Garden Design, Planting & Plants By Us

Amy’s Japanese-themed atrium design. The light well created here frames the composition and creates a bold focal point.

Japanese-themed atrium design

Plants from left to right: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’, Photinia glabra, Fatsia japonica. Ferns in forground: Polystichum polyblepharum and an Ilex crenata ‘Niwaki’. Bamboo background: Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’.

Ilex crenata ‘Niwaki’ (Japanese Holly). A tree of such exotic and immaculate beauty that its discovery was a seminal occasion in the genesis of Architectural Plants. 

Niwaki is Japanese for ‘garden tree’. Bonsai is Japanese for ‘pot plant’. The implication is obvious. Niwaki are meant to go in the ground. The Japanese passion for miniaturisation is behind the idea.

The Niwaki from Japan (Ilex crenata) are often produced by trees being cut down, being dug out of the ground, replanted in the nursery and then trained into a Niwaki. It’s quicker that way and it’s the tradition in Japan – mostly because the tree will grow quicker if it has a large existing root on it.

A pair of Ilex crenata ‘Niwaki’ in a courtyard design



To take the next step with your Garden Design, Planting or Creative Maintenance plans visit our Garden Design Page and complete our design enquiry form. One of our team will get in touch.

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