Although no rulebook exists for choosing plants for a Japanese garden, some Japanese garden plants are traditional in such a garden, including those that provide year-round greenery as well as those with seasonal color. There are several common Japanese garden plants that often found in the Japanese gardens. And here are some of them. The Japanese Yew, the Japanese white pine and the Japanese red pine are common evergreens that provide foliage and interesting bark patterns year-round. The flowering cherry and the Japanese plum tree are frequently used in Japanese gardens to provide spring color with early blossoms and beautiful leaves through summer and early fall. On the other hand, moss is used in the Japanese garden to soften and beautify the areas under trees and shrubs. Moss grows particularly well under evergreen varieties since mosses prefer a moist shady growing environment.
Mosses are also used to add color and texture to many of the large rock landscaping features in Japanese gardens. Mosses that do well in your local climate should be used since others might not thrive. Contact a local nursery for information about moss varieties that will do well in your area. Another Japanese garden plants is the lotus. When a Japanese garden includes a pond, it does not seem like a true Japanese garden without the most commonly used aquatic plant, the Lotus. The Lotus plant is edible with large pink flowers that only last several days. The Lotus plant is also significant in the Buddhist religion because it signifies rebirth after death in paradise.