Japanese plants

Japanese maple with red leaves

A source of inexhaustible attraction, the Japanese maple, in all its varieties, characterizes the gardens for its extraordinary splashes of color. This plant is native to eastern Asia and grows spontaneously in the hillside woods in a temperate climate. Its posture is erect, multi-branched and does not exceed three meters in height, which is why it can be grown very well in pots. The spectacular nature of this small tree is due to the particular color it assumes already from the phase of enlargement of the buds. This and the subsequent phases of opening and development of the shoots, up to the complete manifestation of the new leaves, are characterized by an infinite range of colors, which vary according to the species, the season and the light. Depending on the variety of maple, the leaves and shoots can be white in color, pink, salmon, cream, peach, ocher, amber, orange, red, purple, purple and brown. The series of details is also very varied and includes veins of different colors, variegations, punctuation, and more. The best seasons to observe the various shades of color are spring and autumn.

Eriobotrya japonica

Eriobotrya japonica, better known as Japanese medlar, is a plant native to eastern China, which grows very well in all warm-temperate zones. It is an evergreen plant, with large oval-shaped dark green leaves, 25-30 cm in length and 8-10 cm in width. Towards the end of autumn, star-shaped white flowers develop on the branches of the medlar, gathered in clusters and with a delicate fragrance. During the spring, these flowers turn into edible fruits with a rounded shape, yellow-orange in color and with a sweet and fleshy pulp. In gardens it is particularly appreciated for its dense and rounded, evergreen foliage, and for the choreography that flowers and fruits offer from spring to all summer.

Japanese cherry

The ornamental cherry, which the Japanese call sakura, is the symbolic plant of the land of the rising sun. Its delicacy and short life cycle symbolize fragility and rebirth, as well as the beauty of existence. It is a flowering cherry, present in many varieties, which explodes every spring in spectacular blooms. The colors of the flowers range from white to red, passing through all the intermediate shades. During the autumn the leaves are tinged with a very intense and attractive color. The combination with rhododendrons creates a chromatic effect much loved by the Japanese, as well as the combination between cherry and maple and between cherry trees that develop flowers of different colors and in different eras. The latter is a way to guarantee a flower garden from mid-winter to late spring.

Japanese plants: Plants for the Zen garden

If we are talking about Japanese plantsgarden furniture you cannot overlook the Zen garden, a perfect fusion of Japanese gardening techniques and Zen philosophy. The few elements that make up this type of garden acquire a strong symbolic value, as happens to the absolute protagonist: the void. Alongside stones and water, plants also represent values, and the choice of the species cannot be random. First of all, the plants are distinguished between male and female, deciduous and evergreen, taking into account the various periods of flowering and leaf fall. Bamboo, juniper, fern, maple and azalea are some of the most typical plants found in Zen gardens, very decorative and particularly rich in meaning. Finally, the placement of the plants must follow a particular pattern, which is also full of symbolic values.

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