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Echoes of Japan in an English Garden by Kay Yamada

Kay Yamada, who in 1990 opened the first authentic English garden in Japan (Barakura English Garden), has designed a garden which fuses English and Japanese gardening styles.

Echoes of japan - chelsea flower show 2009

It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Britain. The garden is also part of the 'Japan-UK150' events relating to this anniversary.

Echoes of japan - chelsea flower show 2009

The fusion between the two countries is achieved through the use of indigenous Japanese plants planted in an English style, together with a pair of Japanese traditional 'Sui-Kin-Kutsu' (water harp caves) which create beautiful echoing sounds.

Echoes of japan - chelsea 2009

Inscribed in the white sand is a 'Seikaiha', a wave crest pattern, often found on kimonos and in Japanese art, this is echoed on tiles. Gilded glass ornaments float on the gentle stream.

Echoes of japan - chelsea flower show 2009

At the centre of the garden are Rhododendron mucronulatum var. ciliatum 'Genkai' and Rhododendron schlippenbachii 'Kurofune'. There is particular emphasis on plants that are nearly forgotten throughout Japan. The garden will be reconstructed in Yokohama following the show, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of this Japanese port.

Plant list

You can read more about each plant by clicking the links below. Add any of these plants to you own 'Plants I want' list. To get a copy of this plant list emailed to you (to add to your own Plants I want list) please write to Shoot@ShootGardening.co.uk and title your email 'Echoes of Japan plants list'.

Trees and Shrubs
Rhododendron mucronulatum var. ciliatum 'Genkai'
Rhododendron schlippenbachii 'Kurofune'
Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'
Viburnum wrightii
Hydrangea macrophylla
Acer palmatum
Philadelphus satsumi
Athyrium
Dryopteris
Rosa multiflora
Wisteria sinensis floribunda 'Beni Fuji' (Pink Wisteria)
Wisteria sinensis floribunda (Double Flower)
Actinidia polygama
Rhododendron yakushimanum
Juniperus horizontalis
Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl'
Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'
Skimmia japonica
Fatsia japonica
Euonymus fortunei
Rosa banksiae

Herbaceous
Iris ensata var.ensata 'Shoubu'
Dryopteris
Matteuccia struthioptenis
Davallia mariesii
Sasaella
Acorus gramineus
Hosta sieboldii
Hosta sieboldiana
Hosta undulata
Hosta crispula
Hosta lancifolia
Hosta 'Shade Fanfare'
Hosta tokudama
Hosta 'Blue Diamond'
Hosta 'Blue Moon'
Hosta 'Sagae'
Hosta sieboldii f. kabitan
Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard'
Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata
Hosta ventricosa var. aureomaculata
Hosta 'Piedmont Gold'
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Hosta fortunei var. albopicta
Ophiopogon planiscapus
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Ophiopogon jaburan
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Heuchera micrantha
Sasa veitchii
Bambusa
Carex magellanica subsp. irrigua
Carex oxyandra
Carex van-heurckii
Carex pyrenaica
Vinca minor
Scirpus
Thelypteris palustris
Miscanthus sinensis
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'