The following are some plants that are recommended for japanese gardens.  Note that not all are necessarily hardy, but do lend them selves to the form and function requried for a japanese garden.

Evergreen Trees
  • Abies nordmanniana
  • Cedrus atlantica
  • Cedrus deodara (deodar cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki cypress) Chamaecyparis pisifera (Sawara cypress) Cryptomeria, various kinds
  • Juniperus, various kinds
  • Picea abies
  • Picea pungens
  • Pinus patula
  • Pinus pinea
  • Pinus radiata
  • Pittosporum tobira (Japanese pittosporum) Podocarpus, various kinds
Evergreen Shrubs
  • Abelia grandiflora (glossy abelia) Ardisia crispa
  • Aucuba japonica (gold-dust tree) Bamboos, various kinds
  • Camellia japonica
  • Camellia sasanqua
  • Daphne odora
  • Euonymus japonicus
  • Fatsia japonica (syn. Aralia sieboldii) Hebe buxifolia
  • Ilex cornuta (Chinese holly) Juniperus, various kinds
  • Laurus nobilis (sweet bay)
  • Ligustrum lucidum (glossy privet)
  • Ligustrum ovalifolium (privet)
  • Mahonia bealii
  • Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) Osmanthus, various kinds
  • Pieris japonica
  • Raphiolepis umbellata (Yeddo hawthorn) Rhododendron (azalea), various kinds

Deciduous Trees
  • Acer ginnala (Amur maple)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maple)
  • Acer palmatum dissectum (Threadleaf Japanese maple)
  • Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) Cornus kousa (Japanese dogwood) Ginkgo biloba
  • Koelreuteria paniculata (golden rain tree) Magnolia, various kinds
  • Malus, various kinds (crab-apple) Prunus, various kinds (Japanese cherry) Punica granatum (pomegranate)
  • Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree) Zelkova serrata
Deciduous Shrubs
  • Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) Cercis chinensis
  • Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese quince) Cotoneaster horizontalis wilsonii Enkianthus japonica
  • Hydrangea macrophylla hortensia Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony) Pyracantha, various kinds (firethorn) Rhododendron (azalea), various kinds
Vines
  • Akebia quinata (five-leaf akebia)
  • Clematis montana rubens
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy) Wisteria, various kinds

Ground Covers and Perennials
  • Hedera, various kinds (ivies) Iris kaempferi (Japanese iris)
  • Primula japonica (Japanese primrose)Abies nordmanniana
  • Cedrus atlantica
  • Cedrus deodara (deodar cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki cypress) Chamaecyparis pisifera (Sawara cypress) Cryptomeria, various kinds
  • Juniperus, various kinds
  • Picea abies
  • Picea pungens
  • Pinus patula
  • Pinus pinea
  • Pinus radiata
  • Pittosporum tobira (Japanese pittosporum) Podocarpus,
    various kinds
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