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Woodwardia orientalis Woodwardia orientalis

Crazy fern that takes away the need to fuss with growing this from spore as it makes a multitudinous panoply of ready-to-go plantlets on the leaves that will soon have you owning the corner in your 'hood dealing in fern babies.  Remember, if it's a kid, the first one is free.  Warmer gardens or indoors, mulch protect in zone 8 winters.

Price: $15.00
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Veratrum oxysepalum syn. V. album subsp. oxysepalum Veratrum oxysepalum syn. V. album subsp. oxysepalum

This is the Japanese version of our native False Hellebore. Wonderful broad pleated leaves and when old enough, nice spikes of white starry flowers to 3' or more. This likes a rich moist soil, emerges early in spring and goes dormant by mid to late summer. Deer resistant and very hardy.  Young plants.

Price: $25.00
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Heloniopsis orientalis - Select Heloniopsis orientalis - Select

This is easily the best disappointing plant we have.  This is one we imported from Japan - at some significant coast - as a Gold Leaf cultivar.  The first year was magic with leaves like pure sunlight but never again.  The best part is that it is an exceptionally good, vigorous clone with big flower heads and superb foliage.

Price: $18.00
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Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum

A comparatively graceful species of Veratrum with broadly narrow leaves, if that makes any sense and sadly, it does to us.  The 4'-5' flower stem has numerous lateral branchlets clad in lots of red-maroon flowers. To compare to the better-known V. nigrum, narrower leaves, flower stems much more open with flowers more red than purple-black.  Excellent long-lived plant of outstanding hardiness best suited for the cool to cold zones.  Young plants.

Price: $35.00
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Allium sacculiferum DJH 272 Allium sacculiferum DJH 272

A Dan Hinkley collection from Japan of this fine mid to late summer blooming Allium species. Good richly colored purple flowers are freely produced on this densely clumping little dude. Good in containers and great in the rock garden or special little niche.

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Pteris nipponica Pteris nipponica

We're looking at a houseplant here for everyone except those with that San Francisco microclimate and if you are lucky enough to have such a thing, just for the record - we pretty much hate you.  But we'll set aside the envy and sell you one of these astoundingly lovely ferns with long white ghostly fingered fronds.

Price: $16.00
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Ajuga incisa 'Bikun' Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'

Frosted Jade Ajuga. 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.

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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.

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Hepatica yamatutai Hepatica yamatutai - Pink Reverse Form

This coveted form has white flowers with a fully visible striking pink reverse to the backs of the petals. The leaves which follow bloom are impressive in their own right being quite large with rounded lobes and rich purple-maroon undersides. A plant of this in your garden will forever mark you as a discerning plant nerd.

Price: $30.00
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Saxifraga nipponica 'Pink Pagoda' Saxifraga nipponica 'Pink Pagoda'

A small cloud of pink flowers on this otherwise white flowered species. One of the easiest species in the section Irregulares to which the more familiar Saxifraga fortunei belongs.  This has the redeeming quality of being able to handle a bit more dry and sun than some of the others but why make it work if you don’t have to?

Price: $16.00
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Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi' Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi'

An outstanding selection from Mt Kiyosumi in Japan, this is distinguished by russet and burgundy tones to the new foliage and the lacecap flowers are the perfect complement to that foliage with the sterile florets being white in the center of the flower and bushing to a distinct pink rim.

Price: $18.00
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Spiraea japonica 'Bullata' Spiraea japonica 'Bullata'

This is one of our favorite little dwarf shrubs that totally rocks the rock garden.  Slow, slow growth, densely twiggy, small heavily textured leaves and small clusters of deep pink flowers in mid summer makes this a great choice for containers or that small special place.

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion' Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion'

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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Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju' Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'

The Japanese name 'Seiju' translates to "master" in English. This showy dwarf Chinese Elm has mastered textural structure with especially corky bark as it ages.  The small leaves don't obscure this corkiness and have a brief Autumnal dalliance with yellow. A go-to specimen for Bonsai and provides a larger element in the rock garden.

Price: $18.00
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Heloniopsis orientalis var. breviscapa A-So BSWJ5850 Heloniopsis orientalis var. breviscapa A-So BSWJ 5850

Collected by the Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm from, as they describe it, "the moist well-drained forests on the steep sides of the Aso Crater on Kyushu, Japan." The tip of the flowering stem or scape is dark purple which then holds lavender-pink flowers with dark ovaries. For moist soil in light shade to part shade.

Price: $20.00
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Isodon umbrosus Isodon umbrosus

This Lamiaceae species comes from woodlands in Japan such as Fukushima Prefecture.  All summer you get to enjoy the subtly interesting leaf shape and texture, pondering what possessed you to grant this space in your overplanted garden.  Once the riot of summer color is gone, the lavender spikes of this uncommon species brings clarity.

Price: $18.00
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Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade' Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'

Luscious variegated selection out of Japan of this small evergreen shrub.  The leaves are heavily frothed and patterned in creamy whites which can take on some pink depending on the season and exposure.  No two leaves are alike on this new wave plant canvas.  Small white flowers under the branches.

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Astilbe thunbergii var. terrestris Astilbe thunbergii var. terrestris

A fine little dwarf Astilbe native to Japan and one that has proved to be very enduring as well as endearing. Low mounds of dense and finely cut foliage with short spikes of soft pink fluff in early summer. We grow this out in the full sun with ample water.

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Heloniopsis orientalis var. breviscapa BSWJ 5873 Heloniopsis orientalis var. breviscapa BSWJ 5873

We are wild about this genus and it combines beauty, rarity and growability in its appeal.  Evergreen rosettes of flattened broadly lance-shaped leaves with spring whitish flowers accented by purple stamens.  Zone 6.

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Dryopteris formosana Dryopteris formosana

A very good evergreen fern native to Taiwan, China and Japan which we imported from a specialist in the UK.  Tidy and attractive species reaching 30" wide with fronds to 20" tall, this requires shade to part shade.  And brace yourself - it is tolerant of dry shade!  Happier of course with some water,  Spore-grown by us.

Price: $20.00
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Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel' Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel'

NeGolden yellow are its hallmark in spring to mid summer after which they become a light yellow-green but still an element of light brightness in the shade.  Late in Oct/Nov, this defies conventional wisdom by producing  yellow bottlebrush flowers.

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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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Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - blue / purple shades Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - blue / purple shades

These Japanese versions of the European nobilis are ones we have grown from seed and have been hoarding for a few years but since there is no room left in the Hepatica house, we must send a few of our kids out into the world.  Each plant is different from pale blue to purple and we get to pick.

Price: $18.00
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Hepatica nobilis var. japonica 'Wakakusa' Hepatica nobilis var. japonica 'Wakakusa'

Our own flowering divisions from a plant bequeathed us from the former garden of plant-obsessed Marian Raitz.   This Japanese selection is a fully pink double and double means the flowers last longer than the typical single fertile flowers.  Ideal for cool greenhouse pot culture or mild gardens.

Price: $50.00
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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: $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.

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Saxifraga stolonifera 'Kinki Purple' BSWJ 4972 Saxifraga stolonifera 'Kinki Purple' BSWJ 4972

A collection from Japan by the Wynn-Jones from the higher elevations in the mountains of the Kinki Peninsula in central Honshu.  This is very similar to the clone 'Maroon Beauty' which is no diminishment.  Good purplish leaves with paler highlights and impressive flowers for a Sax with tall stems bearing flocks of white blooms.  Moist and shade.

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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 warm 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: $18.00
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Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - white flower/red anthers Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - white flower/red anthers

This is just a good clean form we have bulked over the years by patient, ever so patient, year after year, division.  Clear white flowers with the subtle pop of red anthers and a marbled leaf to boot.  This all combines in a presentation of exquisite subtlety that propels you back via state-induced memory to past intersections with grace and beauty.

Price: $28.00
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Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - Pink Hepatica nobilis var. japonica - Pink

These Japanese versions of the European nobilis are ones we have grown from seed and have been hoarding for a few years but since there is no room left in the Hepatica house, we must send a few of our kids out into the world. Each plant varies a bit but all are good pinks and we get to pick.

Price: $18.00
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