green that is the perfect focal point beneath a bird bath.

Red Japanese Maple Tree

This product was recommended by Justin O’Brien from Class Reviewed

It is a classic choice that is well-suited to the Japanese style of gardening. The tree adds beautiful foliage and a sense of elegance to the garden, and it is relatively low maintenance and can thrive in a wide range of climates. Plus, purchasing a live plant ensures that you will have a healthy, established tree that is ready to grow and thrive in your garden.

Japanese Boxwood

This product was recommended by Min Tom from Happy Hong Konger

Japanese boxwood is a compact, small- to medium-sized evergreen shrub that is ideal for Japanese gardens. Even in the dead of winter, your garden will remain lush thanks to its compact, glossy, rounded, and thick green leaves. Additionally, it can grow in most types of soil and in areas with complete shadow.

Japanese Wisteria

This product was recommended by Min Tom from Happy Hong Konger

Japanese wisteria is the ideal flowering plant for landscapes designed to evoke the Land of the Rising Sun. One of the most stunning flowering plants ever is wisteria, and there are many different colors available. Traditional flower colors include lavender, pale magenta, white, blue, and violet. Also quite elegant are the flora. They too seem to belong in a Japanese garden, with their twisted limbs, drooping petals, and foliage.


This product was recommended by Nathan Hughes from Art Ignition

Camellia is a beautiful plant that you can consider planting in your Japanese garden. It can grow up to 12 feet tall and the flowers can bloom 5 inches wide. Although you can also get a smaller version if you are not a big fan of large-sized flowers. I like this plant because it is not much demanding and can survive in little sunshine (do not place it where sunshine is direct and harsh). Usually, Camellias are pink or reddish but you can also find their other varieties in white and yellow shades.

Cherry Plant

This product was recommended by Irene Graham from Spylix

Planting an ornamental cherry tree will repay you with beautiful blossoms during each of the four seasons for a very long time. Spring pink or white flowers often have an almond-like aroma that draws in excited bees that have just emerged from their winter slumber. Soon after, emerald-green leaves appear and serve as an alluring focal point in a border, particularly when weeping varieties of the plant produce them.


This product was recommended by Irene Graham from Spylix

Hydrangeas are a well-liked ornamental plant in Japan, particularly the macrophylla varieties, which may change their color from pink to blue depending on the soil’s acidity. Hydrangeas flourish best in environments where the summers are not overly hot and precipitation is abundant. The particulate cultivars are more resistant to arid conditions than the huge leaf types, so you should try them if you live in a region that experiences scorching summers and dry spells.

Japanese Snowbell (Styrax Japonicus)

This product was recommended by Miguel Palma from JardinTienda

The Black Leaved Japanese Snowbell is unique due to the deep glossy purple foliage. It also has white bell-shaped fragrant blooms which appear in June. It is ideal for gardens with limited space and reaches 20 feet tall at maturity. It is also beautiful with the drooping white seed pods in Fall and the golden leaves.

Black Stem Bamboo

This product was recommended by Aimée Rumsby from Gravity Global

Sleek and stylish, the artificial black stem bamboo features black stems and contrasting lush green leaves, making it more unique than others on the market. It’s also a great way to create a zen-like atmosphere without the hard work of real bamboo. Transform a dull corner of your garden with calming, undemanding colour in no time at all.

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Written by Zak Parker

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