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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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.
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.
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.
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Small broadleaf evergreen tree from Korea and Japan for mild gardens. Clustered small yellow flowers snug tight to the stem at the terminal ends of the branches with further display offered by the purple-black fruit. The leaves have some desert taupe indumentum on the midrib and petioles.
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Polygonatum falcatum 'Wedding Bells'
A Tony Avent collection from Korea's Jeju (Cheju) island of this Solomon Seal species. Large green-tipped white bells walk down the aisle underneath the 2' arching stems. Polygonatums are an integral part of the mix in the shade garden and are a great genus to collect as there are lots of species with new ones still being discovered in the wild.
Polygonatum involucratum 'Green Hankies'
This is a fun species with green bracts napping the greenish-white flowers and these bracts are quite prominent in this selection by Tony Avent from his 2008 collection in Korea. A shorter species getting a foot or so tall and spreading but not scarily so.
Polygonatum odoratum 'Spiral Staircase'
Really good selection by Tony Avent from a collection on Korea's Jeju Island. This has closely set somewhat rounded leaves on stems that are slightly twisted giving the effect of a spiral staircase. The degree that this is apparent is directly correlated to how misspent and experimental your youth was. White flowers. Rock hardy.
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Chollipo'
A selection by Tony Avent from his collection in Korea and notable for the reddish 18" stems which adds a dash of panache especially when hung with white flowers tipped in green. These are followed by clusters of round black fruit so the show continues.
This Japanese-Chinese-Korean species is the embodiment of an evergreen fern whose classic presentation is imbued with Samurai reserve and enlivened only by the amber scales on the stipe whose meaning of such ornament goes back thousands of years and which our inadequate Western minds cannot begin to grasp beyond that it's real purty.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki'
This choice evergreen Tongue Fern is notable for the yellowish variegation on its evergreen 12" long leaves and is likely conspecific with the clone sold as 'Variegata', Pyrrosia are easy but require great drainage and unless you are planting it in a stumpery, rockery or slope, you will need to seriously amend with gravel, bark or assorted detritus of life.
Royal Azalea. Aptly named as this Korean deciduous species is a showstopper. Large light pink wide-open flowers in spring just as the new growth starts are, are, are…….my mental Thesaurus has bogged on synonyms for beautiful and superlative so you can fill in with the best you have. Oh, and the flowers are fragrant - you can see my dilemma.
Yellow Figwort. A plant of tough constitution with terminal heads of small yellow flowers which are quietly distinctive in that they resemble nothing else in your garden. We got seeds of this from Senior Curator at Denver Botanic Gardens, Panayoti Kelaidis who grows this in his home garden. Tolerant of some shade, some dry and some deer, this is easy.
One of the classic broad leaf evergreen small trees, this grows quite slowly and will fill the evergreen shrub niche for many years. This has small apetalous (that would be no petals so you can guess at the wow factor) chartreuse flowers in spring. Just a great Asian plant requiring decent moist soil.
Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo'
Introduced in 1985 by J.C. Raulston from Chindo Island in South Korea, this is a vigorous and very ornamental form of this evergreen species. Hi-Gloss leaves on a fast growing plant with fragrant white flowers in late spring. Clusters of red turning black fruit. Good for screening as this can get some size and proven Port Townsend deer resistant.
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Good showy Viburnum that has heads of white flowers in spring followed by bright red clusters of fruit which are a good bird attractant. This is a deciduous species from Japan, China and Korea and develops reds and burgundy tones in the fall to the leaves. Can be used as hedging and is great in an informal garden. Tough - hardy to zone 5.
Zingiber mioga 'Crug's Zing' BSWJ4379
A collection of this prized Asian culinary species from the Korean island of Jejudo which used to be Cheju or Cheju-do. This is a true Ginger but in the case, it is the deep yellow flower buds that are eaten which open to lilac-pink flowers held at ground level. The corn-like leaves get about 3' tall and this is hardy to zone 6 and even zone 5.