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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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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.

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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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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Boehmeria tricuspis "Akaso" Boehmeria tricuspis "Akaso"

Native to Japan, China and Korea.  In Japan, this is known as "Akaso".   Interesting narrow pink pipe cleaner flowers hang from the stems in late summer.  A mult-use plant with high quality fiber for cloth, paper and cordage, medicinal, as a dye imparting a warm gentle buff color to wool and edible new leaves.

Price: $12.00
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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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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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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 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 tokyoensis Dryopteris tokyoensis

Tokyo Wood Fern.  Classy deciduous species from Japan and Korea with good garden manners.  A necessary fern if you are a ferner and we are so we had to have it - more than one truth be told.  Deer and rabbit resistant which is critical in our garden.  We need to move the couch from the living room out to the garden at night so the dogs can send the vermin herbivores packing.

Price: $15.00
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Enkianthus campanulatus 'Miyamabeni' Enkianthus campanulatus 'Miyamabeni'

Nice selection from Japan of an excellent deciduous ericaceous species.  This has twiggy vertical growth with loads of reddish bell-shaped flowers.  An added bonus is the good red fall color.  This is a favorite of honeybees and hummingbirds alike.  One of those faultless plants.

Price: $15.00
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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty' Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'

This chance garden seedling is a visual filibuster against tight control and a resounding oration espousing the joys of letting a little Nature have its way. Rich wine colored new growth is eloquent in the language of leaves and the deep rose flowers lit bright white on the interior seem to hold a note of color in the garden that lingers.

Price: $15.00
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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion' Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion'

A fine selection of this deciduous Japanese species which was introduced by We-Du Nursery. Sizable flowers of rich purple are the hallmark of this plant and it more than holds it own against more recent hybrids. All Epimediums can't be painted with the same drought tolerant brush and this one appreciates more water than the real drought tolerant species.

Price: $16.00
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Epimedium sempervirens 'Mars' Epimedium sempervirens 'Mars'

A lucky chance seedling in the late Harold Epstein's garden which distinguishes itself by sporting new growth of deep chocolate purple. This color seems further intensified by the contrast of the large pink-cupped flowers with flaring spurs of pale pink to white. Deciduous species from Japan.

Price: $15.00
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