Acers (Japanese maples) are a must-have for the Japanese garden look.

But beautiful though they are, they provide little for wildlife.

So add hellebores, snowdrops and crocuses for winter early spring; cherry or other spring blossom; fatsia for evergreen structure, Japanese quince. Plus that essential Japanese element – a pond: the most wildlife-friendly element you can add to your garden. Shady gardens are suitable for Japanese style planting.