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Ajuga incisa 'Bikun' Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'

Frosted Jade Ajuga.  Hard to believe that this is an Ajuga but it is true.  This choice selection has fantastic foliage and very good dark cobalt flowers.  Not a spreader - this makes a clump with 16" tall stems.  Challenges all of your comfy notions about Ajuga but in a good way.  Great in our shade garden.

Price: $12.00
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Ajuga incisa 'Blue Enigma' Ajuga incisa 'Blue Enigma'

Rare plant found only in limited areas in central Honshu, Japan where it likes the forest fringes in the subalpine areas and is known as hiiragi-sou or holly tree-leafed weed.  Hiiragi-sou sounds better than the translation.  This selection has dark blue flowers and is a deciduous clumper to 16" tall - very nice!

Price: $12.00
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Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'

Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche.  Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.

Price: $12.00
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Allium thunbergii f. alba Allium thunbergii f. alba

Excellent little Asian Allium that is very nice with small heads of white flowers. Perfect for the rock garden or does great in regular garden beds as it does appreciate some moisture during the summer. Sun and decent drainage and thrives in one customers garden in Michigan. Tidy and of good disposition and certainly not a garden thug.

Price: $12.00
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Anemone stolonifera 'Flore Plena' Anemone stolonifera 'Flore Plena'

Very sweet little Asian creeper for the woodland or partly sunny garden bed.  This form with its small white and fully double flowers is very appealing and the flowers are nicely in scale with the diminutive leaves.  A nice alternative to the European Anemone nemorosa clan and can be used in much the same way.

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Anemonopsis macrophylla Anemonopsis macrophylla

A refined shade plant that would grace any plant connoisseur's garden yet is perfectly happy to hang with us average Joes. Leaves evoking Anemone and pendant flowers combining pastels and lavenders in an understated parasol of exquisite design and dimension. A plant that is not on the radar of a lot of gardeners so let's keep it to ourselves.

Price: $20.00
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Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum'  syn. Athyrium Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' syn. Athyrium

Metallic silver overlay to the fronds accented by reddish stipe and rachis.  This is simply a good colored strain of the Japanese Painted Fern and we'll retain the "Metallicum' for just that reason. And because as this is being typed, the office man-cave is rocking to the remastered 2016 release of Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos with the iPhone concert lighter app going.

Price: $15.00
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Aralia cordata 'Sun King' Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Golden Japanese Spikenard.  Gold leaf form of this hardy tropical looking plant introduced by Barry Yinger from Japan.  This herbaceous perennial will get to 6' or more in a season with immense 3' leaves and a spike of white flowers.  The new shoots are eaten in Asia but we have asparagus.  Gorgeous, hardy to zone 4.

Price: $16.00
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Arisaema sikokianum Arisaema sikokianum

This is a heralded Japanese Jack in the Pulpit whose species name sikokianum I believe translates into English as 'divine whup-ass' because this truly and gloriously kicks some tail in the garden.  A mysterious yet provocative regal beauty.  A classic for the shade garden.

Price: $25.00
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Asarum nipponicum Asarum nipponicum

A smaller Japanese Wild Ginger that eventually clumps quite densely.  It looked good in our garden for many years but we dug it and potted it so we could share these and must plant some back.  Small heart-shaped leaves with an irregular central green isthmus flanked on either side by a froth of silver.  Small purple-brown flowers are not missed hiding under the fine leaves.

Price: $25.00
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Astilbe rivularis CGG14140 Astilbe rivularis CGG14140

These are from our 2010 seed collection on in the Damingshan range in China not far from the Vietnam border.  This is an area virtually unexplored by western botanists or any other westerners for that matter.  These were growing in the shade of mixed shrubs.  Light pink airy panicles of flowers to 30" or more.

Price: $16.00
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Athyrium 'Godzilla' Athyrium 'Godzilla'

Really great fern that was a chance sporeling at Plant Delights Nursery and once they saw it towering over all of the other Japanese Painted ferns at 3' tall and 6' across, they thought it worthy of naming. Who knew Tony loved those old Japanese Godzilla B movies so much? Wonderful focal point of silver in the shade.  Deciduous and deer resistant.

Price: $15.00
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Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red' Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red'

Fantastic selection of the Japanese Painted Fern with silvery fronds with slightly curved pinnae and interiors vividly marked in purple and burgundy.  Taking a page from Neil Young's lyrics that it is better to burn out than fade away, this is ablaze all summer and deciduous in winter.

Price: $12.00
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Aucuba japonica 'Katsunuma Nishiki' Aucuba japonica 'Katsunuma Nishiki'

One of the better selections of Aucuba and very rare in the nursery trade (actually can't find anyone offering this via Google). This was brought to the US by the now defunct Asiatica Nursery and shared with us by Lance Reiners. Narrow leaves consistently freckled in gold presents as major pizzazz with unmistakable elegance.  A tough evergreen tolerant of dry shade once established.  Zones 7-9.

Price: $20.00
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Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette' Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette'

A selection by Dan Hinkley from Japan of this hardy tuberous species.  Definitely an improvement over the typical form with much longer clusters of pink flowers which effectively doubles the floral oomph.  Easy in the garden - we always forget we have it until it pokes up in late May.

Price: $12.00
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Bletilla striata ('Shi-ran') Bletilla striata ('Shi-ran')

This is a cultivar being exported from Holland.  The flower color is a shade darker than typical so that is good.  What isn't good is that this is an imposter.  One reference we found says the flowers should face upwards, this doesn't but if it did, it would merit clonal naming.  "Shi-ran" is simply the Japanese name for Bletilla

Price: $15.00
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Cardamine yezoensis Cardamine yezoensis

A plant of muddled taxonomy as the plants under this name from Korea differ in appearance from the Hokkaido populations where even there one finds the discordant lack of consensual taxonomy harshing the zen buzz.  White flowers in early spring on this little woodlander.  A plant favored by the Ainu people for bringing a wasabi-like pungency to salads.

Price: $15.00
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Cardiocrinum cordatum Cardiocrinum cordatum

Grown from seed collected in the Yoro Mts in Japan, this compensates for being shorter than its cousins by being hardier to Zone 6.  Personally, I subscribe to the fishing theory that it is not the size of the worm you use but how you wiggle it.  Rich moist soil and creamy trumpets in 2-3 years.

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Cardiocrinum cordatum var. glehnii Cardiocrinum cordatum var. glehnii

Nice bulbs from wild collected seed of this cool Japanese relative of the giant Himalayan Lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum. Lovely white flowers looking you in the eye with a slight greenish cast on stems up to 6' high which is perfect for enjoying the excellent fragrance.

Price: $20.00
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Chelonopsis moschata Chelonopsis moschata

Japanese Turtlehead.  This light shade loving perennial has late season pink flowers shaped like a foxglove but for us, it is most evocative of an erect Nothochelone nemerosa which is a familiar native wildflower if you are a hiker in the Olympic or Cascade Mts.  This makes a nice clump giving a valuable late show.

Price: $12.00
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Chloranthus japonicus Chloranthus japonicus

Choice and uncommon Japanese native making a many stemmed plant with lots of white bottle-brush flowers in spring. The glossy green and nicely textured leaves are pleasant the rest of the season.

Price: $15.00
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Nipponanthemum nipponicum Chrysanthemum yezoense

This is a true jewel and one we always look forward to seeing in the fall when the tabletop sized patch of low dense dark green leaves are alight with outrageous large white daisy flowers. Talk about contrast with so many of the hot colors of Autumn!  In taxonomic flux, we previously offered this as Nipponanthemum nipponicum.

Price: $12.00
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Chrysosplenium macrostemon var. shiobarense Chrysosplenium macrostemon var. shiobarense

New offering from us of this underappreciated genus. We grow 7 taxa which must be some sort of record even for a nursery specializing in the obscure and unprofitable. This cool little groundcover is from Kyushu in Japan where it grows in shaded moist places.  The yellow/green flowers have an ineffable je ne sais quoi we quite enjoy.  Have not trialed for hardiness but the Ontario Rock Garden Society has tips for seed germination.

Price: $15.00
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Deparia lobato-crenata Deparia lobato-crenata

Another one of those hyphenated names which pique our interest no doubt due to some character defect on our part but there is nothing defective about this Japanese gem. Glossy evergreen leaves are evocative of Blechnum which is high praise in our book.  Gently, almost apologetically creeps to form a congenial aggregation of crowns

Price: $20.00
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Disporum sessile 'Variegatum Disporum sessile 'Variegatum

Handsome white variegated foliage couples to a rugged constitution. Creamy white pendant flowers are a welcome if unnecessary bonus given the attractive leaves. Peregrinates gently intermingling coyly with surrounding plants and gladly assumes its role as the foliar weft thread playing among the rigid warps of more structural elements in the garden.

Price: $15.00
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Disporum smilacinum 'Ki-no-tsukasa' Disporum smilacinum 'Ki-no-tsukasa'

A very good and stable selection from Japan of this little woodland creeper.  Dark green leaves are well-marked with feathered yellow tips and in spring this has pendant white starry flowers.  This will increase to create a definite bit of visual velcro in the garden because as your eye roams the plants, it will stop abruptly on this one.

Price: $12.00
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Disporum smilacinum 'Pink Star' Disporum smilacinum 'Pink Star'

Light pink starry flowers grace this covetous form of this wee Japanese species.  A gentle peregrinator spreading by short stolons and making a fine little clump which manages to evoke a lwarm fuzzy feeling in both the jaded collector as well as your average "dirt" gardener.  We live in both worlds and we like it.  A lot.

Price: $16.00
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Disporum smilacinum 'Rei Ho' Disporum smilacinum 'Rei Ho'

A scarce selection from Japan with white feathering at the ends of the leaves.  Typical habit for the species which is great because you will want a nice clump of this!  White flowers as well at the tips of the 4"-6' stems and all in all, a sophisticated addition to the shade garden.

Price: $18.00
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Disporum uniflorum (syn. D. flavens) Disporum uniflorum (syn. D. flavens)

Pendant clusters of yellow bells makes this a refined and classy plant for the shade garden.  Makes nice clumps and effortlessly combines with so many shade-loving plants.  This Korean native is very hardy and a good doer.

Price: $15.00
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Dryopteris cycadina Dryopteris cycadina

Shaggy Shield Fern.  This evergreen to semi-evergreen fern has a stellar vase-shaped habit with good dark green leaflets which contrast with the black scales on the stipe and rachis which is just  Pterid-talk for stem below the leaves and stem with the leaves.  Coldest part of its zonal range might precipitate a loss of fronds but it will be fine.  A bold and classic appearance for containers or the shaded garden where it is going to do best in moist to moderately moist soil.

Price: $16.00
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